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    • Ed Mack
      Hello BrickPickers and LEGO fans from around the world...What a crazy year! Covid and record high LEGO sales and prices made for an interesting year to say the least. Feels like yesterday I was putting the 2020 Brickpicker LEGO raffle together for my son Max's school, St. Paul School in Burlington, NJ.  He is eleven years old now and we started this way back when he was in kindergarten.  The last five raffles...
      2016 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE
      2017 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE
      2018 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE
      2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE
      2020 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE
      ...have been extremely successful and I am hoping for more generosity and kind souls to take part in this year's version.   Over the past five years, we raised over $200,000.00 for the school, which goes directly to the school and helps pay teacher salaries, utility bills, etc...Another year has passed and it’s time to raffle off some more dynamic LEGO gifts for charity. The money we raised the last five years literally kept the school open...which is a great thing.  It's a special school that once again was voted BEST or ONE of the BEST Private Schools (6 years in a row) in Burlington County, NJ, by The Burlington County Times.  Along with the whole school being voted either BEST or One of the Best, St. Paul School and its faculty also won numerous other awards, such as:
      Best or One of the Best Private Schools
      Best PreK-Nursery School
      Best or One of the Best Teacher(s)
      Best Fundraiser
      Best or One of the Best Music Instruction
      Best Tutor Service (Junior National Honor Society)
      Best SAT/ACT Preparation Service
      CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2021 BRICKPICKER LEGO SWEEPSTAKES FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!
      As I stated (over and over again) the last five years, St. Paul School (SPS) and its community are special.  My son loves the school, even though he won't admit it. Most days he actually runs into the school.  People from all races and religions attend St. Paul School. Besides excelling in educating the children, the school does a tremendous amount of charity for local people in need. From food drives to helping out at local retirement homes, the children of St. Paul School are required to perform “service hours” that are designed to teach generosity, altruism and instill a hard-working, disciplined attitude.  Excellence is expected and permeates through St. Paul School and the faculty and student body, so does a sense of goodness and frugalness. We make a little money go a long way. For example:
      All grade levels (Pre – K through 4) are scheduled for “Specials” each week...such as art, music, library, computers, and physical education
      St. Paul School is nationally accredited by “AdvancED” (the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement – NCA – CASI.)
      SPS middle-school students have three periods of Spanish and are testing into Spanish II for High School.
      SPS provides more periods of physical education each week than is required by the State.
      SPS provides multiple extracurricular activities such as: LEGO Robotics Club, Science Club, Vocal Choir, Rosary Group, Tonal Chimes, Hand Bell Choir, Crafty Kids Club, Basketball (Boys/Girls), Indoor Soccer, Cheerleading, Yearbook Club, National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), Student Council, MATHCounts, STREAM (Science Technology Religion Engineering Art Math, Activity Tutorial Period (ATP for 5th-8th grades)
      But all is not wonderful though.  As many of you know, many Catholic schools have a hard time making ends meet. Enrollments are down and many families do not have the extra money to spend on a private education.  Two neighboring Catholic schools in Willingboro and Maple Shade closed their doors this year.  In person fundraising has been reduced drastically because of social distancing restrictions. Even superb schools like St. Paul School has a hard time keeping the doors open, but unlike many public schools, St. Paul has been OPEN FULL TIME since September. While it’s been difficult, the wonderful SPS faculty and staff has kept the kids safe and in a great learning and social environment.  But it has bee very difficult fundraising with social distancing protocols in place.  Many traditional fundraisers have been shelved, so the Brickpicker LEGO Sweepstakes is even more important this year.  While our enrollment has stabilized, we will still be way short of breaking even; thus the need for the 2021 BRICKPICKER LEGO SWEEPSTAKES. This year’s version of the LEGO raffle will start with FIFTEEN awesome prizes! These include:
       
