Behind the Scenes: Jawa Sandcrawler Tread

By Michael McMaster In early 2014 the R2 Builders Club began planning the photo op for the 2015 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. The original concept was a ten foot wide Sandcrawler tread section, with a few droids placed in front of it. I began welding the internal steel structure in the fall of 2014. The idea was to create the center of the Sandcrawler, where the large droid "suction tube" was located. By late December of 2014, I decided to go ahead and build one entire tread section, which was to scale with the original prop and stood 12 feet tall and 36 feet long.

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Behind the Scenes: Cleaning out the back barn

No matter how small or large your collection, we all have the same problems: too much saved packaging, storage problems, rodent problems, projects left for later. Sometimes you just need to clean, clean, clean and feel good about it.

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Behind the Scenes: Celebration Helmet Exhibit Creation

When we came up with the concept for a "wall of helmets" we didn't know exactly how to pull it off. I knew that our exhibit booth was made of slat-wall and I knew there existed hangers for baseball caps, but those hangers weren't long enough or tall enough and what if the weight of the helmets brought the wall down!?

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Behind the Scenes: Library Before/After

The library at Rancho Obi-Wan is a favorite place for many. It started with the original novelization, then other stories. There are coloring books, guides, audio books, music, cook books, biographies, programs, scripts, trivia books, yearbooks and so, so much more. Below is just a little glimpse of the library's evolution between 1998 and today.

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Behind The Scenes: The Grand Re-Opening of Rancho Obi-Wan

On November 5th, 2011 Rancho Obi-Wan officially re-opened after being closed for over a year and a half to construct an Expansion, but now as non-profit. See below for a selection of behind-the-scenes moments.          

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Behind the Scenes: Circa 2006

Having trouble getting your collection under control? Boxes everywhere? Overwhelm setting in? You're not alone and it's completely natural. It happens to everyone. And I mean EVERYONE. Here are some photos circa 2006, just after I arrived to help Steve get organized. -Anne

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Behind the Scenes: Don’t touch the rocket!

Actor, writer, producer Seth Green is, of course, a huge Star Wars fan. He has visited Rancho Obi-Wan more than once along with others (including producing partner Matt Senreich) from his Stoopid Buddy Stoodios production company (formerly Stoopid Monkey) in Southern California. It’s hard to forget the Star Wars bits on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken along with the three special episodes that were parodies of the original trilogy movies. Remember the “commercial” for Admiral Ackbar cereal?

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Behind the Scenes: Anne’s one year update circa 2007

Once upon a time I was a contributor to Rebelscum.com. I'm still buddies with those folks and they might get a kick out of this Behind the Scenes peek. I found an email I wrote to them in February, 2007, one year after I arrived to catalog the collection. It provides a fascinating look at the day to day life here THREE years before Steve and I even thought of a nonprofit. Here is the email word for word along with the photos.

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