HESS Fire Truck Giveaway & LEGO Books by Robin Gorman Newman

My son, 12, has been collecting Hess toy trucks for years now, and this year, he was over the moon when Hess announced the 2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue.  He has long aspired to be a fireman, so this is right up his alley.  Hess trucks are always so well-designed and crafted, and I know they will stand the test of time as my sons collection continues to grow.

hessredfiertruckThe Hess Toy is a red Fire Truck features oversized tires, swiveling chrome detailed fire hose nozzles, LED lights including a high powered pivoting LED searchlight, a slide -out ramp and four realistic sound effects. The accompanying Ladder Rescuehas a rotating extension ladder with a movable nozzle and push-activated friction motor.  It’s for sale at www.hesstoytruck.com ith free standard shipping and five Energizer® batteries included.

Hess has added a new surprise this year: 100 lucky customers will find an individually numbered Silver Edition Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue (pictured above) when they open their 2015 Hess Toy Truck package.

In addition to online ordering, customers can also purchase the Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue at 10 select shopping malls:

  • New York: Queens Center, Kings Plaza, Green Acres and Broadway
  • New Jersey: Paramus Park, Woodbridge Center, Willowbrook and Cherry Hill
  • Pennsylvania: Willow Grove Park and Capital City

To stay up to date with the Hess Toy Truck and to learn more about the 100 Silver Edition surprises, sign up for alerts at www.hesstoytruck.com and follow Hess Toy Truck on Facebook, www.facebook.com/hesstoytruck, Twitter, @HessToyTruck, and Instagram, @HessToyTruck.


To enter, email robin@motherhoodlater.com and put HESS FIRE TRUCK in the Subject Line, and indicate why you would like to win it.  Please include your full name and mailing address.  Winner will be notified via email.  Deadline to enter: Midnight 12/20.


My son is also passionate about LEGO.  He loves to build, and enjoys the special LEGO books that are beautiful collectibles and gifts, but also serve as inspiration for the many creations he builds.  The latest in his collection from No Starch Press are: BEAUTIFUL LEGO WILD! and THE LEGO ARCHITECT.

Scenes from nature spring to life in Mike Doyle’s latest curated collection of LEGO art, Beautiful LEGO: Wild! published by No Starch Press.  From botanical marvels to adorable critters—as a sea otter family made from 3,500 LEGO pieces—every page of this oversized paperback is eye-catching …with creations ranging from the whimsical to impressively detailed.  You almost feel like you can reach out and touch some of them, particularly the colorful flowers.  Kids will recognize the Penguins of Madagascar, Grumpy Cat, Bullseye the Target Dog, and the Black Stallion.

Interviews with LEGO masters from around the world give you a glimpse into the inspiration behind these works of art. Pictured are landscapes, insects, mythical creatures, and more, all within the 232 strikingly vivid pages of Beautiful LEGO: Wild!  Visit https://www.nostarch.com/beautifullego3.

Being the bird-lovers that we are, this book is a treat to peruse, and I must admit, Percy the Pink Robin (my namesake), brought an immediate smile to my face.

THE LEGO ARCHITECT is a new coffee-table book that showcases art deco skyscrapers, neoclassical federal buildings, postmodern office complexes, and sleek modern homes—all built with thousands of plastic LEGO bricks by a community of visionary artists.

According to Tom Alphin, author of The LEGO Architect, “The official LEGO Architecture sets are bestsellers because they allow people to experience architecture hands-on, by recreating famous buildings. My book runs with this idea, but with the broader goal of exploring many influential architectural styles.”

In The LEGO Architect, readers learn about the history of seven unique architectural styles and follow step-by-step instructions to build twelve LEGO models. Stunning photographic galleries of famous buildings will inspire builders of all levels to design their very own structures.  Visit https://www.nostarch.com/legoarchitect.

Readers of The LEGO Architect will build:
• An art deco movie theater
• Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
• Modernist and Sullivanesque skyscrapers
• Frank Lloyd Wright’s Willits House
• A brutalist library
• A high-tech train station

My son can’t wait to dive into this one….that’s after he puts together the firehouse LEGO set he received for Hanukkah this year.



Note: Thanks to the featured products for providing samples.

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