LEGO opens vault to re-release 10268 Vestas Wind Turbine on Black Friday [News]

LEGO has announced it is going green with the re-release of an old fan-favorite set currently owned by very few: the 10268 Vestas Wind Turbine. The original set (numbered 4999) was released a decade ago as a limited production run for Vestas, a sustainable energy company, and never saw wider availability. That changes on Black Friday.

Following in the path of the last year’s re-released 10256 Taj Mahal, LEGO is “opening the vault” once again with a slightly updated rendition of the Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine. The set comes with 826 pieces (11 more than the first version), three minifigures, a dog, and Power Functions motor and lights, as well as the first spruce tree element made from plants available in a retail set.

The set is slightly more than three feet tall (one meter) and will retail at $199.99 USD from LEGO (coming in at $249.99 CA and £159.99 UK respectively). It will be available for purchase by everyone starting Friday, November 23 (also known as Black Friday).

The set is a near-identical replica of its first rendition, including the rotating white wind turbine with aircraft warning lights, a red cottage with working porch light, green wooded hills in the back, and a Vestas service van.

Tim Brooks, Vice President of Environmental Responsibility for LEGO, told TBB that the company is “striving to make a positive impact on the environment and is committed to climate action and to use sustainable materials in products and packaging.”  The Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine is literally bringing that ambition to life by celebrating renewable energy and including plant-based elements.

The service van is a straightforward rendition, evoking nostalgia of simpler times with boxy vehicles. Most notably, all the Vestas logos in the entire set are printed this time around, rather than created with stickers like the first version.

The set comes with two Vestas servicemen (this time sporting blue safety helmets instead of red) with printed torsos (rather than stickers), and a smiling woman with even more plants printed on her torso. A dog is also included.

Like the first version, the wind turbine set comes with a Power Function medium motor, battery box, lights and two new extension cords. All the cables are expertly hidden in the final build.

Looking at elements of note, the set comes with a green “BURP” (Big Ugly Rock Piece), which many builders will be excited about since that piece has only ever been available in the previous version of the set and currently retails for around $10 each on the secondary market. The set also includes a 32×32 green baseplate, only recently available in 10255 Assembly Square.


In real life, Vestas has installed more than 65,000 wind turbines in around 80 countries, dwarfing the initial limited run of the LEGO version. Morten Dyrholm, Vestas Group Senior Vice President, told TBB that the original LEGO model “was specially created for Vestas to promote wind energy to a small audience” but that the company is excited for the broad re-launch of the set to “tell the story of how wind energy has gone from niche to mainstream.”

The Brothers Brick will have a full review of the Creator Expert 10268 Vestas Wind Turbine in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can read the full product press release and see the complete photo gallery below.


10268 Vestas® Wind Turbine
Ages 12+. 826 pieces
US $199.99 – CA $249.99 – DE 179.99€ – UK £159.99 – FR 179.99€ – DK 1499DKK

Build and discover the iconic Vestas® Wind Turbine!

Celebrate green energy innovation with the LEGO® Creator Expert 10268 Vestas® Wind Turbine. Developed in partnership with Vestas, this detailed, motorized LEGO model captures the elegance and graceful movement of a traditional wind turbine and features a new-for-January 2019 spruce tree, manufactured from sustainably sourced plant-based plastic. At approximately 39” (1m) high, the structure towers above a wooded hill and a house with furnished patio, mailbox, flowers and a white picket fence. Turn the nacelle left or right and switch on the included Power Functions motor to rotate the adjustable wind turbine blades and illuminate the cottage’s porch light. This collectible model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and makes a great display piece for the home or office. This big LEGO set also includes a Vestas service vehicle and 3 minifigures: 2 Vestas service technicians kitted out with safety helmets and a woman, plus a dog figure.

  • Includes 3 minifigures: a woman and 2 Vestas® service technicians with v-printed torsos, plus a dog figure.
  • Includes a LEGO® Power Functions medium motor, battery box and 2 new-for-January-2018 19.6” (50cm) extension wires.
  • This LEGO® Creator Expert Vestas® Wind Turbine set also features adjustable wind turbine blades, detailed tower, movable nacelle with aircraft warning lights, Vestas service vehicle, trees, greenery and a house with garden, flowers, picket fence and a patio with 2 chairs, table and a parasol.
  • Turn the nacelle left or right and switch on the included Power Functions motor to activate the adjustable wind turbine blades and working porch light.
  • Celebrate renewable energy technology with this buildable science toy.
  • Open the service vehicle doors and slide out the retractable tool compartment.
  • Includes a new-for-January-2019 spruce tree; manufactured from sustainably sourced plant-based plastic.
  • Accessory elements include 2 safety helmets, tools and 2 envelopes.
  • This set includes over 800 pieces and is suitable for ages 12+.
  • Measures approximately 39” (100 cm) high, 24” (62cm) wide and 12” (31cm) deep.