      2021 BRICKPICKER LEGO Sweepstakes to Keep St. Paul School Strong!
      SUPER MARIO MASSIVE MULTITUDE!
      71374 Nintendo Entertainment System
      71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Set
      71362 Guarded Fortress
      71367 Mario’s House and Yoshi
      71381 Chain Chomp Jungle Encounter
      71366 Boomer Bill Barrage
      71365 Piranha Plant Power Slide
      71363 Desert Pokey
      71373 Super Mario Builder Mario Power-Up Pack 
      71384 Super Mario Penguin Mario Power-Up Pack
      71370 Super Mario Fire Mario Power-Up Pack 
      71385 Super Mario Tanooki Mario Power-Up Pack 
      ST. PAUL SCHOOL MYSTERY LOT (#1)
      LOT # 1...Collected over the past six months by the St. Paul community...Dozens of LEGO sets that contain thousands and thousands of pieces.  All types, themes and sizes possible.  Jeff and I even threw some in for good measure.  Guaranteed 10,000 pieces...at least  This prize kicks butt!
      THE NEED FOR SPEED SPECTACULAR!
      10295 Creator Porsche 911
      75895 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0
      42093 Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
      76898 Formula E Panasonic Jaguar Racing Gen2 car and Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY
      75892 McLaren Senna
      75893  2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 1970 Dodge Charger R/T 
      76896 Nissan GT-R NISMO
      76895 Ferrari F8 Tributo
      30342 Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO
      42107 Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R
      OUT OF THIS WORLD...LEGO SPACE SET STOCKPILE!
      92176 NASA Apollo Saturn V
      21321 International Space Station
      10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander
      30365 Space Satellite
      6079531 Classic Space Minifigure
      21312 Women of NASA
      31107 Space Rover Explorer
      60226 Mars Research Shuttle
      60227 Lunar Space Station
      60229 Rocket Assembly and Transport
      $500.00 IN GIFT CARDS! (GIFT CARD PRIZE #1)
      $500.00 in gift cards of your choice!  Choose from retailers such as...
      Amazon
      Walmart
      Target
      Apple 
      Disney
      LEGO
      ...and many more!  Choose from many major retailers!
      DC & MARVEL COMICS(CON) COLLECTION...
      2008 Comic Con Batman and Joker Promotional Box Set (The Video Game)
      76139 1989 Batmobile
      40386 Batman Brick Sketch
      76105 The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition
      76124 War Machine Buster
      77905 Comic Con Black Widow Taskmaster’s Ambush
      76114 Spider-Man's Spider Crawl
      76165 Iron Man Helmet
      IDYLLIC IDEAS LOT
      21317 Steamboat Willie
      40448 Vintage Car
      21316 The Flintstones
      21319 Central Perk
      21315 Pop-Up Book
      21314 Tron: Legacy
      92177 Ship in a Bottle
      21110 Research Institute
      21308 Adventure Time
      21109 Exo Suit
      21320 Dinosaur Fossils
      THE STAR WARS CHARACTER COLLECTION...BB-8 and friends.
      75187 BB-8
      40431 BB-8 Brick Sketch
      75278 D-O
      75318 The Child
      75255 Yoda
      75253 Droid Commander (New/sealed set, box slightly damaged)
      75274 TIE Fighter Pilot Helmet
      75276 StormTrooper Helmet
      75317 The Mandalorian & The Child Brickheadz
      "I AIN'T AFRAID OF NO GHOSTS!" HAUNTED LOT
      10273 Haunted House
      10274 Ghostbusters ECTO-1
      21108 Ghostbusters ECTO-1 (Ideas)
      850487 Halloween Accessory Set
      TWO "P"s (PORSCHES) IN A POD!
      42056 Porsche 911 GT3 R3
      42096 Porsche 911 RSR
      HARRY POTTER HOGWARTS HOARD
      71043 Hogwarts Castle
      30628 The Monster Book of Monsters
      75954 Hogwarts Great Hall
      75969 Hogwarts Astronomy Tower
      75953 Hogwarts Whomping Willow
      AMUSEMENT PARK MADNESS!
      10247 Creator Expert Ferris Wheel (New/sealed bags and complete...Box has some wear.)
      40346 LEGOLAND
      70432 Hidden Side Haunted Fairground
      41375 Friends Heartlake City Amusement Pier
      31095 Creator Fairground Carousel
      60234 Fun Fair CITY People Pack 
      THE ARCHITECTURE ASSEMBLAGE
      21030 United States Capitol Building
      21029 Buckingham Palace
      21041 Great Wall of China
      21034 Skyline Collection: London
      21051 Skyline Collection: Tokyo
      21047 Skyline Collection: Las Vegas
      21052 Skyline Collection: Dubai
      21044 Skyline Collection: Paris
      BONUS BUILDING: 40415 LEGO Brand Retail Store
      ST. PAUL SCHOOL MYSTERY LOT (#2)
      LOT # 2...Similar to LOT #1.  Collected over the past six months by the St. Paul community...Dozens of LEGO sets that contain thousands and thousands of pieces.  All types, themes and sizes possible.  Jeff and I even threw some in for good measure.  Guaranteed 10,000 pieces...at least  This prize kicks butt!
      $500.00 IN GIFT CARDS! (GIFT CARD PRIZE #2)
      $500.00 in gift cards of your choice!  Choose from retailers such as...
      Amazon
      Walmart
      Target
      Apple 
      Disney
      LEGO
      ...and many more!  Choose from many major retailers!
       
