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[REVIEW] 42078: Mack Anthem

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SET INFORMATION
Number: 42078
Title: Mack Anthem
Theme: Technic
Released: 2018
Part Count: 2595
Box Weight: 3805 gr
Box Dimensions: 58 cm x 47 cm x 12 cm
Set Price (MSRP): € 149,99
Price per Part: € 0,057
Links: Brickset, Bricklink

THE BOX
The box measures 58 cm x 47 cm x 12 cm and weighs around 3800 grams.

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THE FRONT
The front of the box shows the Mack Anthem unloading its container. We can also see it is on a container terminal,
The box states that this model is for the age of 11 till 16. More importantly, the 2-models in-1 logo is clearly visible, which means this set can be used to build two different models.
In the lower right corner there's the logo of the Mack company.
In the upper right corner there's the image with the length of the model. It's 83cm long.

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THE BACK
The back side of the box shows the functions of the main model on the upper half, and also the B model, on the lower half, and their functions.
B model is a garbage truck, which actually looks really good, some people even prefer the B model over the A model.

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CONTENT OF THE BOX

The box contains:

  • 1 Instruction Booklet
  • 1 Sticker Sheet
  • 21 Bags
     

INSTRUCTION BOOKLET
The instruction booklet for the main model together with the sticker sheet.

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Unpacked instruction booklet.

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Random page of the instruction booklet.

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STICKER SHEET
The sticker sheet is neatly packed into the instruction booklet. No damage to them.

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TIRES
Ten tires are provided. Tire 49.5 x 20. Released in 14 sets so far.

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BAGS
A total of 21 numbered bags containing the rest of the parts.

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HIGHLIGHTED PARTS
This section describes the new and/or interesting parts.

Dark Bluish Gray Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Angled #5 - 112.5 degrees
Connector Angled #5, has never been released in Dark Bluish Gray before. This is the only set containing this part in DBG color. We got 2 pieces in this set.

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Dark Bluish Gray Technic, Panel Curved 11 x 3 with 2 Pin Holes through Panel Surface
Technic Panel 3x11. This piece has been released in two more sets in this color this year, the 42084 Hook Loader and the 42077 Rally Car. We got 2 pieces in this set.

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Dark Bluish Gray Technic, Panel Plate 5 x 11 x 1
Technic Panel 5x11x1, This piece has been released in two sets in this color this year, one in the 42071 Compactor, and in this set. We got 11 pieces in this set

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Dark Bluish Gray Technic, Panel Fairing #17 Large Smooth, Side A and B
Panel Fairing #17, side A, and side B, have never been released in Dark Bluish Gray before. This is the only set containing this part in DBG color. We got one pieces of each side in this set.

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Dark Bluish Gray Slope, Curved 2 x 1 Inverted
Curved Slope 2x1, has never been released in Dark Bluish Gray before. This is the only set containing this part in DBG color. We got 10 pieces in this set.

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Dark Bluish Gray Slope, Curved 2 x 1 No Studs with Stud Notch Left and Right
Curved Slope 2x1, Left side and Right side, have never been released in Dark Bluish Gray before. This is the only set containing this part in DBG color. We got one piece of each side in this set.

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Metallic Silver Tile 1 x 2 with Groove
Tile 1x2, has never been released in Metallic Silver before. This is the only set containing this part in Metallic Silver color. We got 2 pieces in this set.

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Green Technic, Liftarm 1 x 5 Thick
Liftarm 1x5, has never been released in Green before. This is the only set containing this part in Green color. We got 4 pieces in this set.

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Axle Pin 3L with Friction Ridges Lengthwise and 1L Axle in RED
3L Axle Pin has never been released in red before for general public This year, it was released in 8 sets in this color, and it was also released in one set in 2017, The Nutcracker (Lego 2017 Employee Exclusive).

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Pearl Gold Dog, Bulldog (Mack Truck Hood Ornament)
Dog Ornament, is a unique part, made exclusively for this set. We got one piece in this set.

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Metallic Silver Tile 1 x 3 with Black Truck Grille Frame Pattern
Tile 1x3, is a unique part, made exclusively for this set. We got two pieces in this set.

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Dark Bluish Gray Tile 1 x 4 with Silver 'MACK' on Black Background Pattern
Tile 1x4, is a unique part, made exclusively for this set. We got one piece in this set.

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PART LIST
This set contains 2595 parts, which are shown below.

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THE TRUCK - BUILD
Building the Mack was enjoyable and interesting. 
As usual, we start with the chassis and two rear differentials/axles and driveshaft. Nice and clean. No suspension.

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Next, we have the fifth wheel mechanism. Pushing and pulling the gray axle will lock and unlock the trailer.

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Here, we have already completed front section with the chassis, engine, front axle and part of the steering system.

