Rancho Obi-Wan to Exhibit at Celebration Anaheim

Rancho Obi-Wan (ROW), home of the world’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia, will have a special exhibit at Celebration Anaheim that focuses on fan passion and creativity over nearly 38 years. It will be ROW’s third trip to a Celebration, each time with a different selection of items from a collection estimated to contain nearly 500,000 different items. In addition, Rancho will have an expanded tour schedule both before and after Celebration to accommodate fans visiting the West coast. (See the tour availability calendar and forward to next April and May.)

“I’ve been a part of Star Wars fandom from the beginning,” says Steve Sansweet, Rancho’s president. “And to me, one of the things that set us apart from other large franchises is the skill and creativity of passionate fans worldwide. I’ve been collecting fan-made objects and art from the beginning, and they all have their own stories to tell.”

Rancho Obi-Wan’s Celebration Experience will be in a 900-square-foot space on the main exhibit floor and contain around 300 separate items including a hand-carved, jointed AT-AT using nails for chin guns, and an amazing piece of original string art backed by velvet, both treasures from the early 1980s. Fan-made piñatas, lightsabers, hand-embroidered jackets, costumes and even a painted chair rescued from a scrap heap also will be displayed.

“We’ll have a good selection of toy and other prototypes, some props, and rare manufactured items too,” Sansweet says. “But Star Wars has triggered so much creativity—even careers—that we want to focus on the uniqueness of the Star Wars fan culture as we approach a new era for Star Wars and for fandom.”

ROW to be at Super7 in San Francisco May the Fourth!

super7Steve and I will be down in the Haight tomorrow to celebrate Star Wars day. We will have a small exhibit of collectibles, be selling memberships and Steve will be signing copies of his most recent books. A host of other May the 4th Be With You activities and exhibits will be in the store as well, come by and share your love of Star Wars! More information at Super7store.com.

Saturday, May the 4th
11am – 7pm
Super7 Store
1427 Haight Street

The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience at Celebration Europe!

The Rancho Obi-Wan ExperienceThe Rancho Obi-Wan Experience, a specially-selected group of Star Wars memorabilia from the world’s largest private collection, will be part of the activities at Star Wars Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany July 26th to 28th.

“We had a great time introducing Rancho Obi-Wan to thousands of fans at Celebration VI in Orlando last year, and are thrilled to be invited to share the experience with fans and collectors in Europe this year,” says Steve Sansweet, owner of the collection and president of the nonprofit Rancho Obi-Wan Inc.

Not only will fans at Celebration Europe be able to see this first-time exhibition of Rancho Obi-Wan outside of the United States, they will be able to meet the world-renowned Star Wars fan and author behind the collection as well. Sansweet will be present in the Rancho Obi-Wan exhibit much of the time to greet fans, and is scheduled to take part in programming at the show. This will be a rare treat for fans at Celebration Europe.

See the official announcement on StarWars.com