Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Clone Wars Season 4 Episode 12 Review

Hello and welcome back to another exciting  The Clone Wars review! This review is a little late I know, but it is a busy time of the year for all. And seeing that The Clone Wars is now on break (unlike some of us), the late posting shouldn’t impact too much. Okay, with the announcements out of the way, let’s talk about the episode! This week we’ll be discussing the second installment in the “slave” arc with Slaves of the Republic! In this episode, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and Rex travel to Zygerria in order to find the missing colonists, who have been taken into slavery.

Slaves of the Republic felt greatly refreshing after the dark events on Umbara. It felt like a classic Jedi adventure that we didn’t see much of in the movies. What I mean by that nothing galaxy shattering went on, like winning a major battle, or destroying an evil empire, this was an adventure that placed the Jedi in the roles they were supposed to be, keepers of the peace, and upholders of justice. Fighting for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Also, we get to see some very cool battle scenes, such as Anakin and Obi-Wan fighting off a dozen Zygerrian guards (who have lightning whips) in a giant arena. One thing that I thought was strange about this episode was that the roles of Obi-Wan and Anakin seemed to be swapped. Now we have Anakin as the diplomat, and Obi-Wan as the one who does the tough work. I thought this was good, it gave us the opportunity to see Anakin’s inner character more when he’s talking with the Queen, rather than if he had been in battle. Also, Anakin’s smooth talking skills? This shows growth in Anakin since The Attack of the Clones.

I’d like to discuss the Queen as a villain, and how Anakin reacts to her. I think it’s interesting how this is set up. We have Anakin, whose past has given him a hatred for slavers, yet here he is making conversation with the Queen of a slave empire. Like I said before about the roles of Obi-Wan and Anakin being swapped, it’s also strange from a character perspective as well. You would think that Obi-Wan would’ve gone to be diplomatic with the Queen, seeing as Anakin’s past would’ve gotten in the way of successfully infiltrating here inner circle, especially since Anakin has trouble keeping his emotions in check. But on the other hand, the Queen isn’t what she seems either. She is definitely not your conventional villain, at least not on the surface. She has not shown a great deal of hostility toward Anakin himself, but certainly Obi-Wan and Ahsoka. You could almost say that at times she’s kind to Anakin, and legitimately interested in getting to know the Jedi. Even promising to let his friends go if he volunteered to stay. Could it be actual feelings on the part of our villain, or convincing manipulation? I think this is what intrigues me the most about this arc, and certainly the highlight of the episode.

All in all, this was another good episode! There was action, the great design of Zygerria, and character development, lots and lots of character development going on. It left off at an awesome cliff hanger and I can’t wait to see how our characters will get out of the situation! Alright, there are no more episodes for a few weeks, so until then, let us know what you thought of this episode, thanks for reading, and may the Force be with you…always!

-Ryan

 

Rancho Obi-Wan Tour and Membership Details

We are so visiting this when we get the chance!

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Rancho Obi-Wan (ROW) is a non-profit Star Wars™ memorabilia museum on the outskirts of winecountry in Sonoma County, California, just a 50-minute drive north of San Francisco. It is an eye-popping, wonder-inducing, interactive experience for fans of the saga of all ages and from all over the world. Recently remodeled, its nearly 9,000 square feet of space houses 35 years of Star Wars treasures from all over the world, from movie-used props to tubes of toothpaste, from hundreds of works of art to thousands of posters, from every action figure and vehicle ever made to fan-created piñatas.

Now, for the first time, every fan can take an active role in supporting the mission of Rancho Obi-Wan, and also arrange a tour of the collection led by the man who assembled it all, Steve Sansweet, subject to certain conditions (see Information and Policies section below). Steve, author of 14 StarWars books and for 15 years Lucasfilmʼs Ambassador to Star Wars fans everywhere, has a storehouse of knowledge about the hundreds of thousands items in the collection, and spins delightful, often amazing, stories during tours.

Public support is vital to the mission of Rancho Obi-Wan: to educate and inspire using the collection, the Star Wars phenomenon, and people connected with or influenced by the saga. Fans can join Rancho Obi-Wan at one of the various membership levels, visit the collection, make a donation to support its ongoing activities, or rent the museum for events ranging from business meetings to weddings.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS

$35 Initiate
• Quarterly email newsletter with the latest news about ROW
• Mailed welcome letter from Steve Sansweet
• Exclusive Charter Membership card
• Exclusive 2012 Charter Member patch
• $30 discount towards tour-level membership within a year of purchase

$75 Apprentice
• Quarterly email newsletter with the latest news about ROW
• Mailed welcome letter from Steve Sansweet
• Exclusive Charter Membership card
• Exclusive 2012 Charter Member patch
• A Rancho Obi-Wan T-shirt
• $30 discount towards tour-level membership within a year of purchase

$200 Knight
• One tour of Rancho Obi-Wan for 2 people led by Steve Sansweet. Both will get:
• Quarterly email newsletter with the latest news about ROW
• Mailed welcome letter from Steve Sansweet
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• Exclusive Charter Membership card
• Exclusive 2012 Charter Member patch
• A 10% discount on all ROW merchandise
• Up to two additional guests can accompany the tour at $120 each.

