Monday, June 6, 2011

Mercedes-Benz, Lego Celebrate 60 Years of Unimog

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="538" caption="The Mercedes-Benz Unimog, originally intended for use in agriculture, is often utilized in eco-tourism transport and safaris."][/caption]

Lego is releasing its most ambitious scale model ever, and naturally it's associated with the "Best or Nothing" automaker: Mercedes-Benz.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 'do it all' Unimog truck by Mercedes-Benz, Lego has created a 1:12:5 model that is a hybrid of highly accurate details and fun functioning features.

With 2,048 parts, this scale model is maybe not for the casual Lego fan, but the resulting mini-Mercedes is worth the hard work. The Lego Unimog U 400 has its very own functioning miniature suspension, rotating gripper arm and an engine with moving pistons. The truck's best feature is arguably its pneumatically operated crane that can move any pesky pebbles lying in your path.

The models will be available for purchase in toy stores and Mercedes-Benz dealers as early as this August.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="561" caption="Unimogs compete in truck trials and Dakar Rally competitions, but are usually put to more practical use as snowplows and construction equipment."][/caption]

Would you take on 2,048 Lego parts to build this impressive mini Mercedes-Benz?

More from GRAutoBlog on "60 Years of Unimog"
"60 Years of Unimog" Mercedes-Benz Concept

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