      Once again, this year’s total prize value equals or exceeds the previous five year's total prize value.  The last five years, we had 51 raffle prizes and winners from around the world. From Vancouver, Canada to Reno, Nevada to Miami Beach, Florida to the Isle of Man, United Kingdom and everywhere in between, generous raffle participants were rewarded with awesome LEGO prizes. I wish we had some winners in New Jersey so I can hand deliver the sets...maybe this year!  We even had repeat winners!  The 2021 BRICKPICKER LEGO SWEEPSTAKES can be found here on the secure Rally.up.com site:
      CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2021 BRICKPICKER LEGO SWEEPSTAKES FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!
      Like the last five years, we will ship most of the prizes to anywhere across the globe.  Two of the large lot prizes (SPS Mystery LOTS #1 and #2) are so large I can only ship them to United States customers who live in the contiguous 48 states due to shipping costs.  If there is an issue with shipping or prizes, a comparable prize and/or shipping method will be arranged with the winner. The last four years, the LEGO BRICKPICKER RAFFLES worked very well.  The Rallyup.com site is a first class, secure site that made this all possible. They also issued the school a big fat check(s).  All raffle proceeds and donations benefit the school directly by bridging the gap between what tuition covers and actual educational costs. It also raises money to upgrade the school’s technology, keeping St. Paul School ahead of the academic curve with a dynamic curriculum. The prizes have been donated by Jeff and I, the St. Paul School PTA and by some very generous BrickPicker members. I am hoping, like last year, that more people will donate sets after the raffle begins. It was fun adding to the prizes last year. You never know what can pop up as a prize! I AM ALWAYS ADDING NEW SETS!!!
      On a personal note, once again, I would like to thank every person who donated sets/money and/or bought tickets to last five LEGO BRICKPICKER RAFFLES. It helped save a wonderful school and kept dozens of people employed and 175 kids with their friends and teachers. I don’t like asking but will anyway...please help out again this year.  Even buying one ticket can help, and it gives you a chance to win some great prizes. Watching the raffle ticket total rise every day was an intense rush and extremely gratifying experience. It made me so proud to have started this site with my brother Jeff and made me realize there is still good in this world.  I know some people do not approve of donating to faith- based schools or charities.  I respect that, but also please respect my beliefs. This is not about religion. This is about helping a great school remain open and kids in their school and teachers in their jobs.  Please keep negative comments to yourself. Thank you...
      ***If you haven’t already noticed, we have changed the term “RAFFLE” to “SWEEPSTAKES.” The structure of this year's "sweepstakes" is similar to last year's raffle, with the exception that a person cannot buy entries/tickets/donations for a specific prize.  Due to changes in New Jersey online gaming laws in late 2020, online raffles are no longer allowed.  It would appear that online scammers and thieves were using the pandemic as a way to run fraudulent raffles; thus, honest, charitable causes have been hurt. Rallyup.com has developed the "sweepstakes" system to replace the raffle in states that do not allow such online gaming. 
      People can buy entries/tickets/donations to win the prizes. They can also send in for a free voucher to Rallyup.com and mail in the voucher to be entered in the sweepstakes.  One entry/ticket/donation can win any prize.  People can win multiple prizes. The basic $10.00 entry/ticket/donation can win 10 separate prizes!  There are multiple entry/ticket price/amount combinations.  The more entries/tickets you buy, the cheaper the entries/tickets/donations. The more entries/tickets/donations that you have, the better chance you have to win.  The entry/ticket fees/donations will go directly to St. Paul School.  Remember, the school will receive ZERO donations if you choose the mail-in method.  Mail-in vouchers must be received and processed by Rallyup.com before the drawing date to be entered.
      Rallyup.com will automatically and randomly pick and contact winners.  Winners should then reach out to Ed Mack on www.BrickPicker.com to arrange for prize shipment.  As with the previous four BrickPicker LEGO Raffles, prizes will be only shipped to a deliverable and legitimate mailing address.  Every effort will be made to get the prizes to the winners...no matter where they are on the planet.  In case safe and reasonable shipment is not possible, suitable prize arrangements/replacements will be made.  The prizes with large amounts of sets (St. Paul Mystery Lots) will only be shipped to the contiguous 48 states of the United States due to the excessive size and shipping costs.  Replacement sets/gift cards will replace those prizes in case of out of country(USA) winners.  
      The ability to buy entries/tickets/donations will end on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM.  The drawing date for the winners will be Monday, May 24, 2012 at 12:00 AM. If you are a winner, please contact me on the site so we can confirm the prizes and shipping addresses. The Rallyup.com site works very well and is secure, so please feel confident in donating to the school and purchasing raffle tickets. All the money goes to St. Paul School, which is a 501(c)(3), and to Rallyup.com for running the raffle.  I will make every effort to supply the winners with the appropriate prizes. If there are shipping issues, inventory issues or potential problems beyond my control, I will make sure the winners are awarded LEGO sets/gift cards comparable to the original prizes. Any questions, ideas or concerns, please reply below or PM Jeff or me…Thank you.
       
      LEGO SWEEPSTAKES START DATE: MARCH 1, 2021
      LEGO SWEEPSTAKES END DATE: MAY 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM
      LEGO SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS PICKED/NOTIFIED: MAY 24, 2021 at 12:00 AM
       
      Thanks again!
      Ed Mack

       

    • Ed Mack
      Hello BrickPickers and LEGO fans from around the world...Feels like yesterday I was putting the 2019 Brickpicker LEGO raffle together for my son Max's school, St. Paul School in Burlington, NJ.  He is ten years old now and we started this way back when he was in kindergarten.  The last four raffles... 2016 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE
      2017 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE
      2018 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE
      2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE
      ...have been extremely successful and I am hoping for more generosity and kind souls to take part in this year's version.   Over the past four years, we raised over $177,000.00 for the school which goes directly to the school and helps pay teacher salaries, utility bills, etc...Another year has passed and it’s time to raffle off some more dynamic LEGO gifts for charity. The money we raised the last three years literally kept the school open...which is a great thing.  It's a special school that once again was voted BEST or ONE of the BEST Private Schools (5 years in a row) in Burlington County, NJ, by The Burlington County Times.  Along with the whole school being voted either BEST or One of the Best, St. Paul School and its faculty also won numerous other awards, such as:
      Best or One of the Best Private Schools
      Best PreK-Nursery School
      Best or One of the Best Teacher(s)
      Best Fundraiser
      Best or One of the Best Music Instruction
      Best Tutor Service (Junior National Honor Society)
      Best SAT/ACT Preparation Service
      CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2020 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!
      As I stated, the last three years, St. Paul School (SPS) and its community are special.  My son loves the school, even though he won't admit it. Most days he actually runs into the school.  People from all races and religions attend St. Paul School. Besides excelling in educating the children, the school does a tremendous amount of charity for local people in need. From food drives to helping out at local retirement homes, the children of St. Paul School are required to perform “service hours” that are designed to teach generosity, altruism and instill a hard-working, disciplined attitude.  Excellence is expected and permeates through St. Paul School and the faculty and student body, so does a sense of goodness and frugalness. We make a little money go a long way. For example:
      All grade levels (Pre – K through 4) are scheduled for “Specials” each week...such as art, music, library, computers, and physical education
      St. Paul School is nationally accredited by “AdvancED” (the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement – NCA – CASI.)
      SPS middle-school students have three periods of Spanish and are testing into Spanish II for High School.
      SPS provides more periods of physical education each week than is required by the State.
      SPS provides multiple extracurricular activities such as: LEGO Robotics Club, Science Club, Vocal Choir, Rosary Group, Tonal Chimes, Hand Bell Choir, Crafty Kids Club, Basketball (Boys/Girls), Indoor Soccer, Cheerleading, Yearbook Club, National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), Student Council, MATHCounts, STREAM (Science Technology Religion Engineering Art Math, Activity Tutorial Period (ATP for 5th-8th grades)
      But all is not wonderful though.  As many of you know, many Catholic schools have a hard time making ends meet. Enrollments are down and many families do not have the extra money to spend on a private education.  Two neighboring Catholic schools in Willingboro and Maple Shade will close their doors next year.  Even superb schools like St. Paul School have a hard time keeping the doors open. While our enrollment has stabilized, we will still be way short of breaking even; thus the need for the 2020 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE. This year’s version of the LEGO raffle will start with TEN awesome prizes. These include:

