Lego Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 on-sale in August
The Lego Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 construction vehicle joins the Lego Technic range and will go on-sale around the world from August 1.
FOLLOWING ITS collaboration on the Lego Tecnic Unimog project, both Lego and Mercedes-Benz have teamed up to produce this scaled, brick-built Lego Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245, considered to be one of the world’s most complex trucks, and now one of the most complex Lego Technic kits too. It will go on-sale from August 1, pricing hasn’t been released yet for Australia.
The Lego boffins have been able to copy the Mercedes-Benz Arocs frame and suspension system, steering, drives and lifts, which is no mean feat. And while the Practical Motoring team went weak at the knees over the recently revealed Lego Ferrari F40, this Arocs 3245 has us in a quandary over which one to choose and build.
“After the very successful cooperation with Lego Technic on the Unimog-project, Mercedes-Benz Trucks subsequently considered a follow-up project,” says Andreas Gruber, Marketing Manager at Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
“In the context of the new Mercedes-Benz Trucks product launches – starting in 2011 – one specific vehicle seemed to have a special potential for a new joint Lego Technic/Mercedes-Benz Trucks project: the new Arocs 3245,” says Gruber.
With 2793 elements, power functions, and using several of the newly developed Lego pneumatic actuators, the Arocs 3245 is considered to be one of the most complex models in the Lego Technic range. It measures 31cm (H) 14cm (W), and 54cm (L).
“It is a perfect fit for Lego Technic,” says Lego Senior Marketing Manager Niels Henrik Horsted. “Our ground pillars are authenticity, functionality and challenging and engaging building. Whenever we design a new set, our aim is to give Technic builders a stunning model that looks as detailed as its real life version as possible. It should have all the main functionalities you would expect. And we strive to introduce inspiring new ways to build with the Technic elements. Our version of the Arocs 3245 fulfils that in every way.”
To make sure designers replicated as many details as possible on the Arocs 3245, Horsted and his brick-building boffins visited the Mercedes-Benz Trucks production line in Wörth to get up close and personal with how the Arocs 3245 is assembled.
“We wanted to match the real Arocs 3245 as best as we could. Our model comes with new four axle suspension, a new outrigger element, a new turntable element, pumps, and of course our advanced new Pneumatics 2.0 system, which offers an easier, more realistic way of connecting cylinders and hoses. And, as always with our big Lego Technic models, this box comes with building instructions for an alternative model that is equally authentic and challenging to build.”
For Andreas Gruber and his team at Mercedes-Benz Trucks it was also important to get the Lego designers as close to the real Arocs as possible.
“The key priority we discussed with the Lego designers was getting the design, scale and advanced functions as similar as possible to the original Arocs 3245,” says Gruber, “including adding as many iconic details in from the real Arocs to the Lego model as possible – handrail, step-up, wheel chock, etc. It was very important to us that everyone would immediately identify the Lego Technic model as the Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245. They have accomplished that.”