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07 June 2011

Mercedes-Benz celebrates the Unimog’s 60th anniversary with LEGO

Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz celebrates the 60th birthday of its most versatile workhorse by letting the public build one of their own. To be more exact, the German automaker tied up exclusively with LEGO, the third largest toy manufacturer in the world, to design its biggest LEGO Technic kit yet, The Unimog U400. 
The LEGO Technic version of the Mercedes-Benz Unimog U400 is a 1:12.5 scale model comprised of 2,048 pieces, which is sure to excite not only children aged 11 to 16, but also LEGO and Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts of all ages. The mini ‘mog comes with stuff one might expect to find with the real deal including a winch, a pneumatic crane with gripper arm, and an engine with moving pistons. Because the model mimics the original so well, one wouldn’t be surprised to find that the 4WD toy can even go off-road. After all, the Danish toymaker promises that the scale model will reproduce real functions in LEGO Format. The LEGO Technic Unimog U400 will be available in Europe by August 2011, priced at approximately 190 Euros. 
A Bit of History
The first ever Mercedes-Benz Unimog rolled off the plant in Gaggenau, Germany on June 3, 1951. The Unimog has since then been used for snow plowing, caring for greens and landscapes, and even fighting forest fires among other helpful things. Come 2002, the production of this versatile vehicle moved to Wörth, Germany. 
Apart from celebrating the Unimog’s 60th this June 2011, the 10,000th unit was produced in the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant in December 2010. To date, there have been over 380,000 units of the tool truck produced.