Available directly from LEGO Stores & shop.LEGO.com starting on the 23rd of November 2018.


16 comments on “LEGO opens vault to re-release 10268 Vestas Wind Turbine on Black Friday [News]

  1. Evan Schultheis

    Just like real wind turbines, heh.

    You’ll never see LEGO release a nuclear power set, sadly. Not unless they’re trying to convince people they’re a disaster waiting to happen.

  2. Mark

    The set doesn’t interest me a whole lot, and as othes have noted, the price is even less appealing. There’s no getting around that $0.24 is a pretty awful average price per piece, but did a little comparison trying to keep an open mind. The 22 very disappointed current BrickLink sellers are asking at least $400. A BrickLink EZBuy currently runs $650 plus shipping from 2 European sellers (and another $175 if you want the stickers really badly).

  3. Mr. Cup of Fail

    Pretty nice looking set, I took a like at the bricklink part page of the old version, and really good to see that pieces 45410 and 45411 are making a return after 4-5 years.

    (To Eugene)
    The price isn’t ridiculous at all, it’s actually a reasonable price.
    Of why the price is high is because of 3 things (take a look at the parts of the old version on bricklink to see), the many large elements used, the set is all printing and no stickers and 5 Power Function that is included.

  4. Mark

    @Evan – I wouldn’t expect to see a nuclear power plant represented in an official Lego set either, although they do have the CMF “Hazmat” Guy and sometimes Hulk sets are good for some trefoil strickers.

    But my wife and I noticed this oversight ourselves a couple years ago and created Heartlake Energy, which I hope to expand with a cooling tower soon. https://flic.kr/p/X8Q81r

  5. Laura Lego

    What a beautiful set, but the price gives me pause. I am sure it might be worth it to some and i think it is a nice build, but for me i want more bulk of a build for that price. Maybe i can just put it on my wishlist behind the other 30 sets i want ;)

  6. Jono

    Great to see this set return! One thing I’d like to know when you review it is whether it doubles as a fan (maybe an overpriced one but hey).

  7. Peggy Stefandel

    Nice try to indoctrinate our children to fall for the “green” scam. Those of us who are educated in the con of the game (IWT) know too well that they are NOT green, cheap, efficient, reliable, safe….I could go on and on. How much is the “wind” paying Lego to sell this scam to our innocent children/adults? I for one, will NEVER purchase a product by Lego ever again.

  8. Jono

    @Peggy so would you rather Lego made a coal mine set instead? I think it’s great that Lego is inspiring kids to think about cleaner sources of energy. Not sure if this is the place to be spreading disinformation about wind turbines.

  9. Johnny Johnson

    Wow, haha. That one comment is… uh, yeah. Wow. What a train wreck. As an innocent adult myself, I can at least be sure that LEGO isn’t being paid off by “Big Wind” to… sell LEGO. Baffling attempt at a theory, that. Aaanyway… fun wind turbine. Too rich for my blood (And it’d be much neater if spinning the turbine generated power for the house lights), but it’s nice to see it getting reissued.

  10. Mark

    I think it’s great the LEGO has sets representing a wide range of real-world industries and power sources. Although I don’t find wind turbines ever have as much character as windmills (which have been part of LEGO for at least 55 years — see https://brickset.com/sets/318-1/Windmill-Set ), they are a welcome addition a product lineup that has also represented various fossil fuels on multiple occasions (https://brickset.com/sets/9486-1/Oil-Rig-Escape) and (https://shop.lego.com/en-US/Bucket-Wheel-Excavator-42055).

  11. Scott

    Peggy S. is 100% insane. It’s okay though, her ridiculous boycott means more of the brick for me I guess. I just feel sorry for her kids and anyone else over whom she has any intellectual influence.

    The set is somewhat disappointing though, for the price i would have hoped for some more updates to modernize the cottage and van.

  12. Steve

    Maybe LEGO is getting subsidized by the government too. Or just making fun of others who are negatively impacted by the actions and greed of big money corporations. Turbines are so far from “green” energy it’s ridiculous. Sometimes a little homework goes a long way.

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