We are so happy we were able to be a part of the new documentary Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett now on Disney+! Watch in conjunction with the all-new live-action series Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett! Check out some more Boba Fett items from the collection:
From Steve, Anne, and all of us here at Rancho Obi-Wan, thank you for your support in 2021! Stay tuned for announcements on our plans for the New Year and we look forward to seeing you in 2022!
Thank you for watching our Virtual Gala, buying merch from our CustomInk fundraisers, catching up to 10-years of support, becoming new Members, renewing old Memberships, joining our Virtual Museum, filling out paperwork for corporate matching, liking us and sharing on social media, creating Facebook fundraisers, adding us as your charity of choice on Amazon and HumbleBundle, and sending notes of love and support.
With your help, Rancho Obi-Wan is humbled and honored to preserve all aspects of Star Wars fandom for you and future generations. Our mission is to celebrate the Star Wars community, promote Star Wars collecting as a positive hobby, educate and inspire all ages, conserve and interpret Star Wars memorabilia, and provide fun and exciting exhibits that bring joy to everyone.
We hope to see you in the new year!
– Steve & Anne
– Our Directors, Docents & Crew
Join us here on the Virtual Museum to celebrate our 10th anniversary! Make sure you have a current subscription to the Virtual Museum in order to view the video stream.
- If you joined us last year for the Virtual Gala you already have an account here, but you may need to add a Virtual Museum subscription. You can do that by first logging in to your account and then add a Virtual Museum subscription. Reset your password if needed to get in to your account.
- If you have had a Virtual Museum subscription in the past and it is on pause or has been cancelled you can reinstate the Virtual Museum subscription from your account page.
- If you did not join us for last year’s Virtual Gala and you do not have a Virtual Museum subscription, please sign up for a new account. You can pause or cancel anytime.
This year we’re going to spend a lot of time inside the museum showing you some of our favorite things. We’ll also show some typical behind-the-scenes projects.
Have a question? This week, please Tweet @RanchoObiWan your question using #askROW for a chance to have your question answered by the Rancho Obi-Wan team.
And let’s do a “reverse” scavenger hunt! Can Steve find it? This week, please Tweet @RanchoObiWan an item you would like Steve to find in the museum using #ScoutingWithSteve
There will be no auction this year, but we will have some merchandise available via CustomInk through November 1st.
Finally, this is a fundraiser and we really appreciate your help.
There are many ways to support us:
- Become a Member or renew your Membership
- Are you a past or present Member and want to catch up to 10 years? Contact us for your specific PayPal link.
- New to ROW? Donate for the entire 10 years at once. It’s like you were here from the beginning!
- Donate any amount
- Shop on Amazon? Use smile.amazon.com and choose Rancho Obi-Wan as your designated charity.
- Sell on eBay? Donate a portion of your sales to Rancho Obi-Wan.
- Pay with PayPal? You can add $1 or more with your purchases via the PayPal Giving Fund.
- Do you shop on HumbleBundle.com? You can choose or change the charity on the product page to Rancho Obi-Wan!
- In-kind donations that we can auction also help. Contact us to tell us what you have.
- Many employers will match your monetary donations. Just send your charity administrator a receipt!
We’re super excited to share the museum with you. See you soon!
A year ago today we lost a dear friend. Jon Farmer was the quintessential Star Wars fan. He was enthusiastic, creative, kind, giving, helpful and selfless. If you also loved Star Wars (or any other great movie), he loved you. If you needed help with a costume, he was there to assist. If you needed anything at all, he would try to provide. He was an exemplary volunteer for Rancho Obi-Wan and he loved Steve and our mission. He was all in. He wanted everyone to feel the fun of The Force.
Jono was a fellow Texan. Listening to his soft-spoken drawl was like being wrapped in a warm blanket. He attended The University of Texas and studied Architecture several years before I arrived there. He used that knowledge in everything that he created for the Star Wars universe. Once, when he was back living in Dallas, he mailed me not one, but FOUR 6-packs of Shiner beer. Why? Because that’s what Jono did. He wanted you to know he was thinking of you.
The last time I saw Jono was in December, 2019. He took my Mom and me to Disneyland to show us all his work on Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. He was so proud of being a Disney Imagineer. It was truly his dream job. But even before this coveted employment he had a long string of credits that were envy-worthy. He worked with Dave Filoni on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, before that he worked on Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. And before that he worked at Pixar. I once asked him what he did for Toy Story 2. “Remember that scene where Al the toy collector drops the bowl of Cheetos all over the floor? I did the Cheetos.” Jon was hilarious and had a jolly Santa-Claus-like chuckle. His smile still fills my heart.
I asked some friends to tell us about their Jono. Here is what they said:
All my friends are so excited!
Fun and joy fills the air.
Everyone is psyched!
Like little kids in a galaxy far away.
Force is strong. Collective energy soars higher.
I can feel it, and so can you.
Because Jono’s here!Stew L.
He was a huge supporter of Rancho and made sure that he was always available to help out at the Galas. Many of of us spent hours “working” together there and had so many wonderful times. He also planned his Star Wars Celebration trips around working for Rancho. He would get there early to help unpack and stay later to help pack it all back up. This is something that suited him so well because he was always in such high spirits and so approachable.John S.
All of us at Rancho Obi-Wan have been thinking of our Gala supporters this weekend. It would have been our 8th annual Gala fundraiser on Saturday and we missed seeing you all here. We look forward to celebrating with you next year. Thank you all, take care of yourselves, see you soon.
For Star Wars Corp., Charley was VP of Advertising, Publicity, Promotion & Merchandising and was largely responsible for the Marvel Star Wars comic books and, with 20th Century Fox, the Kenner Products contract that revolutionized toys and helped make George Lucas an independent filmmaker. Charley was generous with his time and gave a long interview to Rancho’s Steve Sansweet for the groundbreaking 1992 book, Star Wars: From Concept to Screen to Collectible. The Force will be with him…always!
Every day is Star Wars day at Rancho Obi-Wan! We hope you all find joy in immersing yourselves in Star Wars.
Guinness World Records has created a special treat for you today with a 17 minute walk-though of the museum with Steve Sansweet.
And at 2pm PST today Steve Sansweet will show off his “art figure” collection on the Scum & Villainy 24 hour live stream.
From Steve, Anne, and all the docents and volunteers at Rancho Obi-Wan, have a fantastic day!