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First LEGO Mack Truck debuts

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The iconic Mack bulldog sits in miniature form on the hood of the first LEGO Mack Truck. (Contributed photo)
The iconic Mack bulldog sits in miniature form on the hood of the first LEGO Mack Truck. (Contributed photo)

Fans of Mack Trucks now have a chance to build their own Mack Anthem, one of the trucks manufactured in the Lehigh Valley that made its debut in September.

Well, they can at least build a toy version of the truck.

That’s right, a Mack truck now comes in a LEGO.

“This is the first time Mack Trucks has partnered with the LEGO Group,” said John Walsh, vice president of marketing for Mack Trucks.

And Mack is making a big bang with its LEGO debut.

At 2,595 pieces, the Mack Anthem set is the fifth-largest LEGO Technic set ever. It retails for $179.

Walsh said it has become a great source of pride for those who work for the company.

“It’s extremely exciting,” he said. “Everyone who had a part in designing, engineering and assembling the Mack Anthem can take pride in knowing that a global brand like LEGO saw the value in partnering with Mack Trucks to create this awesome building set.”

Walsh said Mack and LEGO officials have been meeting on the project since mid-2016, with both sides working to create an accurate, detail-oriented model of the Mack Truck.

"The Mack product design team had fun working with the LEGO Group and their team, but we took this as seriously as we would any other project," said Lukas Yates, Mack chief designer – exterior.

Features include an interior complete with a detailed dashboard and steering wheel, sun visors, adjustable seats and bunk bed. A working driveline featuring an engine with a spinning radiator fan and moving pistons also is part of the kit. The pistons even move in the correct firing sequence for a Mack MP engine.

But Walsh said his favorite part is one of the smallest pieces of the set.

“We are particularly thrilled that LEGO designers ensured the ultimate finishing detail by immortalizing our Bulldog hood ornament in LEGO form, which speaks volumes to the value they saw in partnering with the Mack brand,” he said.

Walsh said that while he has a LEGO Mack in his office, he hasn’t tried assembling one yet. He said the more than 2,500 parts definitely will make it a tough project to tackle, although not as complex as manufacturing a real, full-sized Mack Truck.

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Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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