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42043-1 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245

42043-1

Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245

Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 is LEGO set 42043-1. It has a score of 89. This is good compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 6 reviews, based on 10 scored reviews and 12 reviews total. It is ranked in the top 10.57% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2015, and it is categorised in Technic.

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Average rating

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Recommendations

Recomended 60%

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Price Per Part (PPP)

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Average PPP for Technic in 2015 is 0.12. PPP for this set is 0.09, which is better.

All prices are in $USD, adjusted for inflation. This set is compared to other sets categorised as Technic. Read more about this in our article about price comparisons.

PPP is a guide, not a rule, and affected by the type of parts included. A set containing small generic parts generally have better PPP than one containing larger specialized parts.

Price Per Minifig (PPM)

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We do not currently know how the average price per minifig for this set compares to other sets.

All prices are in $USD, adjusted for inflation. This set is compared to other sets categorised as Technic. Read more about this in our article about price comparisons.

PPM only takes the number of minifigs into account and discards everything else. It's a guide, not a rule.

Review breakdown

Scored reviews

Sariel's LEGO Workshop Recommendation: yes 5 / 5 → 100 / 100

ttpm Recommendation: yes 5 / 5 → 100 / 100

LEGO Recommendation: meh 4.85 / 5 → 97 / 100

Blocks Magazine Recommendation: yes 91 / 100 → 91 / 100

Brickset Recommendation: yes 4.5 / 5 → 90 / 100

The LEGO Car Blog Recommendation: meh 9 / 10 → 90 / 100

Brick Fanatics Recommendation: yes 4.5 / 5 → 90 / 100

Eurobricks Recommendation: yes 9 / 10 → 90 / 100

amazon.com Recommendation: meh 4.3 / 5 → 86 / 100

Sariel's LEGO Workshop Recommendation: no 3 / 5 → 60 / 100

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Set information

Set ID: 42043-1
Name: Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245
Parts: 2793

Retail price (USD):
Original: 229.99
Inflation adjusted: 248.08

Price Per Part (USD):
Original: 0.08
Inflation adjusted: 0.09

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Sariel's LEGO Workshop

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Recommendation: yes 5 / 5 by Paweł Kmieć

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ttpm

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Recommendation: yes 5 / 5

This is the largest LEGO Technic set to date. It combines the ease of LEGO building with the intricate details found in a modeling kit, that older LEGO builders appreciate and enjoy.

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LEGO

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Recommendation: meh 4.85 / 5 from 72 reviews

Ok I've built a few Lego sets in the Creator Expert series, the F40, the VW T1 and the Mini Cooper underway but I wanted a real challenge so I picked up the Arocs. It certainly delivers on the challenge aspect on the build, this being my first 2,500+ piece build I knew I was in for some fun. After a two day marathon I had me one huge truck to display! Yes it's not a small model by any stretch nor is it light but it looks mighty fine to say the least and the power functions do work quite well as well as the air powered functions of the crane arm. I've read online that this is actually the biggest Technic set ever released and I dove in head first quite blindly. It was actually fun to hook up the battery to test out portions of the power functions to verify operation and that "hey I can do this stuff!" Then again I am a mechanic by trade so this kind of work is right in my wheelhouse. The pluses, Relatively good instructions. Amazing amount of moving parts both by power and manual actuation. It makes the F40 nervous just sitting there! The small minuses, One particular page in the manual for the blue air lines is as clear as mud and could use some more clarity in this regard. Through the overall length it could use some torsional stiffeners as it is a bit twisty. All in all a great kit for one wanting a challenge, and as I sit here I'm actually considering buying a second one to do the alternate build and display them together.

This score from LEGO is an aggregate of 72 reviewers. The snippet above represent only one of them.
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Blocks Magazine

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Recommendation: yes 91 / 100

42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 was reviewed in issue 14 of Blocks Magazine.

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Brickset

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Recommendation: yes 4.5 / 5 from 9 reviews

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The LEGO Car Blog

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Recommendation: meh 9 / 10 by The LEGO Car Blog Team

Overall 42043 is lots of fun. All the functions work well and are easy to control, making it a very playable set. The cabin looks very convincing and is done neatly when you look past the dull white colour. The crane is a bit high when collapsed, but the smooth way it works makes up for that. 42043 does cost a lot of money, but it's worth it.

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Brick Fanatics

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Recommendation: yes 4.5 / 5 by Keith

I am not sure if this is for everyone. I suspect many will be indulging in LEGO Dimensions or such, but as I have zero interest in gaming and the like, this is a perfect substitute. For car nuts and budding engineers of the future, this AROCS set hits all the notes with the occasional flat part.

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Eurobricks

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Recommendation: yes 9 / 10 by Jim

The main question I posed at the beginning of this review "Is this set better than the Unimog?" can be answered with a loud "Yes!". Your milage may vary, but the pneumatic crane is more advanced and it is working better than the one on the Unimog. There's no problem with the model leaning to one side and steering, although not perfect on this model either, works better than the Unimog. Which brings us to the obvious next question. Is this set also better than the 8258 - Crane Truck? The 8258 is absolutely a fantastic set (probably the most highly acclaimed truck to date), but to be honest; I think the Mercedes just kicked it from the throne.

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amazon.com

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Recommendation: meh 4.3 / 5 from 71 reviews

This truck is huge and has lots of moving parts. My son is 15 and put it together in about a day and a half, working pretty much nonstop during the days. The remote functions are only for the crane and dump truck parts; it is not RC drivable like some other Technic trucks. I highly recommend this product if you like big vehicles and fun gadgets. If you are used to traditional Legos, just note that Technic is a different type (think k'nex but better). It is a more complex building system but you end up with a really cool truck that's super durable.

This score from amazon.com is an aggregate of 71 reviewers. The snippet above represent only one of them.
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Sariel's LEGO Workshop

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Recommendation: no 3 / 5 by Paweł Kmieć

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New Elementary

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by caperberry

My verdict is quite simple: if you can afford it, buy it! There is no way you will possibly regret the purchase. The set is an amazing, varied build (especially if you decide to build the tipping bed first) and the techniques applied are simply mind-blowing. Yes, it is that good! Who would have guessed the LEGO Group would ever release a Technic set this size with full suspension and new longer pneumatic cylinders?

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Brickset News

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by Huw

This set introduces a new Pneumatic System V2 powered functionality to the Technic range. It will enable complex MOCs to be built with functions that were otherwise difficult to produce mechanically. I hope that this set will lead the release of more sets in 2016 with pneumatic functions.

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