Children test a completely new Arocs – from Lego!


The new force in the sandpit.

The latest Arocs is not rolling off the assembly line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth, but in Billund in Denmark – a Lego model, which “Mercedes-Benz Transport” let two young experts put through its paces.

A quick flip of two small switches, one click and the pneumatic pump starts to whirr. The bright red crane jib rises gently from the tipper body and swivels to one side along with the clamshell grab. “You’ve got to extend the supports, otherwise it’ll overturn!” a young girl’s voice warns amidst the noise being made by the wheel loader and a jaw crusher. On the outskirts of Lübeck, on the premises of the company Bernd Grabowski Abbruchgesellschaft mbh & Co KG (corporate motto: “The fine art of destruction”), there’s an atmosphere of tense expectation on this sunny morning in May. The reason: in the middle of a huge heap of sand, a very special vehicle is about to be put into operation for the very first time.

“Our sandpit here is a little bit bigger than that of most other kids,” explains twelve-year-old Tim Grabowski with a broad grin, as he heeds the advice given by his sister. With just two fast flicks of the wrist, the hydraulics is disengaged and the support drive is ready. “Switch on the electric motor!” Tim tells his sister, and Marie gives a nod. She doesn’t need to be told twice. She swiftly pushes the orange switch on the cab roof into the right position. With a quiet rattle, the supports are extended. The fascinated eight-year-old comments: “The new Lego Arocs not only looks exactly like Dad’s three Mercedes trucks, it can also do just as much.”