$600 Master
• One tour of Rancho Obi-Wan for up to 5 people led by Steve Sansweet. Each guest will get:
• Quarterly email newsletter with the latest news about ROW
• Mailed welcome letter from Steve Sansweet
• Exclusive Charter Membership card
• Exclusive 2012 Charter Member patch
• A 10% discount on all ROW merchandise
• Name recognition in newsletter for each guest
• Up to four additional guests can accompany the tour at $130 each.

$1,300 Grand Master
• One tour of Rancho Obi-Wan for up to 10 people led by Steve Sansweet. Each guest will get:
• Quarterly email newsletter with the latest news about ROW
• Mailed welcome letter from by Steve Sansweet
• Exclusive Charter Membership card
• Exclusive 2012 Charter Member patch
• A 10% discount on all ROW merchandise
• Name recognition in newsletter for each guest or for the group
• Up to nine additional guests can accompany the tour at $140 each.
PLUS: In addition to the items above, ROW is planning members-only events, other special activities,
and exclusive merchandise. Details will be sent to members.

EVENTS WITH TOURS

Rancho Obi-Wan has space for you to host small to medium-sized events. These can include business meetings, brainstorming sessions, video screenings, catered lunches or dinners, receptions, weddings, birthday parties for youngsters or adults, retirement parties, anniversaries, and other special celebrations or events.

Depending on the size of the event and lead time, some of the following services will be required or can be arranged: catering, cake or other special dessert, floral, photography, videography, tents & tables, beverage service, portable toilets, shuttle buses, invitations, goody bags, sheriffʼs security, and marriage ceremony. (Steve has been the officiant at a number of marriages. Please ask us for details about having him perform your ceremony.)

The Events with Tours consist of a regular tour of Rancho Obi-Wan led by Steve Sansweet, followed by a member-hosted reception or event after the tour at the memberʼs expense. Each guest will receive an Initiate membership and name recognition in the newsletter for each guest or for the group. The cost of the Events with Tours is based on staffing to handle the given number of guests for a period of around four to five hours. Rancho Obi-Wan staff have the ability to plan and provide a turn-key event by taking care of all planning and details in consultation with the host, who is responsible for paying all outside costs related to the event.

The cost levels are:

• Up to 20 guests, $3,000

• Up to 40 guests, $6,000

• Up to 60 guests, $10,200

• Up to 80 guests, $13,600

• Up to 100 guests, $17,000

• Maximum 120 guests, $20,400

DONATIONS

We count on the generosity of fellow fans, foundations, and public and private companies to help us reach our goals including Rancho Obi-Wanʼs educational and creative activities, its gifts of tours to other non-profits and charitable fund-raisers, its public outreach, and the maintenance of the building and collection. All donations will be tax deductible once the IRS grants our 501(c)(3) status, which we expect in the first half of 2012.

We are creating and will prominently display a Rancho Obi-Wan “Wall of Stars” to honor our donors. The wall will have donorsʼ names on permanent plaques and stars depending on the level ofdonation. These are:

$150 Friend of ROW

$500 ROW Sponsor

$1,000 ROW Benefactor

$5,000 ROW Angel

$10,000 ROW Patron

·Gift certificates are available to purchase for any level of donation.

· All donors will receive a handsome certificate attesting to their level of donation.

· All donors at the Benefactor and above levels will receive a customized Lucite star as arecognition gift and have their names prominently listed in email newsletters.

· There are also customized naming and other opportunities at higher levels of donations.

· ROW will accept donations of newly-produced merchandise from licensees in return forplacement and other marketing opportunities.

· The staff at Rancho Obi-Wan is available to discuss these and other ideas with you.

INFORMATION AND POLICIES

Steve Sansweet-led Tours

Steve plans to lead every tour confirmed by Rancho Obi-Wan. In the event that professional obligations cause Steveʼs absence, ROW will inform guests at the earliest possible time, but no later than a week prior to the planned tour. In the event of illness or an Act of God, ROW will inform guests as soon as it has that information. The guest(s) will then have the option to take the tour given by another guide, reschedule at no penalty within 12 months, or get a full refund.

Tour Policies

Rancho Obi-Wan is not open to the general public except through reserved membership tours. It is housed on private property in a rural-residential neighborhood outside Petaluma, California. Please be considerate of our neighbors by not arriving early for your tour. Parking on the street is not permitted; walking there is dangerous because of the narrow road. Limited parking is available inside the ROW gates by previous arrangement and only at the time of your tour.

Tours are about 2 hours in length and include many photographic opportunities and some time to spend in both the game arcade and at the ROW General Store, stocked with exclusive logo merchandise. Questions, photographs, and video are allowed and encouraged. Each child under 13 leaves with a treat from the toy box! Payment is due when the tour is booked.

• Tours and events must be scheduled within a year of purchase.

• All guests must submit their names, mailing addresses, and email and phone numbers in advance.

