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Christmas Gift Guide

Lego Ultra Agents

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.

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To get you going, most Lego sets start you off with a minifig or two right at the outset.

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Minifigs come with two faces these days. Like this angry action face...

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...and, er, this slightly more angry action face on the other side.

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Meet Terabyte, the villain of the pieces.

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Terabyte's cool evil terrifying mecha-robot-walker-thing. The left arm spins round. It's truly frightening.

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A crack team of technology experts get stuck in.

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Lego is the largest tyre manufacturer in the world*. Fact!

*Because of the sheer number of teeny-weeny tyres it makes.

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Lego produces 318 million tyres each year. Fact!

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This set is a little more advanced, with moving parts like this slidey bit.

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You have to pay attention with some parts, which look very similar.

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The steering wheel is one of my favourite pieces. I don't know why.

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Here's a piece you may not have seen before.

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The trailer comes together.

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Details include this cool robot arm, and what every secret base needs -- a spinny chair.

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How do they drive? He can't even hold the steering wheel!

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The truck fires rockets. Pew pew!

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Rockets are fired by pressing cunningly hidden buttons.

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The finished big rig. Pretty cool, right?

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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.

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More wheels, this time on a fun little jeep-y vehicle.

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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.

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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.

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Details in the Mission HQ include this cool situation board.

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Meet Professor Christina Hydron, scientist.

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I don't know how Prof. Hydron is going to type on that computer, but it's a nice detail.

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I love this microscope, ready for Prof. Hydron to save the day with some hardcore science-ing.

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The set comes with two female minifgs, one who does science and one who does flying around in a jetpack and zapping things. Empowerment!

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The Utra Agents prepare to leap into action.

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Meet Agent Caila Phoenix.

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The full line-up: truck and trailer, reconnaissance drone, jeep-y vehicle, jetpack, and terrifying mecha robot walker thing.

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Jetpack, drone and jeep ready to speed into action. Agent Phoenix's guns actually fire.

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Look at those badass air intakes!

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The cockpit opens. Not sure how the driver gets in though.

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Squeeze the arm of Terabyte's mecha walker and he fires the green ball at a considerable velocity.

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Agent Solomon Blaze and his fellow Ultra Agents speed into action against the villainous Terabyte.

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The Mission HQ big rig ready to roll out.

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These are all the pieces in the set.

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Modern Lego sets come with this handy doohickey, a tool for prising apart stubborn pieces.

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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.

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These are the various projectiles that can be fired by different parts of the set, giving kids ample weapons to scare the cat.

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The Ultra Agents speed into action in the motion comic.

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The comic features interactive elements, allowing you to hunt for clues that advance the story.

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Each comic also includes a game, like this one where you shoot at the bad guy.

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Victory!

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Each of the Ultra Agents sets has its own comic, so your child can dive into the action with the toy they own.

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The story involves the Mission HQ rig included in the set, as the Ultra Agents take on the evil Terabyte.

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Tap or swipe on the screen...

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...to uncover the next element of the story...

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...and see it unfold.

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The Ultra Agents in action.

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Lego!

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Prof. Hydron deploys her science skills to foil the villainous plot.

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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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