From August, 1, 2015, fleet operators will be able to add a new variant of the Mercedes-Benz Arocs to their fleets - a Lego Technic scale model.
Lego said it tried to make the model as true to life as possible, incorporating details such as working supsension, drive and lifts.
This is not the first time a Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle ha been re-imagined in Lego, however. Andreas Gruber, senior marketing manager at Mercedes-Benz Trucks said: “After the very successful cooperation with LEGO Technic on the Unimog-project, Mercedes-Benz Trucks subsequently considered a follow-up project.
Gruber added: “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."
Lego said it will be the most complex model in its Technic range.
“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.
He continued: "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.”
In order to replicate as many real life details as possible on the Lego Technic Arocs 3245, Horsted and his team visited the Mercedes-Benz Trucks production facilities in Wörth to take a closer look at the assembly line.
Horsted said: “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. It’s a Mercedes-Benz Articulated Construction Truck, which is just over 30” (77 cm) long.”
Gruber also said it was 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,” said Gruber, “Including adding as many iconic details in from the real Arocs to the Lego model as possible – handrail, step-up, wheel chock, etc.
Gruber continued: "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.”