       
      Keep St. Paul Strong BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE 2020
      $1000.00 in gift cards of your choice!  Choose from retailers such as...
      Amazon Walmart Target Apple  Disney ...and many more!  Choose from ShopWith Scrip.com! 76139 1989 Batmobile 40433 Limited Edition 1989 Batmobile promo 76023 The Tumbler 75144 Ultimate Collector Series Snowspeeder 75060 Ultimate Collector Series Slave I 40333 STAR WARS Battle of Hoth 20th Anniversary promo PLUS BONUS STAR WARS SET(S)!
      10175 Ultimate Collector Series Vader's TIE Advanced STAR WARS 10th Anniversary "Black Chrome" Darth Vader minifigure 75251 DARTH VADER'S CASTLE PLUS BONUS 40333 STAR WARS Battle of Hoth 20th Anniversary promo!
      76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier 76105 The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition 40334 Avenger's Tower promo 76108 Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown 10253 Creator Expert Big Ben 10247 Creator Expert Ferris Wheel 10243 Creator Expert Parisian Restaurant ST. PAUL SCHOOL MYSTERY "A LOT"
      This is the best prize!  Just sayin'...Collected over the past six months by the St. Paul community...Dozens of LEGO sets that contain thousands and thousands of pieces.  All types, themes and sizes.  Jeff and I even threw some in for good measure.  Guaranteed 15,000 pieces.  This prize kicks butt!  IT IS ALREADY AT 10,000 PIECES AND THE ST. PAUL COMMUNITY IS STILL COLLECTING THEM UNTIL THE RAFFLE ENDS!!!!  
      Multitude of sets from various LEGO movies!  The lot will include:
      70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg 70618 Destiny's Bounty 70903 The Riddler Riddle Racer 70615 Fire Mech 70835 Rex's Rexplorer 70900 The Joker Balloon Escape 70834 MetalBeards's Heavy Metal Motor Trike ...and many, many more!  HUGE LOT!  Thousands of pieces!!! 71044 Disney Train and Station 71040 The Disney Castle ...and a few other Disney sets!!! BRICKPICKER RESELLER SPECIAL!!! 
      Dozens of sets... GUARANTEED 15,000 PIECES AND THEN SOME!!!!  This lot is so huge, it can only be shipped within the contiguous 48 states of the United States! Many retired sets ready to resell.  From all major themes from Architecture to Trolls!  Great for beginners or pros.  There are multiples of some sets. This prize also includes a discount from West End Toys on their toy consignment program which I utilized the past year and a half selling my large inventory of LEGO sets!!!  Please contact me for details. This is the most valuable prize we have raffled off in the five years of the BrickPicker LEGO raffle.  Go big or go home!!!

      Once again, this year’s total prize value equals or exceeds the previous three year's total prize value.  The last three years, we had 31 raffle prizes and winners from around the world. From Vancouver, Canada to Reno, Nevada to Miami Beach, Florida to the Isle of Man, United Kingdom and everywhere in between, generous raffle participants were rewarded with awesome LEGO prizes. I wish we had some winners in New Jersey so I can hand deliver the sets...maybe this year!  We even had repeat winners!  The 2020 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE can be found here on the secure Rally.up.com site:
      CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2020 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!
      Like the last three years, we will ship most of the prizes to anywhere across the globe.  Two of the large lot prizes (SPS Mystery lot and Brickpicker Reseller lot) are so large I can only ship them to United States customers who live in the contiguous 48 states due to shipping costs.  If there is an issue with shipping or prizes, a comparable prize and/or shipping method will be arranged with the winner. The last four years, the LEGO BRICKPICKER RAFFLES worked very well.  The Rallyup.com site is a first class, secure site that made this all possible. They also issued the school a big fat check(s).  All raffle proceeds and donations benefit the school directly by bridging the gap between what tuition covers and actual educational costs. It also raises money to upgrade the school’s technology, keeping St. Paul School ahead of the academic curve with a dynamic curriculum. The prizes have been donated by Jeff and I, the St. Paul School PTA and by some very generous BrickPicker members. I am hoping, like last year, that more people will donate sets after the raffle begins. It was fun adding to the prizes last year. You never know what can pop up as a prize! I AM ALWAYS ADDING NEW SETS!!!
      On a personal note, once again, I would like to thank every person who donated sets/money and/or bought tickets to last three year’s LEGO BRICKPICKER RAFFLES. It helped save a wonderful school and kept dozens of people employed and 165 kids with their friends and teachers. I don’t like asking but will anyway...please help out again this year.  Even buying one ticket can help, and it gives you a chance to win some great prizes. Watching the raffle ticket total rise every day was an intense rush and extremely gratifying experience. It made me so proud to have started this site with my brother Jeff and made me realize there is still good in this world.  I know some people do not approve of donating to faith- based schools or charities.  I respect that, but also please respect my beliefs. This is not about religion. This is about helping a great school remain open and kids in their school and teachers in their jobs.  Please keep negative comments to yourself. Thank you...
      The structure is slightly different this year.  Unlike in the past three years when, for example, $10.00 would buy a single chance, this year $10.00 will buy 10 chances or raffle tickets in some of the raffles.  This is done for several reasons. For one, the Rallyup.com site has come up with a way to help put more money into the charity’s bank account. They will ask if a person who buys chances will “donate” money to support the raffle.  In years past, St. Paul School would have to pay a percentage back to the Rallyup.com site to run it. This year, people can donate a few dollars to help out, and they will GET MORE CHANCES FOR PRIZES if they do so. Donors will visit the campaign page and choose how many raffle entries they want to purchase. During checkout, they’ll be asked if they want to add a small "tip" to help fund the campaign costs. In exchange, they’ll receive a limited number of “bonus” entries into the drawing. Tipping is entirely optional.  This is a win-win for the school and for donors!  
      The contest will end on May 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be notified by Rallyup.com early on the 18th of March.  If you are a winner, please contact me on the site so we can confirm the prizes and shipping addresses. The Rallyup.com site works very well and is secure, so please feel confident in donating to the school and purchasing raffle tickets. All the money goes to St. Paul School, which is a 501(c)(3), and to Rallyup.com for running the raffle.  I will make every effort to supply the winners with the appropriate prizes. If there are shipping issues, inventory issues or potential problems beyond my control, I will make sure the winners are awarded LEGO sets/gift cards comparable to the original prizes. Any questions, ideas or concerns, please reply below or PM Jeff or me…
       
      TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL: May 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
      DRAWING DATE: May 16, 2020 at 12:00 AM EST
       
      Thanks again!
      Ed Mack
       
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    • jaisonline
      Hello Lego fans,
      link = https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072MHYHXJ/
      As reported by members this morning and online discount sites, Amazon.com has an EXCELLENT sale today on Lego's Creator Expert Carousel set.   
      It is also likely a set that will be retiring soon so buy it while still available.
      35% off
      $129.99.   (Retail Price is $199.99)
      Like many AFOLs, I purchased one set today along with both optional Power Function parts (88000 and 8883) for automatic play.  The kids will love this,  
      As some folks may remember, 10257 was somewhat of a refresh for the hugely popular 10196 Grand Carousel from 2009 .
       

       

    • Ed Mack
      Hello BrickPickers and LEGO fans from around the world...
       
      Time flies...It’s a little later than usual, but it's that time of year again.  Time to raise money for my son Max's school, St. Paul School, in Burlington, NJ. After three very...VERY...successful LEGO Raffles...
      2016 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE
      2017 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE
      2018 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE
      ...in which we raised over $150,000.00 for the school, another year has passed, and it’s time to raffle off some more dynamic LEGO gifts for charity. The money we raised the last three years literally kept the school open...which is a great thing.  It's a special school that once again was voted BEST or ONE of the BEST Private Schools (4 years in a row) in Burlington County, NJ, by The Burlington County Times.  Along with the whole school being voted either BEST or One of the Best, St. Paul School and its faculty also won numerous other awards, such as:
      Best or One of the Best Private Schools
      Best PreK-Nursery School
      Best or One of the Best Teacher(s)
      Best Fundraiser
      Best or One of the Best Music Instruction
      Best Tutor Service (Junior National Honor Society)
      Best SAT/ACT Preparation Service
      CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!
      As I stated, the last three years, St. Paul School (SPS) and its community are special.  My son loves the school, even though he won't admit it. Most days he actually runs into the school.  People from all races and religions attend St. Paul School. Besides excelling in educating the children, the school does a tremendous amount of charity for local people in need. From food drives to helping out at local retirement homes, the children of St. Paul School are required to perform “service hours” that are designed to teach generosity, altruism and instill a hard-working, disciplined attitude.  Excellence is expected and permeates through St. Paul School and the faculty and student body, so does a sense of goodness and frugalness. We make a little money go a long way. For example:
      All grade levels (Pre – K through 4) are scheduled for “Specials” each week...such as art, music, library, computers, and physical education
      St. Paul School is nationally accredited by “AdvancED” (the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement – NCA – CASI.)
      SPS middle-school students have three periods of Spanish and are testing into Spanish II for High School.
      SPS provides more periods of physical education each week than is required by the State.
      SPS provides multiple extracurricular activities such as: LEGO Robotics Club, Science Club, Vocal Choir, Rosary Group, Tonal Chimes, Hand Bell Choir, Crafty Kids Club, Basketball (Boys/Girls), Indoor Soccer, Cheerleading, Yearbook Club, National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), Student Council, MATHCounts, STREAM (Science Technology Religion Engineering Art Math, Activity Tutorial Period (ATP for 5th-8th grades)
      But all is not wonderful though.  As many of you know, many Catholic schools have a hard time making ends meet. Enrollments are down and many families do not have the extra money to spend on a private education.  Even superb schools like St. Paul School have a hard time keeping the doors open. While our enrollment has stabilized, we will still be way short of breaking even; thus the need for the 2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE. This year’s version of the LEGO raffle will start with TEN awesome prizes. These include:

