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2015 LEGO Ultra Agents summer sets review

by admin on May 29, 2015

in Other LEGO Themes

The third wave of LEGO Ultra Agents sets was released just a few days ago, and they are just as fantastic as the sets in the previous two waves. In fact, LEGO Ultra Agents has become the favorite of many LEGO fans – and not just kids, but adults too. So let’s take a closer look! 🙂

LEGO Ultra Agents Review

Before we begin I would like to point out that in general, non-licensed LEGO sets allow LEGO designers to incorporate a lot more clever play-features and functionality, because they don’t have to match the model to someone else’s design or intellectual property. Thus a 500-piece non-licensed LEGO set almost always has more fun features than a comparable licensed set would. Also, non-licensed sets are generally cheaper, so you get better value for your money as well.

Two excellent examples of LEGO themes that were recently developed by LEGO – including the stories themselves – are LEGO Ninjago and LEGO Legends of Chima. Both themes are extremely popular with kids and shows that LEGO is just fine standing on its own without having to depend on licensed properties. Ninjago and Chima may be a bit too fantasy-based and child-oriented for adult LEGO fans, but LEGO Ultra Agents is definitely something even adults can relate to as really cool. Agents equipped with the latest and greatest high-tech gear, villainous hackers disrupting city infrastructures, and vehicles that are both realistic and futuristic at the same time are popular topics of adult oriented movies, books and games. So yeah, LEGO Ultra Agents is awesome! 😀

#70173 LEGO ULTRA AGENTS OCEAN HQ: Fend off air attacks from Electrolyzer’s Electro Flyer! Red alert, Ultra Agents! Electrolyzer is launching an aerial attack using his EMP bomb on the awesome Ultra Agents Ocean HQ to free Terabyte. Watch out for his approach on the Electro Flyer from the rotating command deck with Ultra Agent Trey Swift. Fold out the cannons and open fire with the dual rapid shooter and grappling hook shooter. Open up the sides of the boat to unleash the motorboat and send an Ultra Agent soaring into aerial combat with the jetpack. You must fend off this villain and keep his evil friend Terabyte safely under guard in the prison cell. Then use the huge computer screen as an AppBrick Gadget to play out other thrilling missions on your tablet! Includes 6 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Ultra Agent Jack Fury, Ultra Agent Trey Swift, Ultra Agent Steve Zeal, Ultra Agent Caila Phoenix, Electrolyzer and Terabyte. 1204 pieces. Price: $99.99 – BUY HERE

#70173 LEGO Ultra Agents

This is the largest of the current wave of LEGO Ultra Agents sets with a sleek looking black ship and translucent-blue highlights. This set is an excellent example of packing tremendous amount of play-features into one vehicle. There are so many hatch-doors, hidden compartments and guns everywhere. I particularly like the sliding door on top. And like in all LEGO Ultra Agents sets, the minifigs are excellent!

#70172 LEGO ULTRA AGENTS ANTIMATTER’S PORTAL HIDEOUT: Attack AntiMatter’s Portal Hideout to save Solomon Blaze! Emergency call for Ultra Agent Max Burns! Evil AntiMatter is holding your agent leader Solomon Blaze captive in the prison pod at his huge Portal Hideout, and is threatening to send him through the portal. Launch a rescue mission in the Agents’ speedboat, steering clear of the robot shark Sharkanator’s snapping jaws. Swerve away from the sea base’s claw arm and portal mine launcher, and retaliate by firing the speedboat stud shooters. Climb the base using the zipline and grappling hook, but beware of the trapdoor as you seek out the prison pod. Release Solomon and then join forces to defeat AntiMatter and shut down that portal once and for all! Then remove the integrated AppBrick Gadget from the Sea Base to play out other thrilling missions on your tablet! Includes 4 minifigures with assorted weapons and accessories: Ultra Agent Solomon Blaze, Ultra Agent Max Burns, AntiMatter and Sharx. 475 pieces. Price: $69.99 – BUY HERE

#70172 LEGO Ultra Agents

This is another large set in the LEGO Ultra Agents line, but not so much because of the part count, but because of the larger elements. This is also the first building in the theme – well, as much as you can call it a building. It is basically a floating offshore platform for the badguys to hide out. And just look at all of those beautiful translucent-purple elements! And that shark! It is the largest LEGO shark to date, and can swallow a minifigure in whole!

LEGO ULTRA AGENTS ULTRASONIC SHOWDOWN: Intercept Professor Brainstein with the ultrasonic jet! Attention Ultra Agent Curtis Bolt! Professor Brainstein is on the rampage in a 4-legged mech suit, carrying out AntiMatter’s diabolical plans. Jump into the cockpit of the awesome ultrasonic jet and soar into the sky to track him down. Target the evil scientist with the 6-shot rapid shooters. Double the attack by launching the detachable mini drone. You must take Brainstein down and grab that tracking device before he can warn his evil master! Then use the mini drone as your AppBrick Gadget to play out other thrilling missions on your tablet! Includes 2 minifigures with a weapon and an accessory: Ultra Agent Curtis Bolt and Professor Brainstein. 187 pieces. Price: $19.99 – BUY HERE

#70171 LEGO Ultra Agents

The smallest of the LEGO Ultra Agents sets in this wave, and the only jet in the line, with a pleasingly streamlined shape and big Gatling guns. The Gatling gun is a new type of shooter LEGO introduced recently and have been putting in as many sets as possible, because they are so much fun. Expect 1×1 round studs to be flying everywhere. Professor Brainstein is a particularly interesting character, reminiscent of Spy Clobs from the 2008 LEGO Agents sets or Cyrus Borg from LEGO Ninjago.