• No unaccompanied children under the age of 13.

• One supervising adult is required for every four children under the age of 13.

• We do not guarantee admission and have the right to refuse entry to anyone.

• Tours can be cancelled up to three days in advance and be rescheduled within 12 months.

• Please call if you are going to be late for your tour.• Please do not arrive early for your tour.

• All bags and coats must be checked at the door.• You must follow your tour guide through the museum.

• There is no running or rough-housing in the museum.

• Please do not touch or pick up any item in the collection unless handed to you by your guide.

• You are responsible for any damage you cause to the collection or the building.

• Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc. is not liable for injuries or losses over which it has no control.

• No food or drink allowed, except during events.

Privacy Policy

Rancho Obi-Wan uses Constant Contact to send email newsletters and other related information. Your email address is kept private and you may unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your address or use it for any purpose other than to communicate with you about Rancho Obi-Wan. All Information, prices and policies are subject to change without notice. For more information email info@ranchoobiwan.org. Rancho Obi-Wan is a proprietary term used under authorization. Star Wars™ and all associated property ©2011 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ® or ™. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
For more info on Rancho Obi-Wan visit their website or contact them at  info@ranchoobiwan.org

Rancho Obi-Wan Becomes Non-profit!

 

RANCHO OBI-WAN BECOMES

CALIFORNIA NONPROFIT PUBLIC-BENEFIT CORPORATION

INSPIRED BY THE FORCE OF IMAGINATION

 

Petaluma, CA—December 15, 2011—RANCHO OBI-WAN (ROW), home of the largest privately held Star Wars™ collection in the world, is now a California nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition, and interpretation of Star Wars memorabilia.

Fans can now play an active part at Rancho Obi-Wan by getting memberships, taking tours, planning events, and making donations. “The best part of Star Wars for me has been getting to meet and become friends with thousands of enthusiastic fans all over the world,” says collection owner, Steve Sansweet, who is President and Chief Executive Officer of Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc. “The saga has become a multigenerational touchstone of popular culture worldwide, and one role of the museum and its outreach program is to show how that happened.”

Sansweet started collecting before the movie premiered in May, 1977. The collection is estimated to contain over 200,000 items and is constantly growing. Newly remodeled, the museum’s nearly 9,000 square feet houses 35 years of Star Wars treasures.

Fans can join ROW at one of the various membership levels: Initiate ($35), Apprentice ($75), Knight ($200), Master ($600), or Grand Master ($1,300). Three of the membership levels allow fans to tour the collection with host Steve Sansweet; they can also rent the museum for events ranging from business meetings to weddings. (The museum is not open to the general public except through reserved membership tours.) All annual members will get an exclusive membership kit along with a quarterly email newsletter. ROW is also planning members-only events and other special activities.

Individuals and companies will be able to make donations to help with ROW‘s educational and creative activities, its gifts of tours to other non-profits and charitable fund-raisers, its public outreach, and the maintenance of the building and collection. These contributors will be recognized on a “Wall of Stars” at ROW

Full information on membership, events, and donations are in the accompanying document. Further information can be found at http://www.RanchoObiWan.org. Follow ROW on Twitter @RanchoObiWan and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RanchoObiWan. For specific questions please contact: info@RanchoObiWan.Org.

 

Rancho Obi-Wan is a proprietary term used under authorization.

Star Wars™ and all associated property ©2011 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ® or ™.

All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

 

The Rise and Fall of Anakin Skywalker Pt.2 – TWL #6

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In Episode 6 of the Wampa’s Lair, Jason and Karl complete their discussion of the Rise and Fall of Anakin Skywalker with the help of special guest host, Matt Krienke of the Sarlacc Pit! Sit down and enjoy as they discuss Anakin’s dark deeds in Revenge of the Sith leading to his fall from grace and the events in the Original Trilogy which lead to his redemption. Tune in as they discuss the results of last show’s lightsaber match-up between Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu as well!

 

 

If Han Solo Died… – SWR #24

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Welcome back to The Star Wars Report!

Guess what! WE HAD NO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES!!! I’M SO HAPPY! WOOT!

During this episode of The Star Wars Report, Riley, Bethany and Mark discuss a number of news stories.

Will The Old Republic threaten the revenue of World of Warcraft?

Also, George Lucas gives his autograph to help little Princess Leah, the baby girl we’ve spoken of before.

Thank you Toy Hutt for sponsoring this episode! Check out their site, and their awesome collectibles! This week, we admired a holographic Princess Leia, and talked about some of their new toys!

And, take a look at some recently unearthed story board art for The Empire Strikes Back!

Hah, Obi-Wan looks like Gandalf!

Geek is Awesome posted an old interview with some of the original trilogy actors, and it reveals a very different set of plans for how Star Wars prequels/sequels could have gone….

We welcomed special guest Nathan Butler on the show to talk about a new podcast he’ll be doing for the Star Wars Report! It’s called Star Wars Beyond the Films, stay tuned for more updates, and we’ll let you know when the show airs for the first time!

 

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And a shout out to Eric, thanks for the email! We always love listener feedback!

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