       
      Keep St. Paul Strong 2019
      $1000.00 Amazon Gift card
      75192 UCS Millennium Falcon
      Amusement Park Sets
      10196 Grand Carousel(Preowned by Ed Mack, Clean and Complete with Box/Instructions)
      10247 Creator Ferris Wheel
      STAR WARS Sidekicks
      10225 R2-D2
      75187 BB-8
      75230 Porg
      DC and Marvel Comics Super Sized Set Lot
      76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier
      OR
      76023 The Tumbler
      AND
      76052 Batman Classic TV Series Batcave
      Modular Madness
      10224 Town Hall (Box is in poor condition...Set is new in sealed bags)
      10281 Pet Shop (New with some shelf wear)
      10246 Detective’s Office (New)
      St. Paul School Mystery Lot (Dozens of sets...Thousands and thousands of pieces)
      Fast and the Furious
      42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
      OR
      42083 Bugatti Chiron
      AND
      10265 Ford Mustang
      British Invasion!
      10253 Creator Big Ben
      10214 Creator Tower Bridge
        PLUS “BONUS SET”!!!
      Spook Spectacular Lot
      10228 Haunted House
      30200 Zombie Chauffeur Coffin Car
      40260 Halloween Haunt
      9461 The Swamp Creature
      9464 The Vampyre Hearse
      850487 Minifigures Halloween Accessory Set
      40203 Vampyre and Bat

       
      Once again, this year’s total prize value equals or exceeds the previous three year's total prize value.  The last three years, we had 31 raffle prizes and winners from around the world. From Vancouver, Canada to Reno, Nevada to Miami Beach, Florida to the Isle of Man, United Kingdom and everywhere in between, generous raffle participants were rewarded with awesome LEGO prizes. I wish we had some winners in New Jersey so I can hand deliver the sets...maybe this year!  We even had repeat winners!  The 2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE can be found here on the secure Rally.up.com site:
      CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!
      Like the last three years, we will ship the prizes to anywhere across the globe.  If there is an issue with shipping or prizes, a comparable prize and/or shipping method will be arranged with the winner. The last two years, the LEGO BRICKPICKER RAFFLES worked very well.  The Rallyup.com site is a first class, secure site that made this all possible. They also issued the school a big fat check(s).  All raffle proceeds and donations benefit the school directly by bridging the gap between what tuition covers and actual educational costs. It also raises money to upgrade the school’s technology, keeping St. Paul School ahead of the academic curve with a dynamic curriculum. The prizes have been donated by Jeff and I, the St. Paul School PTA and by some very generous BrickPicker members. I am hoping, like last year, that more people will donate sets after the raffle begins. It was fun adding to the prizes last year. You never know what can pop up as a prize!
       
      On a personal note, once again, I would like to thank every person who donated sets/money and/or bought tickets to last three year’s LEGO BRICKPICKER RAFFLES. It helped save a wonderful school and kept dozens of people employed and 175 kids with their friends and teachers. I don’t like asking but will anyway...please help out again this year.  Even buying one ticket can help, and it gives you a chance to win some great prizes. Watching the raffle ticket total rise every day was an intense rush and extremely gratifying experience. It made me so proud to have started this site with my brother Jeff and made me realize there is still good in this world.  I know some people do not approve of donating to faith- based schools or charities.  I respect that, but also please respect my beliefs. This is not about religion. This is about helping a great school remain open and kids in their school and teachers in their jobs.  Please keep negative comments to yourself. Thank you...
       
      The structure is slightly different this year.  Unlike in the past three years when, for example, $10.00 would buy a single chance, this year $10.00 will buy 10 chances or raffle tickets in some of the raffles.  This is done for several reasons. For one, the Rallyup.com site has come up with a way to help put more money into the charity’s bank account. They will ask if a person who buys chances will “donate” money to support the raffle.  In years past, St. Paul School would have to pay a percentage back to the Rallyup.com site to run it. This year, people can donate a few dollars to help out, and they will GET MORE CHANCES FOR PRIZES if they do so. Donors will visit the campaign page and choose how many raffle entries they want to purchase. During checkout, they’ll be asked if they want to add a small "tip" to help fund the campaign costs. In exchange, they’ll receive a limited number of “bonus” entries into the drawing. Tipping is entirely optional.  This is a win-win for the school and for donors!  
       
      The contest will end on May 21, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Winners will be notified by Rallyup.com early on the 22nd of May.  If you are a winner, please contact me on the site so we can confirm the prizes and shipping addresses. The Rallyup.com site works very well and is secure, so please feel confident in donating to the school and purchasing raffle tickets. All the money goes to St. Paul School, which is a 501(c)(3), and to Rallyup.com for running the raffle.  I will make every effort to supply the winners with the appropriate prizes. If there are shipping issues, inventory issues or potential problems beyond my control, I will make sure the winners are awarded LEGO sets/gift cards comparable to the original prizes. Any questions, ideas or concerns, please reply below or PM Jeff or me…
       
      TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL: May 21, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST (Cinco de Mayo)
      DRAWING DATE: May 22, 2019, at 12:00 AM EST
       
      Thanks again!
      Ed Mack
       
                                                               <<<<NEW TEXT OPTION>>>>
       
      DIAL 855-202-2100 AND TEXT “LEGORAFFLE” TO GET INSTANT ACCESS TO THE RAFFLE!

    • Alpinemaps
      LEGO fans were given an early Christmas for about an hour on Tuesday morning, as the UCS Millennium Falcon 75192 showed up on Walmart's site for 25% off.  Normally priced at $799.99, the one hour sale had the Falcon down to $599.99.
      It hasn't been Christmas for everyone, though, as a number of users reported yesterday that their orders got cancelled.  However, a few users have reported that they have shipping confirmations for their orders.  And for a brief time this morning, the set showed up once again at $599.99.
      Keep those eyes open, you never know when this, or any other set, may go on surprise sale in the days leading up to Christmas.  Register and participate in the board to stay abreast of the latest deals.
      A big thank you to @exracer327 for posting the deal first.


