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.

Rancho Obi-Wan Curates Displays For Toys “R” Us Midnight Opening Event

Destination: Star Wars
Rancho Obi-Wan has curated a display of dozens of carefully selected pieces of Star Wars memorabilia for Toys “R” Us that will go on display in connection with the chain’s epic Destination: Star Wars program worldwide, culminating in Midnight opening at 12:01 AM Sept. 4.

The 25 separate memorabilia displays will be on public view at the company’s international flagship store in New York City, Toys “R” Us Times Square, from Wednesday Aug. 26 through Monday Sept. 7.

Kenner Early Bird Kit
“We’re thrilled to be working with Toys “R” Us, especially since so many of the items on display were originally purchased from its stores and many still have the original price tags,” said Steve Sansweet, chief executive and president of Rancho Obi-Wan, the non-profit museum that houses the Guinness World Record-certified largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia.

In addition, Sansweet and Star Wars artist Jeff Carlisle will both appear at the Times Square store on Thursday Sept. 3 in conjunction with numerous activities leading to the midnight debut of toys based on the next chapter of the Star Wars Saga.

Sansweet is scheduled for a meet and greet and book signing at 2 PM and Carlisle is scheduled at 11 AM for a meet and greet and Star Wars art class. Both will also take part in a panel discussion for select lucky fans, which will also be livestreamed via Periscope @Toysrus on Twitter. See the Toys “R” Us website for a full schedule of events along with a list of many of the Rancho items covering all six live-action movies that will be on display. For more information see the full press release.

Celebrate Star Wars Day, May the 4th, At Lagunitas with Rancho Obi-Wan


May the 4th “Star Wars” Day
Fundraiser for Rancho Obi-Wan
@ Lagunitas TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary
1280 N. McDowell Blvd.
Monday, May 4, 2015 5:30pm-8:30pm
$20 Adult Donation at the Door
(Kids age 12 & Under Free)

May the 4th (as in “May the Force be with you!”) has become a fan-inspired “holiday” for Star Wars fans worldwide. Excitement is building as the first new Star Wars film in a decade, The Force Awakens, will premiere December 18th.

On Monday, May the 4th, Rancho Obi-Wan will host a fundraising event at the Lagunitas Brewing Company’s TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary in Petaluma. All proceeds from the door and sales of beer and soda go to support Rancho Obi-Wan’s mission of Inspiration!

Lagunitas frequently teams with schools and non-profit groups in the community to help them raise funds. Every year Rancho Obi-Wan gives free tours to schools and youth groups and donates thousands of dollars in tours to other charities.

All money raised for Rancho Obi-Wan is used for insurance, utilities, professional services, maintenance on the buildings, and protection and preservation of the collection. None is ever used to acquire collectibles.

Bring the family! Fun includes:

  • Snacks, beverages for purchase, music, and Star Wars in Pop Culture videos.
  • Photo opportunities with Star Wars costumed characters including Stormtroopers and Darth Vader and even a life-sized Jabba the Hutt!
  • Raffle prizes: Top prize is a birthday party for 10 at Rancho Obi-Wan!
  • Silent auction featuring Star Wars toys and collectibles for all ages.
  • Look for high-end and rare items on our simultaneous eBay Auction starting at Noon PST on May the 4th.