LEGO Technic Mack Anthem 42078
Enjoy a rewarding and innovative building experience with this exceptional 2-in-1 LEGO® Technic replica of the Mack Anthem truck. Developed in partnership with Mack® Trucks Inc., this meticulously detailed model features an array of realistic details and functions. Open the doors and you'll discover a well-equipped driver's cab complete with a detailed dashboard and steering wheel, sun visors, adjustable seats and a bunk bed, while under the bonnet you'll discover a 6 cylinder straight engine with moving pistons and spinning radiator fan. You can steer the truck into position, lower the landing legs, extend and secure the outriggers and operate the synchronised crane arms to lift the container onto the detachable trailer. And when you feel like another building challenge, you can rebuild it to create the iconic Mack LR refuse truck featuring an array of authentic details.
Experience the Mack Anthem truck and trailer first hand with this LEGO® Technic replica, featuring an array of authentic details and functions. Rebuilds into a replica the iconic Mack LR refuse truck.
Features & Benefits
- Discover innovative design with the Mack Anthem truck and trailer!
- Age Range: 11 to 16
- Piece Count: 2595
For the people complaining about the garbage truck instructions, you have to download them from online. Get over it.
Comparing it against the Acros, there are two main differences, one is the control of the vehicle. The Mack control system is more stable than the Acros, where the Acros system gives you the feel it was going to break based on the tension being applied.
the accessibility to the engine is relativity the same as the Acros.
I was initially disappointed with the engine in the Mack, using standard pieces to build the cylinders rather than the engine mimics as in other products. But after building it I was quite happy with the turnout, gives you a nice clicking sound and is the right size.
I find the hitch to be strong in the Mack, the Acros kept falling off during the drive. What I do not understand is the insertion of the bed in the cab with no easy access to use it.
The mechanisms for the cargo hold is nice, I think it was best not to include the motors, the movement is overall very strong and stable through the whole process.
While I like the pumps and motors, the can complicate the design
For playing, I find the engine hood to be sensitive with part easily falling off.
As with Acros, I have some parts missing.
now on to the garbage truck... :-)
The hardest part of the build is the fourth set of bags, I spent about four and a half hours on it.
My favorite part of this is thae way the steering wheel tilts and turns as the steering on the rear of the truck is turned.
The hood tilts up showing the engine which is not the usual V engine, it is a nice look.
My only real complaints are that the antennae on the doors come off easily as does the front of the truck. I can't let most people play with it as they are not going to be careful with it. Also the cranes have a problem lifting the cargo container, maybe I am not doing it right, but the cargo box with the chains almost tips the truck over when taking the container off of the truck.
As stated before it looks amazing, the features are cool. The steering and the engine are a welcome change. Whoever designed this it looks great and the steering is cool to play with. The engine is nice to look at. The outriggers and winches are not ideal for me.
All in all, I love this for display.
I will dismantle and build the alternative truck, so all is not yet lost. The 2 days spent on the kit represents about 40+ hours over several days.
Word of advice to other future garbage truck builders: Do not bother trying to open the pieces in the order the bags are numbered. The numbers apply to the Anthem model only. Parts you need early on will be spread among all the bags. Save yourself time and headache and open all the bags from the get-go.
I was impressed with how sturdy the truck is, even just the chassis. Other large Technic vehicles, like the Mercedes Arocs, seem to have a bit more flex to them. I was also impressed on how smooth the compactor/ejector operates, as well as the fact that it slides the whole length of the hopper. It would be nice if controls for the compactor/ejector would have been provided on both sides of the truck, as are provided for the lifting arms. I also would have liked different gearing for the lifting arms, as the linear actuators are quite slow to operate. I think pneumatics would have been better, but would have been much messier in design, with all the necessary hoses. The locking control for the lifting forks is nice, but unfortunately prevents the forks from being able to fold up all the way, like they would on a real truck. I did make a design that would allow the forks to fold more, but unfortunately, does not lock the forks into place (the locking is needed to keep the dumpster from flopping-over when the arms are emptying the dumpster into the truck).
While I prefer the traditional Lego Technic piston engine, the 6-cylinder design for this set is an ingenious compromise, given the limited amount of space. An interesting piece was used for the engine fan. It feels kinda flimsy and looks a little odd, but is nearly completely hidden once the cab is fully-assembled. It would have been nice if the cab would have had operable doors, but thereâs already a lot of moving functions, in addition to limited space.
I was pleasantly surprised at the smaller details included on the truck:
- Dual [non-functioning] steering wheels in the cab (not sure why they have two different logos in the center of the wheel)
- Realistic bulldog "brick"
- Spot lights on the sides of the truck
- Lots of warning/taillights on the rear tailgate.
- Highly detailed exhaust system
I do wish the garbage truck would have had a few more model-specific stickers, like some of the standard warning placards found on the rear of most real garbage trucks.
The dumpster is a little disappointing, as itâs a miss-match of extra pieces. IMO, it looks better if you leave the stickers off.
I did make one small improvement. For the hatch door on the roof, I used a few of the extra pieces to help close some of the gaps in the original design. I did also have to swap out a couple of the pieces from the dumpster (the guides that the lifting arm forks slide into) in order to make the colors match on the roof of the truck (see photos).
Criticisms aside, itâs a great value for the money, and a great addition to any Technic truck collection.
I first saw the Mack and was instantly disappointed. The tractor unit is stylish but clumsy - it doesn't seem to fit scale-wise. The trailer is an after thought and the mechanism is ugly and unrealistic.
I cannot help but think that a lot of the recent sets have been rushed out in an attempt to sell and the result is not great looking sets. The recent addition of the red city crane is a relief but there isn't a lot else in the last 2 years I think does justice to the Lego brand (Bugatti excluded).
Apologies for the negativity - I am a HUGE fan but just want perfection that I know Lego is capable of.
I am not a marathon LEGO builder...maybe taking one package of parts at a time or working on it in spurts. My brother-in-law doesn't understand this. I did take my time and did make mistakes when I rushed things a bit. And compared to the Saturn V, the build was more challenging for me. In the end, it is a beautiful piece of work and really impressive.
I have only one negative comment about the truck. With chrome and shades of gray available, I don't understand why the iconic Mack bulldog hood ornament comes in gold/baby poop yellow. Given the crispness of the lines and decals and the overall color scheme of the Mack, I find the yellow bulldog standing out like a sore thumb. Therefore, while visiting my brother-in-law (my PLP or Primary LEGO Physician, aka LEGO Doctor), he was kind enough to paint it silver. Now it looks like it belongs! Even if the bulldog couldn't be provided in chrome, it, at least, should have been in a shade of gray.
Back to my LEGO doctor. One of the rear wheel assemblies fell off and for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to re-attach it. So, knowing I was heading to Raleigh to visit my brother-in-law, I took the truck with me to obtain his guidance. The doctor not only repaired it, but also showed me where I had gone wrong in building the assembly initially. Good, understanding LEGO doctors are hard to find!
During the "appointment," I also expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that the truck tended to tip when the container was fully extended towards the ground. I groused that LEGO had really messed up by not making the stabilizers actually functional. This is a comment other Mack truck builders have made. But, again, the good doctor came through, by showing me that, indeed, the legs (or arms) quietly click into place, thereby ensuring that the truck does not tip and the rear wheel assembly does not fall off. My "co-pay," it turns out, was the just released James Bond Aston Martin DB5. Worth every penny! Thanks, Doc.