The Diamond Jubilee. Six decades. Sixty years. That's how long Mercedes-Benz's Unimog has been around as of Friday. For over half a century, Universal-Motor-Geraets or, Unimogs have been rolling out of plants in Gaggenau and Woerth am Rhein and into the capable hands of blue-collar workers all over the world. In celebration of this momentous occasion, Mercedes-Benz has teamed up for the first time with Lego to create the largest Lego Technic ever, the Lego Technic Unimog U400.
While Unimogs have been rolling through the Earth's forests, deserts and everything in between long enough for over 380,000 to be manufactured; enthusiasts have never before had the chance to build their very own. With Lego's new 2,048 piece Technic Unimog U400, Unimog lovers throughout Europe will now be able to build their very own.
The 15.2 inch-long (1:12.5) scale Lego Unimog is highly realistic. According to Mercedes and Lego, even the engine is "accurate in every detail, right down to the pistons." Just like a real Unimog, the Lego version features a combo of electric and pneumatic power which allows the model's crane (capable of rotating almost 360 degrees,) and winch to be operated as if this tiny titan were the real thing. For "winter use," the Lego's crane and winch can also be converted into a snowplow -- something that real Unimogs are put to work for every winter.
So far, Mercedes-Benz and Lego have yet to announce whether the Lego Technic Unimog U400 will be available in North America. While Mercedes briefly sold Unimog's in the United States from 2002 through 2007, due to stiff competition (and non-compliance with EPA regulations after 2007,) Mercedes pulled Unimog's out of the market with only 184 sold. European buyers will be more lucky. The Lego Technic Unimog U400 will go on sale across the pond in August for a tidy 190 Euros (or roughly $275, at today's exchange rates). While pricey, it's not inconceivable for Unimog lovers across the rest of the world to be able to import their very own Lego Technic Unimog once it goes on sale. While the Unimog has been in production for sixty-years now, there's no sign of letting up. After all, there are still plenty of fields to be plowed, roads to be built and battles to fight.