So much news!

Save the date, hints, exhibits and deep dive tours.

Thank you!

On behalf of everyone at Rancho Obi-Wan, THANK YOU for coming to see us at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. It was great to see so many friends and make new ones. Your support there was integral to our continued operation. If you didn’t get to Chicago, we hope to see you at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, August 27-30, 2020 where our exhibit will take you back 40 years to Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Save the dates

June 12-13, 2020 for Return of the Gala!  Friday, the 12th, will be reserved for wine tasting featuring wines from Skywalker Vineyards.  Saturday the 13th, enjoy the long summer day with a barbeque, games, auctions and fun!

This year’s 2019 Fundraiser takes a different turn with an online auction of original art and other items.  More information coming this fall. Hint: DS-1.

Star Wars Day at the Park

Come see us at the San Francisco Giants Star Wars Day at the Park, Sunday, September 15, 2019.  We will have a small exhibit of helmets at the VIP Experience in Triples Alley that starts at 10:35am.  Those attending the VIP event get 3 Giants Star Wars collector’s items! Special tickets are required.

Introducing Deep Dive Tours

This fall we will host a series of themed in-depth experiences here at Rancho Obi-Wan. See things rarely shown in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere.  Tickets go on sale August 7,2019.

Saturday, September 28th, 4pm – Posters with Pete Vilmur
Pete is co-author of The Star Wars Poster Book and has spent years meticulously researching the history of vintage posters.  We will take a look at some of the more interesting, rare, beautiful, silly and bizarre posters from the depths of the flat files.
 
Saturday, October 12th, 4pm – LEGO® with Marc Morita and Caleb Raff
Marc is one of our resident docents, and an expert on all things LEGO. Caleb owns the Brick Hutt in Rohnert Park. We will talk about the history and impact of LEGO on Star Wars collecting, view some MOCs (my own creations), and the rarer items from the vault.

Saturday, November 2nd, 4pm – Vintage Kenner with Dwayne Smith and Mark Huber
Dwayne is one of our resident docents, and an expert on vintage Kenner. Mark Huber is an expert on POTF coins. We will rummage behind the racks for vintage goodies from around the world including action figures, vehicles, and Micro Collection.

Saturday, November 9th, 4pm – Comic Books with Brian Christensen
Brian is owner of Brian’s Comics in Petaluma and was a nominee for the 2019 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.  We will pull a load of significant comics from the secret stash for discussion.
 
Here’s what you can expect to experience on each tour:
  • Each tour is limited to a maximum of 20 attendees. Adults only, 21 years and older.
  • Start with a glass of wine from Skywalker Vineyards, local brew, or sparkling water.
  • Proceed with a museum tour led by Steve Sansweet! Steve will share stories about his collection and his history as a journalist, a collector, Head of Fan Relations at Lucasfilm and President of Rancho Obi-Wan.
  • Enjoy a special presentation on the theme which is not normally covered on regular tours.
  • Relax with a beverage while playing video games or having a casual discussion with the presenters.
  • Be entertained by video clips culled from the depths of the collection.
  • Sit down to dinner featuring Annie’s TexaCali BBQ straight from our R2-BQ smoker. Texas brisket, pulled pork, vegetarian sides and salads, decadent dessert and coffee.
  • Take home a special souvenir.
  • Receive a tax-deductible donation receipt for $150.00 (half of your ticket price is a donation which supports the continued operation of the museum). Many thanks!

The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience at Celebration Chicago April 11-15, 2019 

Evolving schedule for the Rancho Obi-Wan booth:

Thursday, April 11th

3-4pm ROW artist Eric Ehrlich will be signing very limited edition prints of the Rancho Obi-Wan Celebration patch and Member-Only patch one of which will be given to each person who signs up for a Rancho Obi-Wan Membership during this hour. While supplies last.

2:30-4pm Collector’s extraordinaire Gus Lopez and Duncan Jenkins will be signing their books: Gus & Duncan’s Guide to Prototypes, Gus & Duncan’s Guide to Star Wars Collectibles.

Friday, April 12th

3-4pm ROW artist Eric Ehrlich will be signing very limited edition prints of the Rancho Obi-Wan Celebration patch and Member-Only patch one of which will be given to each person who signs up for a Rancho Obi-Wan Membership during this hour. While supplies last.

Saturday, April 13th

11am-1pm Dan Madsen, former Official Star Wars Fan Club President, founder of Star Wars Insider Magazine, Producer of the very first Celebration and Dams Denna from The Phantom Menace is making his first ever convention appearance to help celebrate 20 years of Celebration. Dan is bringing 8x10s and will sign those for $20. He will sign copies of Star Wars Insider magazine and take photos with fans free of charge.

2:30-4pm Collector’s extraordinaire Gus Lopez and Duncan Jenkins will be signing their books: Gus & Duncan’s Guide to Prototypes, Gus & Duncan’s Guide to Star Wars Collectibles.

3-4pm ROW artist Eric Ehrlich will be signing very limited edition prints of the Rancho Obi-Wan Celebration patch and Member-Only patch one of which will be given to each person who signs up for a Rancho Obi-Wan Membership during this hour. While supplies last.

Sunday, April 14th

1-3pm Dan Madsen, former Official Star Wars Fan Club President, founder of Star Wars Insider Magazine, Producer of the very first Celebration and Dams Denna from The Phantom Menace is making his first ever convention appearance to help celebrate 20 years of Celebration. Dan is bringing 8x10s and will sign those for $20. He will sign copies of Star Wars Insider magazine and take photos with fans free of charge.

