Inspired by The Force: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection

The process of gathering data for Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection was both tedious and long. Writing the book had it's own challenges with unique fixes.
 
 

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Inspired by the Force: 1,000 Collectibles

In early 2007 Abrams approached Lucasfilm for Steve to write a "365 days of collectibles" type book. Using the photos taken by Alex Ivanov as a foundation talks began on how the book would look. Eventually the project was to mimic the book Rolling Stone 1,000 Covers: A History of the Most Influential Magazine in Pop Culture.
 

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Inspired by the Force: The Photos of Alex Ivanov

Once upon a time, in mid-2006, DK Books approached Steve to write a Star Wars collectibles book for them. They envisioned a book with a photo of nearly everything in the collection (!!) with a price-guide format. They hired Alex Ivanov, former photographer for Industrial Light & Magic, for a total of 35 days expecting him to be able to photograph a majority of the collection during that time. It was not meant to be.

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The Power of the Patch

Rancho Obi-Wan Original Gold PatchThe Star Wars collector community knows no bounds. People collect everything from action figures to autographs, art prints to coins, but my favorite of all the collecting genre is patches. If you weren’t a patch collector before reading this, I hope that by the time you’re through you might want to snag your first. After all, patch traders are nothing without people to trade with. So what is it about patches? Well, it's not just one thing, it's many.

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Lucasfilm and Pinewood Studios Propshop Launch New Line of Screen-like Prop Relicas

DSC02690Unveiling Finn’s helmet—from the most authentic line of prop replicas ever made. Rancho Obi-Wan is proud to take part in the unveiling of a new line that comes as close to screen-used props as possible. Thanks to Lucasfilm, we’re excited to add to our collection this incredible FN-2187 Stormtrooper helmet with bloody handprint, part of the Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition line. It’s as close to a screen-used prop as you can buy.

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Topps Digital Star Wars Cards: A Surprisingly Fun Experience

I have to admit that at first I was dubious. I’ve been collecting Topps STAR WARS™ cards since the first set started showing up with slabs of gum in 1977. My love of cards goes back even further to collecting baseball and non-sports card when I was growing up. But buying and collecting digital STAR WARS cards from Topps?

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You Can Read This Blog with Me; Move Along When You Hear R2-D2 Beep!

By Jamie Greene

Maybe I can listen along with R2-D2
Maybe I can listen along with R2-D2

This is my Star Wars blog. You can read along with me in your book. You’ll know it is time to turn the page when you hear R2-D2 beep like this.

Let’s begin now.

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I Lost My Chewie

By Stephane Faucourt

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I was 5 years old in 1977, a bit too young (especially at that time) to see Star Wars in theaters – but like many 5-year-old boys, I was instantly hooked. When the toys hit the market I became the luckiest kid on earth when my parents bought me the complete set of 12 four-inch-tall action figures at the nearby superstore. Among these original figures, Chewbacca was my favorite – not because I had a preference for his role in the movie, but for the toy itself.

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Happy Life Day—For the 36th Time; Now Go Out and Collect Something!

Yep! We're giving a shout-out to the sadly misguided Star Wars Holiday Special. Why? Because as fans of all things Star Wars, we think every aspect of that faraway galaxy is worthy of some love, even if that means tough love. And with the Holiday Special turning 36 today, we thought it deserved a bit of charitable coverage, seeing as how it’s responsible for one more holiday on the Star Wars calendar: Life Day, a sort of saga analog to a combination of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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The Slug Years: The Life and Times of an Intergalactic Gangster

By Brian Anderson
TK-7602, 501st Legion

Jabba and friends at Celebration VI, 2012
Jabba and friends at Celebration VI, 2012

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….

Wow! It really was a long time ago: hard to believe that we started this project more than seven years ago! And now the Big Slug will be the star of the second annual Rancho Obi-Wan Gala on Sept. 20th! (Get tickets now!)

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