    • Alpinemaps
      In typical fashion as we approach the end of the year, LEGO has officially unveiled the next in it's line of Creator Modular Buildings - The Corner Garage.  The set will retail for $199.99 (US) and will be available beginning January 1, exclusively at LEGO Shop at Home.  No doubt it will be available elsewhere starting 2nd Quarter 2019.  The set will contain 2,569 pieces.  The set fits resembles a 1950s era Service Garage and Gas Station, and fits in very well with the 1950's Downtown Diner (10260) released January 1, 2018.
      LEGO's press release:
      On the investment front, there could be as many as six Modular Building available at the same time:
      10264 - Corner Garage 10260 - Downtown Diner 10255 - Assembly Square 10251 - Brick Bank 10246 - Detective's Office 10243 - Parisian Restaurant A savvy individual would note that some of those have been going in-and-out of stock (most notably Brick Bank, that was on sale over Black Friday weekend).  Also telling is that both the Corner Garage and the Brick Bank are corner buildings.
      Keep an eye out for this set, coming January 1, 2019.  Pictures below.
       


      Discuss the Corner Garage here:
       

    • Ed Mack
      Hello LEGO fans...
      It's that time of year again.  Time to raise money for my son Max's school, St. Paul School, in Burlington, NJ.  After two very...VERY...successful LEGO Raffles...
      2016 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE 2017 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE ...in which we raised over $100,000.00 for the school, another year has passed, and it’s time to raffle off some dynamic LEGO gifts for charity. The money we raised the last two years literally kept the school open...which is a great thing.  It's a special school that once again was voted BEST Private School in Burlington County, NJ, by The Burlington County Times, along with numerous other awards, such as:
      Best Private School Best PreK-Nursery School Best Teacher Best Fundraiser Best Music Instruction Best Tutor Service (Junior National Honor Society) CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2018 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!
      As I stated the last two years, St. Paul School (SPS) and its community are special.  My son loves the school, even though he won't admit it.  People from all races and religions attend St. Paul School.  Besides excelling in educating the children, the school does a tremendous amount of charity for local people in need. From food drives to helping out at local retirement homes, the children of St.Paul School are required to perform “service hours” that are designed to teach generosity, altruism and instill a hard-working, disciplined attitude.  Excellence is expected and permeates through St. Paul School and the faculty and student body, so does a sense of goodness and frugalness.  We make a little money go a long way. For example:
      All grade levels (Pre – K through 4) are scheduled for “Specials” each week...such as art, music, library, computers, and physical education St.Paul School is nationally accredited by “AdvancED” (the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement – NCA – CASI. SPS middle-school students have three periods of Spanish and are testing into Spanish II for High School. SPS provides more periods of physical education each week than is required by the State. SPS provides multiple extracurricular activities such as: LEGO Robotics Club, Science Club, Vocal Choir, Rosary Group, Tonal Chimes, Hand Bell Choir, Crafty Kids Club, Basketball (Boys/Girls), Indoor Soccer, Cheerleading, Yearbook Club, National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), Student Council, MATHCounts, STREAM (Science Technology Religion Engineering Art Math, Activity Tutorial Period (ATP for 5th-8th grades) This year, we even added a LEGO club! But all is not wonderful though.  As many of you know, many Catholic schools have a hard time making ends meet. Enrollments are down and many families do not have the extra money to spend on a private education.  Even superb schools like St. Paul School have a hard time keeping the doors open.  While our enrollment has stabilized, we will still be way short of breaking even; thus the need for the 2018 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE. This year’s version of the LEGO raffle will start with TEN awesome prizes. These include:

                                2018 LEGO RAFFLE PRIZES
      $1000 Amazon Gift Card
      75192 UCS Millennium Falcon  
      The Lord of the Rings Two Towers Lot
      9474 LOTR Battle of Helms Deep
      10237 Tower of Orthanc
      9471 Uruk-Hai Army
      STAR WARS Empire Strikes Back Hoth Lot
      75098 UCS Assault on Hoth
      7879 Hoth Echo Base
      TWO 8083 Rebel Trooper Battle Packs
      TWO 8084 Snowtrooper Battle Packs
      8129 AT-AT Walker
      PICK ANY (ONE) RETIRED SET.  IF WINNER BUYS A COMBINED $100 OR MORE OF ANY RAFFLE TICKETS, PICK TWO!!!!
      10218 Pet Shop
      10211 Grand Emporium
      10197 Fire Brigade
      76023 The Tumbler
      10228 Haunted House
      10227 UCS B-Wing Starfighter
      10236 Ewok Village
      10240 Red Five X-Wing Starfighter
      10221 UCS Super Star Destroyer
      10188 Death Star with “Bonus Set”  
      Pick a New Set (Taj Mahal OR Ghostbusters Headquarters OR Disney Castle)
      BrickPicker Mystery Lot (Guaranteed to be AT LEAST 5000 pieces)
      10030 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (Used and complete)
       
