Suggested Age: 6-12
Casual Build Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Dimensions: Halftrack Truck – over 3″ x 5″ x 2″ / ATV – over 1″ x 3″ x 1″ / Temple – over 3″ x 2″ x 2″ / Panther – over 3″
Brand: LEGO City
I hadn’t made a LEGO City set for a while so I thought I’d have a shot at one of the newer sets in this range. I must admit, I was attracted to this one by the panther as I am the owner of a very lovely black cat. However, this set has a lot more to offer than just one really cool pussy cat.
The set contains all of the pieces needed to make a halftrack truck, ATV and temple. On top of this, it comes with two minifigures, a panther and a spider. The accessories for the minifigures to play with include a ruby, a chicken drumstick, a pan, a walkie talkie and a machete.
Here are some more pictures of what came in the box:
As with many of the LEGO City set, the Halftrack Mission set comes with a lot of different parts and were easy enough to put together. Young master builders may have a little issue with the caterpillar tracks and stickers, as they can be very fiddly but on the whole I found the instructions to be clear and the set to be rather easy to put together.
The smaller parts of the set include a campfire and a chest in which to store the copious amounts of goodies. I always like getting a selection of accessories with my sets as it adds a lot of dimensions to the games that you can play with the figures. With the campfire, pan and drumstick, you’re all ready to camp out. The camera and metal detector are great for exploring the temple. I also love the animal pieces – the panther and spider are both great additions to this jungle adventure.
The ATV is of fairly standard design – I already have a couple of very similar models from building other LEGO City sets. It’s a sturdy little vehicle with enough space inside to sit one minifigure. However, I do like the way that you can mount the chest on the back of it. This is pretty efficient just for play, or keeping the accessories safe when you display this on a shelf.
The halftrack’s yellow colour scheme is a bit eye gouging, but it’s still a very cool looking vehicle. While I wish it could fit both minifigures inside the cabin, there is at least plenty of room for one to ride on the back. The chain is also an interesting addition, and comes in handy if you plan to have your minifigures raid the temple that’s also included in this set.
The temple is the most exciting piece by far. As you can see from my photos, the set actually contains a very nice booby trap. If you use the halftrack’s chain to try and steal the ruby, the roof of the temple collapses and sends the concealed spider dropping down onto the heads of the unsuspecting minifigures. This is a really cool addition to the set and there isn’t much I can fault about it, other than the fact that you have to be a bit gentle with it as it’s easy to pull the block off its runners (and a pain to fix again if you do).
Finally, there are the minifigures. These two are bit standard in design but I do like the level of detail that’s gone into their hoodies – they really do look like explorers. While the male figure has a bit more of an expressive look to his face, I do appreciate that the kit contains both a man and a woman. Yay for allowing girls to be explorers too!
Anyhow, on the whole this isn’t my favourite LEGO City set, but it does contain a lot of parts for imaginative play. The temple piece is probably my favourite part of the set as it’s rather cool to play around with. Perhaps I’ll take a look at one of the other Jungle sets some time in the future.