3-4pm ROW artist Eric Ehrlich will be signing very limited edition prints of the Rancho Obi-Wan Celebration patch and Member-Only patch one of which will be given to each person who signs up for a Rancho Obi-Wan Membership during this hour. While supplies last.

Monday, April 15th

3-4pm ROW artist Eric Ehrlich will be signing very limited edition prints of the Rancho Obi-Wan Celebration patch and Member-Only patch one of which will be given to each person who signs up for a Rancho Obi-Wan Membership during this hour. While supplies last.

Rancho Obi-Wan will be at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, April 11-15, 2019, McCormick Place West, hall F1, booth #5516! The 1,200 square foot exhibit will feature three special displays–come see us!

You will be greeted by a 20-year retrospective on Star Wars Celebration, the first of which was in Denver in May, 1999 and developed by our own Steve Sansweet. 12 conventions later, the expectations, activities and fandom itself has evolved and changed. Take a walk down memory lane or view these items for the first time.

Next, what does it mean to be a female fan of the Saga? How has fem fan expression changed in the decades since 1977? Come see a fun selection of items and collectibles from then and now and learn what makes this subset of fans tick.

Finally, it wouldn’t be an exhibit worthy of our Guinness World Record without a massive display of helmets from the collection here at Rancho Obi-Wan. From the very first licensed helmet by Don Post to high-end collectibles and detailed cosplay replicas, from fan-made to artform, this colorful display will have you mesmerized.

All current supporting Members of Rancho Obi-Wan will be emailed a “lightspeed pass” allowing them to bypass the queue into our exhibit at Celebration.
Don’t wait in line! Become a Member today!

We’ve revamped our merchandise for this convention and are offering a one-time, Spring-fundraising, online, pre-order that ends February 28th, 5pm PST. Items can be picked up at Celebration or they can be shipped to you in May.

Current supporting Members of Rancho Obi-Wan are offered an exclusive patch commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Episode I and featuring Darth Maul.

Support Rancho Obi-Wan–Buy Now!

Rancho Obi-Wan Coming to Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Rancho Obi-Wan will be bringing an exhibit to Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April! See the full story on StarWars.com!

For more information on Star Wars Celebration see StarWarsCelebration.com.

Current supporting members of Rancho Obi-Wan get a line jump pass! Become a member today and save time at the convention.

A pre-order for merchandise is forthcoming and will be announced here. We hope to see you all there!

ROW @ Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017

Rancho Obi-Wan will be exhibiting at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, April 13-16, 2017, booth 2701 near the main entrance to Exhibit Hall B.

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, the Rancho exhibit will create a Star Wars bedroom and play area of the era that kids and fans could only dream about. It will be filled with vintage Star Wars memorabilia from all over the world. Come meet owner Steve Sansweet and get his autograph (always free!)

Supporting Members of Rancho Obi-Wan get a line pass–the ability to enter the booth through the Member-only line. If you are already a Member look for the pass in your email by April 5th. Or become a Member before April 5th and a pass will be emailed to you.

Our goal this convention is to raise $60,000 which will enable ROW to operate through the summer. Rancho Obi-Wan exists on a shoestring budget most of which is spent on insurance, utilities, taxes and fees, protection of the collection and funds to fulfill our own charitable goals.

We are 100% funded by YOU! Without YOU there would be no Rancho Obi-Wan so please give as you can. Here are some ways to support ROW:

Membership
Become a Member of Rancho Obi-Wan. Members get special privileges like a line pass for Celebration, ability to purchase a member-only Celebration patch and the ability to tour Rancho Obi-Wan. As a thank you, you will receive the 2017 Membership kit. This year’s patch features Obi-Wan Kenobi from Episode IV with artwork by Gabe Farber. The $50 donation is 100% tax deductible in the U.S.

Raffle
Win amazing prizes at Celebration! We are holding a raffle and the grand prize is a Ballantine First Edition hard cover Star Wars novelization signed by George Lucas with a certificate of authenticity signed by Steve Sansweet. PLUS, we will draw three tickets every day for a chance to win a Sphero Special Edition Battle-Worn BB-8™ App-Enabled Droid™ with Force Band™, valued at $200 and donated by Sphero! Need not be present to win. Winner will be notified by phone or email and prize will be shipped.

Merchandise


Only Members can purchase this special limited edition Celebration 2017 Patch designed by Curt Hanks.

Celebration 2017 Patch. Artwork courtesy of MJ Hiblen and adapted by Curt Hanks. Our Celebration patch pays tribute to the late Carrie Fisher and Kenny Baker.

The Pre-Order is back! We are doing a print-to-order for hoodies, raglan and scoop-neck shirts to be shipped in May.

We will have all kinds of ROW logo items and Steve’s books for purchase at the booth.

Finally, as a thank you for your support we are giving you a free original Star Wars poster with ANY donation amount or purchase at Star Wars Celebration. Limited to one per person per show, while supplies last. Poster available at our Star Wars Celebration booth only.

Note to Members who are not attending Celebration: both Celebration patches and the pre-order will be available to you through our online store after we return from Orlando.

Steve Sansweet to attend Star Wars Celebration!


Steve will be attending Star Wars Celebration in London July 15-17! Keep an eye out for Steve as he has a super special patch in his backpack. They are £5 each and you can ONLY get this very limited patch from Steve in person at Celebration. Steve and everyone here at ROW appreciates your support!