This is the Lego Ultra Agents Mission HQ set. That's a lotta Lego with your Lego lorry.
It costs £80, $100 or AU$140 and comes with its own comic-book-like adventure app.
August 15, 2014 8:51 AM PDT
Photo by: Rich Trenholm/CNET
/ Caption by: Rich Trenholm
To get you going, most Lego sets start you off with a minifig or two right at the outset.
Minifigs come with two faces these days. Like this angry action face...
...and, er, this slightly more angry action face on the other side.
Meet Terabyte, the villain of the pieces.
Terabyte's cool evil terrifying mecha-robot-walker-thing. The left arm spins round. It's truly frightening.
A crack team of technology experts get stuck in.
Lego is the largest tyre manufacturer in the world*. Fact!
*Because of the sheer number of teeny-weeny tyres it makes.
Lego produces 318 million tyres each year. Fact!
This set is a little more advanced, with moving parts like this slidey bit.
You have to pay attention with some parts, which look very similar.
The steering wheel is one of my favourite pieces. I don't know why.
Here's a piece you may not have seen before.
The trailer comes together.
Details include this cool robot arm, and what every secret base needs -- a spinny chair.
How do they drive? He can't even hold the steering wheel!
The truck fires rockets. Pew pew!
Rockets are fired by pressing cunningly hidden buttons.
The finished big rig. Pretty cool, right?
Look at that. Gaze upon its magnificence. We've seen some things in our time, but even the most jaded hack in the CNET office is reduced to a giddy child in its presence. And it looks a bit like Optimus Prime -- the proper one, from the 1980s.
More wheels, this time on a fun little jeep-y vehicle.
The jeep-y vehicle lives in the trailer and launches with a flick of the finger thanks to a clever poke-y mechanism, which may bring back memories for Transformers fans.
The set has a few spares, including a couple of extra rocket-y things for when the originals inevitably disappear down the back of the couch.
Details in the Mission HQ include this cool situation board.
Meet Professor Christina Hydron, scientist.
I don't know how Prof. Hydron is going to type on that computer, but it's a nice detail.
I love this microscope, ready for Prof. Hydron to save the day with some hardcore science-ing.
The set comes with two female minifgs, one who does science and one who does flying around in a jetpack and zapping things. Empowerment!
The Utra Agents prepare to leap into action.
Meet Agent Caila Phoenix.
The full line-up: truck and trailer, reconnaissance drone, jeep-y vehicle, jetpack, and terrifying mecha robot walker thing.
Jetpack, drone and jeep ready to speed into action. Agent Phoenix's guns actually fire.
Look at those badass air intakes!
The cockpit opens. Not sure how the driver gets in though.
Squeeze the arm of Terabyte's mecha walker and he fires the green ball at a considerable velocity.
Agent Solomon Blaze and his fellow Ultra Agents speed into action against the villainous Terabyte.
The Mission HQ big rig ready to roll out.
These are all the pieces in the set.
Modern Lego sets come with this handy doohickey, a tool for prising apart stubborn pieces.
If the Mission HQ set is a bit much, the Riverside Raid set is much more manageable, as Ultra Agent Max Burns takes on Adam Acid. It's a more modest £10, $12 or AU$16.
These are the various projectiles that can be fired by different parts of the set, giving kids ample weapons to scare the cat.
The Ultra Agents speed into action in the motion comic.
August 15, 2014 8:51 AM PDT
Caption by: Rich Trenholm
The comic features interactive elements, allowing you to hunt for clues that advance the story.
Each comic also includes a game, like this one where you shoot at the bad guy.
Each of the Ultra Agents sets has its own comic, so your child can dive into the action with the toy they own.
The story involves the Mission HQ rig included in the set, as the Ultra Agents take on the evil Terabyte.
Tap or swipe on the screen...
...to uncover the next element of the story...
...and see it unfold.
The Ultra Agents in action.
Prof. Hydron deploys her science skills to foil the villainous plot.
By hunting for clues and beating the mini-games you do your bit to help the Lego Ultra Agents defeat evil.
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