As you can see, all three new LEGO Ultra Agents sets are very solid, and very fun. I would recommend any of them. Also, if you are interested in this theme, all of the previously released sets are still available, so you can pick and choose the ones you like the most. They are all available under the LEGO Ultra Agents section of the Online LEGO Shop.

Shop LEGO Ultra Agents

So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Ultra Agents sets? Do you have any of them already? Which one is your favorite? And which of the new sets do you like best? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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Minifigology May 29, 2015 at 11:21 AM

These are some awesome sets indeed. I’m not exactly sure they have more play-ability than other sets, or is that just a function of the nature of the series?
I have a feeling that these sets will become quite collectible, in part because of the series themselves, but also because we get a lot of great (and frequently rare) bricks.

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admin May 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

I agree. This is a very solid theme with a lot of unique parts and minifigs, fun features, and cool looks. As far as play features, I just built the #6212 LEGO Star Wars X-wing and it has exactly one play feature; the wings open and close. That’s it. Compare this to a similarly priced ($50) non-licensed LEGO set (Ultra Agents, Chima, Ninjago, etc.), and you will see the stark difference. The thing is that in the SW films basically all the X-wing did was fly around and open and close the wings. So LEGO can’t put extra features in there, even though it is a fairly large, mid-range priced set. However with non-licensed sets LEGO designers have free range to add as many fun features as they want – and they always do, because they know kids love that. 😀

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BlueBen1111 May 29, 2015 at 12:35 PM

I think but hope I am wrong that Ultra Agents is ending this year. Most products get a two year period before they are retired. Ninjago though did so well that it is officially not retiring until 2019! LoC on the other hand is retiring this year with the usual two year period. It is sad to see it (LoC) go but I think they over did it a little with the whole fire and ice thing. I did like the ending however. I missed normal Chima! Ninjago though is still my favorite currently running product though. My overall favorite product is probably Aqua Raiders or Power Miners!

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admin May 29, 2015 at 1:05 PM

I also believe Ultra Agents will be done this year, but it had a very good run, and I’ sure LEGO will continue with similar in-house themes. I’m pretty sure Ninjago will continue at least until the movie comes out in 2017. It has a very strong fan-base and it seems like LEGO is able to keep them engaged with very interesting sub-plots and even more interesting sets. I also really liked Power Miners. It has such good sets! 😀

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Legostuff71 May 29, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Which of the ULTra AGENTS. HQ are better the truck or the ship?

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admin May 29, 2015 at 1:33 PM

That’s a good question as they are very similar in size and style. So I think it really depends on your personal preferences. I would choose the HQ set because I prefer land vehicles. It also has more extras and Terabite’s mech is really cool. But again, it just depends on which one you like better. I suggest that you watch the review videos on both of them to help you make a decision.

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legostuff71 May 29, 2015 at 1:42 PM

Would it be crazy of me to get both?(I may have repeated the same question twice OOPS.) It would mean I would get the best in both worlds ( land and sea)

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admin May 29, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Oh, yeah, absolutely! If you can get both, get them! You will not be disappointed. 😀

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BLProductions May 29, 2015 at 2:53 PM

I really like the Ocean HQ (I’m sure I’ve said that before), but I doubt I will ever get it. Ultrasonic Showdown I like too, particularly the twin Rapid Shooters, so I may get that. It’s interesting that Brainstein turned evil, given that he was “good” in #70169 Agent Stealth Patrol. I guess that means the Agents lost that fight, and AntiMatter turned him evil? 😕
Is the shark in AntiMatter’s Hideout really bigger? I thought it was the same size as the old version (this: http://brickset.com/parts/4530672 ). 😐
Now my biggest problem is that between UA and Ninjago, there are so many sets I want that I don’t know which ones to get! 😕 🙁

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admin May 29, 2015 at 4:54 PM

Yes, the shark is the bigger one. I believe it is the same as in the new Pirate set, but it is definitely bigger than the regular shark. If you watch the review video, JANG shows a comparison. 😉

As far as Ultra Agents vs. Ninjago, I have been thinking about this dilemma myself in the past couple of days, and have been going back and forth. I really-really like Ultra Agent, but the new Ninjago sets are also super awesome. Yeah, I’m so mental about this too… 😕

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BLProductions May 29, 2015 at 7:59 PM

What new Pirate set? None of the 2015 sets come with a big shark. The latest set (before 70172) to come with a big shark is Brickbeard’s Bounty from 2009. I’ve seen Jang’s comparison of the new shark with the normal one, but I didn’t know the big one could eat a minifig… now put one of those in a City Deep Sea set…. 😉
My main problem between the sets of Ninjago and UA is the minifigs, which a new problem for me as I haven’t bothered before. I don’t want multiples of anyone, but the sets I want come with some. That’s especially true for Ninjago, but I think I’m only going to get the Morro Dragon from this summer wave. 🙂

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admin May 29, 2015 at 9:10 PM

Hm… I may have been thinking of the Brickbead’s Bounty. I’m not at my main computer so can’t check. But yeah, either way, it a big shark! You could consider selling or trading minifigs that are doubled. It’s an option.

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BLProductions May 30, 2015 at 8:49 AM

It is an option, but not one I like too much. Plus, I technically can’t sell online, so that’s out, and there aren’t many people in my neighborhood who like LEGO besides my family. There must be some, though, as my library has a LEGO club. So I doubt I’d be able to sell or trade around here. 😕 But I suppose I can live with some doubles, as long as they’re not Steve Zeal. There’s only one of him. 😉

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admin May 30, 2015 at 9:22 AM

If you don’t want to use them, you could keep the doubles for later when you are old enough so sell them yourself online. They should appreciate by then anyway. 😉

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