      Once again, this year’s total prize value exceeds the previous two year's total prize value.  The last two years, we had 21 raffle prizes and winners from around the world. From Vancouver, Canada to Reno, Nevada to Miami Beach, Florida to the Isle of Man, United Kingdom and everywhere in between, generous raffle participants were rewarded with awesome LEGO prizes. I wish we had some winners in New Jersey so I can hand deliver the sets...maybe this year!  We even had a repeat winner!  The 2018 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE can be found here on the secure Rally.up.com site:
      CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2018 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!
      Like the last two years, we will ship the prizes to anywhere across the globe.  If there is an issue with shipping or prizes, a comparable prize and/or shipping method will be arranged with the winner. The last two years, the LEGO BRICKPICKER RAFFLES worked very well.  The Rallyup.com site is a first class, secure site that made this all possible.  They also issued the school a big fat check(s).  All raffle proceeds and donations benefit the school directly by bridging the gap between what tuition covers and actual educational costs. It also raises money to upgrade the school’s technology, keeping St. Paul School ahead of the academic curve with a dynamic curriculum. The prizes have been donated by Jeff and I, the St.Paul School PTA and by some very generous BrickPicker members. I am hoping, like last year, that more people will donate sets after the raffle begins. It was fun adding to the prizes last year. You never know what can pop up as a prize!
      On a personal note, once again, I would like to thank every person who donated sets/money and/or bought tickets to last two year’s LEGO BRICKPICKER RAFFLES. It helped save a wonderful school and kept dozens of people employed and 175 kids with their friends and teachers. I don’t like asking, but will anyway...please help out again this year.  Even buying one ticket can help and it gives you a chance to win some great prizes.  Watching the raffle ticket total rise every day was an intense rush and extremely gratifying experience.  It made me so proud to have started this site with my brother Jeff and made me realize there is still good in this world…
      The contest will end on March 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be notified by Rallyup.com. If you are a winner, please contact me on the site so we can confirm the prizes and shipping addresses. The Rallyup.com site works very well and is secure, so please feel confident in donating to the school and purchasing raffle tickets. All the money goes to St. Paul School, which is a 501(c)(3), and to Rallyup.com for running the raffle.  I will make every effort to supply the winners with the appropriate prizes.  If there are shipping issues, inventory issues or potential problems beyond my control, I will make sure the winners are awarded LEGO sets/gift cards comparable to the original prizes.  Any questions, ideas or concerns, please reply below or PM Jeff or me...
      TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL: March 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST (My 50th Birthday)
      DRAWING DATE: March 14, 2018 at 12:00 AM EST
      Thanks again!
      Ed Mack

    • jaisonline
      There were two interesting user comments in-response to CapnRex101's August 27th article, "What's Missing? Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" on brickset.com.
      These comments were made by a LEGO set designer, Hans Burkhard Schlömer (aka BrickCommander). His posted comments are....
       

       
      Essentially Hans Burkhard Schlömer said the initial wave Rogue One sets such as his designed, Krennic's Imperial Shuttle, will be retiring this year. Then his next comment suggested the 75105 - Millennium Falcon will be replaced by the 75190 - First Order Star Destroyer as LEGO's next "BIG" non-UCS set.
      Here is the list of Rogue One Wave 1 sets.
      75152-1   Imperial Assault Hovertank 75153-1   AT-ST Walker 75154-1   TIE Striker 75155-1   Rebel U-wing Fighter 75156-1   Krennic's Imperial Shuttle  
      So what are your thoughts about the AFOL appeal and investment appeal of the proposed retiring sets?

    • Jeff Mack
      While I am getting closer to releasing a long overdue update to BrickPicker, now is a good time to release some content that I was hoping to release with the updated site.  @belljohn has been talking with Ed and I for a very long time and has spent a lot of time in creating a series of Brickvesting videos that he is happy to share on the BrickPicker YouTube Channel.  I am hoping to see this expand this into a bunch of different topic series and welcome any of you that are interested in working on some videos to reach out to me and we can work on it.  Set reviews, investing tips, set builds, etc. 
      It's not easy to speak for ~15 minutes, but Brook does an amazing job covering this topic. We will be publishing more videos soon from belljohn.  We hope you enjoy it.  Who knows, maybe soon you will see Ed showcase his amazing words of wisdom in video. That will be a real treat.
       

    • Alpinemaps
      In recent weeks, LEGOLAND California has gone through another price structure change.  This time, removing discounts from "Sale" and "Hard to Find" items that are carried in their shops.

      In year's past, annual passholders would expect to find LEGO sets priced at RRP.  With a LEGOLAND California Annual Pass, a 10% discount was applied to all orders.  During the years of "no discounts on exclusives," this made purchasing exclusives, such as modular buildings, a little more desirable at LEGOLAND.
      Late last year, LEGOLAND California started raising prices on certain items, to "balance" the Annual Pass discount.  Items such as the Disney Castle, which has an RRP of $349.99, has been priced at $384.99 at LEGOLAND California.  With the increase in price, the discount works out to less than a $5 savings with an Annual Pass.  This price increase is not limited to just "Hard to Find" items, though.  Even items like polybags, minifigures, and Brickheadz have seen a $1 increase over RRP.

      With this new policy, comes the pledge to reduce pricing back to RRP.  "You should notice we've reduced prices on the Hard to Find items," said one employee this past weekend.  (Although, the Disney Castle is still listed in store at the higher price).
      In my own analysis, LEGOLAND California was most likely losing sales on the Hard to Find items to the non-Annual Passholders.  Without a discount, there's not much need to buy a $385 Castle when you can order it from Shop At Home while you're standing there, and have it waiting for you when you come home from vacation.
      Keep in mind that state tax rates at LEGOLAND California are 7.75%.
      Whether this policy remains in effect during the usual Christmas season passholder double discount sale (20% instead of the usual 10%) remains to be seen.  No word yet on whether this will affect any other promotions that periodically go out to Passholders as well.  For the time being, though, one of the extra special "perks" that were granted to Annual Passholders has been taken away.  Investors that were using that perk as a means to leverage a little extra out of their Annual Pass will have to rethink that purchase when it comes to renew their passes.
      At this point in time, LEGOLAND Florida does not mirror this policy, although they do have a policy of restricting purchases as they see fit.

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