Set: 4999 City, Vestas Power Plant
Price:$10 - $2000, depending on how lucky you are!
I finally got my hands on a set, which I had the honor of building, reviewing and borrow for a while.
The box is massive!
But the wind mill even more so
Two A4 booklets in the usual LEGO quality.
You get 3 minifigs and a dog, the Vestas logos are stickers.
One might expect a generic vehicle, but the Vestas van is surprisingly detailed with a nice front and a back full of tools.
There is only room for a single minifig, though.
The house is like all the good old classics: small, but furnished and with other details to add playability: mailbox, kitchen with oven, sink and drawers and a nice terrace.
The LEDs light up when the mill runs.
Take a look at how the chairs are made!
Green BURPs and a cute bench among the green makes for a fine hill that hides the battery box.
Being made out of the huge airplane parts, one could suspect the tower to be a bit lacking in the details department, but it works perfectly in the city set.
The cables are all PF-adapters, so you can use an old 9V transformer to power the creation.
The level of details in this set is incredible. There even is a small door behind the tower.
Inside the turbine there is a motor and some gears. A clutch gear prevents you from driving the motor using the wings.
The wings are connected to the tower at an odd angle.
The stickers on the tower take some time to apply, and LEGO didn't hold back on the details here either.
For a collectible promo set, this one has blown me away. The built has a minimum of repetitions and is varied with everything from a vehicle to Technic. The high level of details makes it a great display model for home and office, but the current price is a tough one to swallow if you only know Vestas employees through Ebay.
The turbine is not completely silent, but drives for many hours on a single charge of batteries and the lights are perfect using only little power and giving lots of light in the dark.
Make sure to do everything in your might to make LEGO release this set for the public next year. It is by far one of the best City sets from 2008.
Built: 10/10. Varied with almost no repetitions.
Price: ??/10. It is a huge set and could support a price in line with the police HQ.
Playability: 10/10. Motor, Light, the turbine turns, there's a lot of interior and even the car has tons of playability!
Parts: 7/10. There are some unique parts (long adapter cables and green BURPs), but the rest of them are relatively ordinary.
Final score: 9/10.
Here is a video where you can see it working.
Edit: Added parts count thanks to KimT
Edited by Rick, 03 November 2011 - 08:43 PM.