Lego Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245: The Toy For Grown-Ups
We’ve covered our share of awesome Lego vehicles on this site, but they all pale in comparison to this – the Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245. This is Lego’s latest product in its Technic line and comes complete with a working outrigger, stability arms, and dump bed.
This impressive scale model measures 12 inches tall, five inches wide, and 21 inches long and is comprised of 2,793 individual pieces. Many of those pieces are new for Lego, including power functions and new pneumatic actuators. Those actuators operate the dump bed and the boom arm via controls mounted on the side and cab of the truck.
“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.”
The Lego Technic kit will be available August 1, 2015 for a price that’s not yet disclosed. However, with all the working bits included here, it’s hard to picture this being anything but expensive. Then again, Lego essentially include two trucks for the price of one. Instructions for building an alternate truck, a Mercedes Articulated Construction Truck, are included in the box and utilize all the same pieces.
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Why it matters
Toys like this allow gearheads to have fun with mechanical things without getting dirty and at a much lower cost than new performance parts for their SLK. The Arocs 3245 yet again proves that Legos are not just for little kids, but rather a wide range of audiences.