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Moving on and we are at the most satisfying part so far - joining the front and back sections together. Driveshaft is connected to the engine. The truck has nice length.

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Adding interior details in the cab and in the sleeper section.

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By attaching side panels to the cab frame, and installing the doors, the truck is getting its shape.

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Amazing what few panels and some liftarms can do!

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Now, I am going to ask you to remember this photo, for later use. Please note the front section of it, where the engine is.

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THE TRUCK - FINISHED MODEL
I hereby present to you, the finished Mack Anthem truck! Good looking?
Yes, it is!
Does it look more like a Creator than a Technic set?
Probably.

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Finished model does look smooth from the headlights to the rear license plate! Everything flows nicely!
The designers really did try to capture the lines of the real truck.

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Dark bluish gray is dominating color, and together with black and light bluish gray, it looks appealing. Clever use of the stickers make the model even better. I don't like the very big stickers used to represent windows on the sleeper.

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Side view.
Here, we can note the main flaw: truck's nose section.
Remember the photo I asked you to memorize? Ok, I think the truck would look much better, if the bonnet was made two or even three studs shorter, approximately to the point where the first blue pin is, based on the picture of the truck without the bonnet mounted on. It would definitely look closer to the real truck.
Here is the comparison shot I have made, based on its tire size:
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Other thing which may be off: the wheel arch. It is too sharp and blocky.

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From this angle, it looks much better, but still, the nose is too long.

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Back section.
Excellent work on the details. Rails and exhausting pipes are very well done. 
Note the cool license plate and tiles. Also note how fragile rear mudguards are.

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Overall, this truck is one of the nicest official Technic trucks ever made, if not the nicest one.
It has tons of details, nice shape, and is mostly firmly built.

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Underside shot. Nice. Tidy, clean and functional. Familiar Creator techniques used at the very front.

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THE TRUCK - FUNCTIONS

This model has the following functions:

  • Steering via Hand of God.
  • By pushing the model, we put the inline-six engine in motion.
  • Working fifth wheel
  • Openable doors and the hood.

Now, lets see the functions as shown in the instructions booklet.

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STEERING
Works smooth, with excellent range of motion. Steering knob on the back side of the cabine steers the front wheels.

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OPENABLES
Doors with side mirrors and antennas are openable.

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UNDER THE HOOD
Opening the bonnet, which is very well executed, we can reveal the detailed engine.

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FIFTH WHEEL
Beside lock, it can also pivot up and down.

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THE CARGO BOX/CONTAINER - FINISHED MODEL

Cargo box is obviously, very strong, and very simple.

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It has the perfect width, length and height to match the trailer.
It has nice details and few stickers on it.

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It has two winged doors on one side.

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THE CARGO BOX/CONTAINER - FUNCTION

One function of the cargo box is an aforementioned double door. It is operated by two levers. Doors can be locked.

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THE TRAILER - BUILD
We start with 11 x 3 panels, and right from the start, we installed first part of the unloading mechanism's drive axles.

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We quickly get to the full length of the trailer.

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THE TRAILER - FINISHED MODEL
Compared to the truck's chassis, the trailer's chassis is much more simple, and therefore, unfortunately, much weaker. This can lead to bending of the neck of the trailer, when attached to the truck.
The trailer has few notable sections:
1. two lifts for lifting the container.
2. two outriggers which provide stability.
3. retractable support wheels at the front.

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Outrigger and unloading mechanism designs are awesome!
Lifts are controlled from the back of the trailer, via two black double bevel gears. Each lift consists of two sections. Bottom section is powered by one big Linear Actuator, and top section by one small Linear Actuator.
Outriggers are controlled via their levers, attached on the outrigger itself.
Support wheels are controlled via the black double bevel gear on the side.

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Overall, the trailer works beautifully, and looks ok. It does look thin at the very front, but complexity of the lifts and outriggers make the trailer shine!

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Underside shot. Yes, it is hollow.

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THE TRAILER - FUNCTIONS

SUPPORT WHEELS:
Works smooth, and easily carry the whole weight of the loaded trailer.

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OUTRIGGERS SINGLE:
Very cleverly designed. They lock themselves at the end of the deploy movement, and therefore provide stable base.

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OUTRIGGERS BOTH:

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FULL UNLOADING/LOADING PROCEDURE:
Stars of the show - Lifts are doing their thing in smooth and precise way. Manual cranking of the gears is somewhat tiresome, but observing the lifts movement is well worth it.

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SUMMARY
As said before, one of the most beautiful Technic sets ever made. Very nice work on the outriggers and lifts.

Good: Excellent functions on the trailer. Great looking and big model, great details, smooth looks and notable effort to make this model as close as possible to the real truck. Lots of new parts in DBG. Nice B model. Good price.
Bad: Some parts of the truck and the trailer are weak or fragile. Mixing Technic with Creator might not be to everyone's taste. Truck's bonnet too long, wheel arches too blocky.

