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to benefit Rancho Obi-Wan!

Fundraiser for Rancho Obi-Wan
Saturday, October 5, 2024
Museum of Pop Culture
325 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

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We invite you to join us for our first Fundraiser since 2018–and our first ever fundraiser outside Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma, CA! Your support enables us to preserve this very special collection for you and generations to come.

Sweet Pick’n Vintage Market Spring Fundraiser!

Come see us at Sweet Pick’n Vintage Market in Petaluma on Sunday, March 24th, for our first fundraiser of the Spring!

We will be selling duplicate Star Wars toys from our collection and much more.

 Sweet Pick’n is a unique marketplace for vintage collectors of all kinds and will feature over 50 vendors. 

We are excited to be part of this event in our local community and invite you to join us.

Sweet Pick’n Vintage Market

Veterans Memorial Hall

1094 Petaluma Blvd South

Petaluma, California


Steve Sansweet Has More Answers for Your #AskSteve Questions Pt 2

Steve Sansweet has more answers for your #AskSteve questions submitted via our social media channels in March!


The collection contains many rare Japanese items, many acquired through my long time friend and fellow collector Sword Takeda. A sealed cup of Star Wars branded rice snacks or a similar package of bread sticks, both from 1978 come to mind. Among my favorites: over 20 posters, including mini billboards, of a Panasonic ad campaign only in Japan from the late 1980s featuring Star Wars characters AND George Lucas himself. – Steve Sansweet

See more about some of the Japanese Star Wars collectibles at Rancho Obi-Wan! 



There are hundreds, maybe thousands of great stories attached to items at Rancho Obi-Wan. That’s why a guided tour takes several hours. Visitors love to hear how something was developed, manufactured, acquired and any associated stories. There’s always the tale of how I picked up Qui-Gon Jinn’s soul—or sole, as the case may be—but you’ll need to book a tour to hear that one! – Steve Sansweet

Other remains of Qui-Gon Jinn

Come take a tour to hear all the stories! 


Wow! We’re getting a little heavy and philosophical here. I don’t know of anyone who has figured out how to take anything with them when they pass. My first assistant, Josh Ling, once answered a more ghoulish message board question by suggesting that I’d be laid out in the middle of the museum and it would be imploded around me. But the collection and spirit of Rancho Obi-Wan will last a long time into the future. – Steve Sansweet


We’ll have more answers to your questions coming soon!

Be sure to check out answers to #AskSteve Pt 1

Steve Sansweet Has Answers for your #AskSteve Social Media Questions Pt 1

Did you #AskSteve a question

We recently posted on our social media channels if you would like to ask Steve Sansweet a question? 🤔
Tons of you submitted questions for the opportunity to get an answer from our Executive Chairman and Founder.
We have randomly selected questions and have some of your answers now from Steve himself!

Glad to hear that The Ultimate Action Figure Collection was one of your favorites. It was a lot of work to plan, research all the figures and do the photography. All of us involved were thrilled with how it turned out! But the market for Star Wars collectibles books is largely being filled these days with amazing self-published books by worldwide collectors. I’m not currently involved in any new publishing projects. – Steve Sansweet



The most unique and rarest Star Wars action figure that was available for purchase was a figure of Vlix, a crime lord from the animated Droids television series. Kenner Products never produced it or other Droids characters in a planned second wave because the first wave didn’t sell well and the series only ran one season in the mid 1980s. But for some reason, Brazilian affiliate Glasslite produced a Vlix in relatively low numbers in 1987. On a card, it’s worth its weight in gold. – Steve Sansweet



Fifty to 100 years? I’d be happy to solidify a plan for five to 10 years out. And our great board of directors is working on a strategic plan that could see a new kind of museum experience in that time frame. A lot of variables all have to go the right way, but we’re all firm believers in that old Kenner Products marketing slogan: Star Wars is forever!- Steve Sansweet

Stay tuned for more #AskSteve answers (and photos) coming soon!

We discovered a rare Star Wars poster in our collection!

Steve Sansweet with rare Star Wars poster discovered in our collection.

While cataloguing our poster collection, we discovered a rare Star Wars poster!  Watch the video below to see Steve Sansweet explain why this poster from The Empire Strikes Back  is so special.

Read more below about what Steve Sansweet had to say about this finding rare poster!

This is a pre-press color separation used to make the four offset printing plates that were used to print the Style A theatrical poster for The Empire Strikes Back. It’s also familiarly known as the “Gone with the Wind” poster since—at George Lucas’s request—it’s an homage to a 1966 re-release poster of that famous film.

The Empire poster is from 1980 and was painted by American artist Roger Kastel, who is also responsible for the iconic theatrical poster for Jaws.

There usually would only be one color separation made for each print location. It, and the first test proofs produced, would be carefully checked by the printers and the movie studio for any problems before proceeding to print several thousand copies to distribute to theaters.

I have no recollection of where, when or how I acquired this rare treasure. It’s not unusual for me to make the most amazing “finds” by searching through my own collection since I’ve been collecting Star Wars memorabilia for 45 years! – Steve Sansweet

Collection of Star Wars Prints from Rancho Obi-Wan are featured at Petaluma Arts Center

Petaluma Arts Center exhibit with Steve Sansweet and the curator Lisa Demetrios.

A collection of Star Wars prints from Rancho Obi-Wan are featured at the Petaluma Arts Center. The Petaluma Collects exhibition displays what members of our local community collect.  Our founder, Steve Sansweet, was invited to be part of this exhibit. We are excited to share Steve’s story of collecting with everyone!

A collection of Star Wars prints from Rancho Obi-Wan, and entire Petaluma Collects exhibition, can be viewed at the Petaluma Arts Center now through March 11, 2023.


Steve Sansweet at Petaluma Arts Center with the curator Lisa Demetrios. Petaluma Arts Center exhibit with Steve Sansweet and the curator Lisa Demetrios. Petaluma Collects Exhibit Steve Sansweet featured at Petaluma Collects Exhibit

Rancho Obi-Wan Presents: The Saga Museum Vol 1

Rancho Obi-Wan presents The Saga Museum Vol 1 debuted in August of 2022. This was a live stream fundraiser event on our Facebook page that featured a deep dive into portions of the Star Wars collections of Steve Sansweet, Gus Lopez, Duncan Jenkins, and Vic Wertz & Lisa Stevens.
We are excited to now share video of The Saga Museum Vol 1 here in our Virtual Museum!

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