Vestas Wind Turbine is LEGO set 10268-1. It has a score of 90. This is average compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 1 reviews, based on 4 scored reviews and 9 reviews total. It is ranked in the top 15.69% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2018, and it is categorised in Creator Expert.
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I was very happy to see this set released to the general public, especially when seeing how much the original employee model was fetching on action sites. Buyers: Take Lego's dimensions seriously; this set will need a bit of space, especially if you want to spin the blades. The additional bits of information in the instruction manual were a nice touch - especially the comparison to the Elizabeth Tower ("Big Ben"), which this model does closely match, at least height-wise, with the Lego model. Good thinking including the clutch gear in the driveline to protect the motor. The wires between the house and the tower are nicely hidden in Lego "conduit" and under the furniture in the house. The hill hides the battery pack nicely, while providing fairly easy access when the batteries need to be replaced and a little surplus hidden storage. The switch design does somewhat limit where the model can be displayed. The working porch lights are a nice touch; I do wish the aircraft lights would light up as well. I was very happy to see all bricks were printed; no stickers to apply/have curl-off later! As others have eluded to, yes, bag numbers would have been nice, but I remember many of the early days when none of the bags were numbered. Yes, it'll take up a bit more space when assembling, but not a big deal. Not much different than dumping out your collection of bricks on the bedroom floor as a kid to begin your build. My only complaint is I wish the instruction manual was a little clearer when it comes to what end of the wires go where (inside the tower). In printed form, the black and gray colors look fairly similar in the right light. Also, it would have been nice to have a note as to how to tuck the wires inside the nacelle unit. Step 104 shows the wire hanging out; 105-110 you build one of the sides of the nacelle; then step 111 shows said side attached and the wires are no longer visible. Suggestions to Lego: Please find some way to make your motors a bit quieter. I get these are meant to be toys, but then again, I've heard many other toys with quieter motors. Six AA batteries for something you're trying to show your environmental consciousness effort? Please consider developing a solar panel that you can plug in for power. Also, the text in your product description is a little misleading. Some will interpret the statement "the adjustable wind turbine blades" to mean that the blade angle can be adjusted (which real wind turbine blades do to increase or decrease their rotating speed). This is not the case with this model. The blades are at a fixed angle but are free to spin. All-in-all, a nice addition to the Creator series!
It is a marvellous set. It is big and tall. It's even taller than my desk fan and dinning table. Besides, who doesn't like green energy inspired building set? I also think it is a very educational set and could inspire young builders about sustainability and renewable energy. This set, along with the campaign of using sugarcane based plastic that is sourced sustainably, gives TLG a very strong statement about their support for sustainability and renewable energy.
I think the Vestas Wind Turbine is a great set to display because of its size and presence—particularly when the blades are operating. The little house is a waste of time, but that's just my humble opinion.
Having not built the original set, it's tricky to compare beyond its visual appearance. The set looks almost identical, albeit a few visual tweaks here and there. But you can definitely tell it's an 10 year old set. Much of the building around the base of the turbine feels ‘old school' especially the questionably placed cottage. As It built it up, I was instantly transported back to building the LEGOLAND sets, like the Police Station or Airport. Plus the hill section invokes that feeling as well, with its heavy use of BURP pieces. Which is why I surprisingly enjoyed building the set.
The wind turbine looks great, and there's no denying it. It's a solid bit of construction and it towers over anything you put it near, just as it should. The lackluster design of the home that accompanies it, however, brings the whole model down a notch. Generally, when fans call for a set's re-release, we want the exact same kit as the original, down to the smallest details–perhaps a packaging update to satisfy collectors who revel in their sealed box versions of the original, but certainly not a design change to the model itself. However, this is a case where a redesign was sorely needed. And the new model has already been redesigned in a half-dozen small ways; why not take an extra step and properly fix it?
One thing I do like about the set is that it does include a number of Power Functions parts and is easily worth about $25 if purchased separately so it's nice that LEGO added them in to the set. As a result, it probably also pushed the price point a little higher than what people wanted since it only has a bit over 800 pieces. One thing I didn't like about it is that it feels unstable. Even though the tower is connected pretty securely using Technic pins, it just feels wobbly to me, especially when I had to move it to take pictures.
So, on balance, then, £160 / $200 is a lot of money to spend on this set but when you delve deeper perhaps it's not so bad after all. Having said that, if I only had that amount and had to choose which set(s) to buy it probably wouldn't be this one. It's definitely one for the connoisseur, the collector who has everything else already.