Definitely worth buying!

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SCORE
So how do I grade this set?

8 DESIGN
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Beautifully designed, some fragile and inaccurate sections.

8 BUILDING EXPERIENCE
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Very interesting.

9 FEATURES
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Lots of functions, and they work smooth.

9 PLAYABILITY
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Lots of things to do with the model. Also a modder''s dream. Take out the cargo box and lifts and build something new on the trailer.

8 PARTS
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Enough to keep things interesting.

8 VALUE FOR MONEY
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Good value for the package.

 

Final score - 8.3

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed it.

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Definitely a brilliant 1H flagship! The minor inaccuracies are totally forgivable and I love all of the details. If I was slightly more into trucks, this would be a must-have. No question. :thumbup:

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Great review, thank you 

Totally agreed with Maaboo, this set is a must have.

As soon as the price get under 100€ on any Amazon, i'll buy this set.

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Thanks for the excellent review! I like the animated gifs very much. My compliments!

I hesitated buying this set because I’m not an American truck fan and because of the small wheel size, but what convinced me was the interesting B-Model. In the end the A-Model turned out to be much larger than expected. It contained some new techniques I did not know such as the small scale pistons in the engine. My teenage daughters liked both the A and B model and tried out  the different functions repeatedly. Always a good sign! ;-)

 

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Thanks guys! And you are welcome!

14 hours ago, Maaboo35 said:

Definitely a brilliant 1H flagship! The minor inaccuracies are totally forgivable and I love all of the details.

Fully agreed!

2 hours ago, WvG_853 said:

I hesitated buying this set....because of the small wheel size,

Yeah, I can relate to this. I would also be interested to see how this set would look like if it would have 62.4 wheels, and scaled according to that. It would be 100+ cm long in that case.

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Thanks for an excellent review! I especially appreciate the images with animation :thumbup:

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I've always read and liked these reviews, now I can say thank you; thank you for the detailed summary:thumbup:
I already have this set for a couple of months, but I have not opened it so far, but I want to build it now:classic:

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On 5/25/2018 at 9:02 PM, Milan said:

THE TRUCK - FUNCTIONS

This model has the following functions:

  • Steering via Hand of God.
  • By pushing the model, we put the V6 engine in motion.
  • Working fifth wheel
  • Openable doors and the hood.

Milan, great review as always, and i really like your way of including animations in review.

When I read your review I'm thinking of buying this set :thumbup:

Just one suggestion, please change V6 to in-line 6 or straight 6 engine :wink:

On 5/26/2018 at 12:43 PM, Milan said:

Thanks guys! And you are welcome!

Fully agreed!

Yeah, I can relate to this. I would also be interested to see how this set would look like if it would have 62.4 wheels, and scaled according to that. It would be 100+ cm long in that case.

It would be really great to see Anthem build with 62.4 tires :thumbup:

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On 6/1/2018 at 2:03 PM, I_Igor said:

Just one suggestion, please change V6 to in-line 6 or straight 6 engine :wink:

Thanks, changed! :thumbup:

On 6/1/2018 at 2:03 PM, I_Igor said:

It would be really great to see Anthem build with 62.4 tires :thumbup:

Yeah, there are MOCs very similar to Anthem built with 62.4 tires, but I would be very much interested to see how TLG team would make it, in this style.

7 hours ago, abrahamandentity said:

I have a question.

Is the HoG steering accessable enough or is it hard to control?

As noted by Effe, yes, it is very accessible, and very easy to use.
I would prefer if they have built it in a way that it is on a roof, it would be more comfortable that way, but I guess, it would mess the clean lines of the truck/sleeper.

 

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Milan you're wellcome :classic:

When I calculate scale  for 62,4 tires it would be huge, so only something like hook loader truck will be manuverble and playable enough...

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7 hours ago, Milan said:

As noted by Effe, yes, it is very accessible, and very easy to use.
I would prefer if they have built it in a way that it is on a roof, it would be more comfortable that way, but I guess, it would mess the clean lines of the truck/sleeper.

 

 

12 hours ago, efferman said:

With the trailer in set it is easy to reach.

Ok, thanks guys!

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On 5/26/2018 at 12:43 PM, Milan said:

Yeah, I can relate to this. I would also be interested to see how this set would look like if it would have 62.4 wheels, and scaled according to that. It would be 100+ cm long in that case.

First of all sorry for late response, but I need some time for researching...

Looking on truck on sale I have noticed that two tires are dominiting on Anthems...

295/75 R22.5 for front and rear doubles

And

295/75 R22.5 on front and 445/50R22.5 on rear for super single tires...

Because both tires are some 1015mm in diameter, so my conclusion is that if anyone wants to make Anthem based on 62.4 tires it will be in 1:16 scale :wink:

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