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Rancho Obi-Wan Launches First Book for Celebration Anaheim Exhibit

Awesome news from Rancho Obi-Wan -check it out!

We are excited to announce that the first Rancho Obi-Wan book will be launching for Celebration Anaheim!

Rancho Obi-Wan Book

Rancho Obi-Wan’s 900-square-foot exhibit at Celebration Anaheim April 16-19 will focus on how Star Wars fans through the years have made their own tremendous contributions to that far-away galaxy, and in commemoration the nonprofit museum will make available a limited print-run book, “Inspired by the Force: Star Wars Fan Artifacts & Art.”
The full-color, hardcover 72-page book will act as an exhibit guide, containing photos and stories of scores of the items on display. Written and photographed by Steve Sansweet and Anne Neumann, with design and layout by Stan Stice, the book is intended to be the first volume in a series, “The Treasures of Rancho Obi-Wan.” It also includes a 4-page centerspread foldout that has hundreds of photos of visitors to Rancho and to our exhibits at past Celebration events.
The new book, with an initial printing of just 1,000 copies, is one of several surprises that Rancho will reveal in the weeks leading up to what many believe will be the largest and most exciting Star Wars fan event ever.
The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience exhibit will feature fan objects and art starting in the late 1970s through today, from an airbrushed van tire cover and hand-tooled leather backgammon board to a Chewbacca tissue box cover and bird house, from amazing art mash-ups based on a print by Goya and a painting by Picasso to bizarre limited edition figurines made by urban artists.
The book will cost $25 and pre-orders for pick-up at Celebration will begin in March on RanchoObiWan.org.
Both Steve Sansweet, chairman and CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan, and Anne Neumann, vice president and general manager, will be available at posted hours to sign the new book at no charge.

More exciting news about the Rancho Obi-Wan Experience Exhibit and other Rancho activities will be announced soon!

“My Family Recipe Rocks” Visits Rancho Obi-Wan

Hot off the presses:

The Star Wars themed episode of My Family Recipe Rocks will premiere on Disney XD Thursday, August 1st at 8pm ET/PT. It will air on the Live Well Network August 18th at 8:30 pm ET/PT.

Host Joey Fatone visits the world’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia showcased in a museum on the “Ranch Obi Wan” near Skywalker Ranch and cooks a Star Wars themed breakfast from the Star Wars Cookbook with Rancho Obi-Wan’s own Steve Sansweet and Anne Neumann!

This special is part of “Disney Fandom,” a three-night programming event on Disney XD celebrating fans and showcasing programming from Disney, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel and more.

Be sure to check out more here.


Rancho Obi-Wan Experience at Star Wars Celebration VI!


Rancho Obi-Wan Brings Treasures, Logo Souvenirs,

And Giveaways For Fellow Fans at Celebration VI

The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience (booth #1235) at Star Wars Celebration VI will exhibit items ranging from the first, 1978 prototype Boba Fett laser rifle, to unproduced Star Wars action figures, to an incredible two-foot high piñata of Luke on a tauntaun. About 300 special pieces from the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, owned by Steve Sansweet, will be on display at the 800-square-foot exhibit.

To mark the occasion, Rancho Obi-Wan (ROW) will be offering special Celebration VI membership packages that include an exclusive ROW C VI patch (while they last) as well as specially-priced family memberships. Even better, you’ll be able to pick up your full, personalized membership kit at the booth. Members get a 10% discount on all merchandise purchased at C VI.

There will be a chance to take home a limited edition solid-bronze bust of Darth Vader as conceived by Ralph McQuarrie ($1,500 retail price) for a small donation. Giveaways will include postcards, stickers, and bookplates. Rancho Obi-Wan is a nonprofit museum depending on the generous support of the public to share the excitement, fun, and friendship that Star Wars has brought. Its motto is “Inspired by the Force of Imagination.”

For the first time outside the museum, limited amounts of exclusive Rancho Obi-Wan branded souvenirs will be available, including T-shirts (two styles), an embroidered baseball cap, a 15-ounce bistro mug, a coaster-paperweight, and other items. Copies of some of Sansweet’s most popular Star Wars books will also be available. And you can get your book personally autographed by Steve.

Special illustrated bookplates for the upcoming book, Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection (Chronicle Books, fall 2012) will be available at no charge and will be signed by all four contributors at least once each day of the show. Times will be posted. Also, The ROW Experience will be headquarters for the Curto/Burns Collectors’ Cast, a monthly podcast about Star Wars collecting.

“We’ve got so many incredible things to share with fellow fans that we asked for and got more floor space to show them all,” Sansweet said. “I look forward to saying hello to old friends and making lots of new ones at the show.”

Photos of the merchandise are at: http://www.ranchoobiwan.org/experience.php. More information about the mission of Rancho Obi-Wan and booking tours is available at www.RanchoObiWan.org. Follow us on twitter @RanchoObiWan and at www.facebook.com/RanchoObiWan.


C VI Membership Kits

The first 300 Memberships purchased will include a special Yoda Celebration VI patch with art by Jerry Vanderstelt, a great companion to the already-included Obi-Wan Kenobi Charter patch, also by Jerry. The $40 kit includes:

A welcome letter from Steve Sansweet

Exclusive 4-inch square 2012 Obi-Wan Charter Member patch

Celebration VI Exclusive 4-inch square Yoda Patch

Charter Membership card personalized for you and signed by Steve

Quarterly email newsletter with the latest news about ROW

$30 discount towards tour-level membership within a year of purchase

New Family Membership

With the purchase of any regular membership, you are entitled to a Padawan Membership for your children 12 and under for only $20 per child. The Padawan Membership includes everything in the regular Membership Kit. Already a Member? Stop by and pick up your special C VI Yoda Patch for only $5.


Specially-designed adhesive bookplates for the upcoming Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection will be signed by Sansweet and contributors Anne Neumann, Dan Curto, and Paul Harrison.

Rancho Obi-Wan Souvenirs

The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience T-Shirt: $25.00

(Hanes Nano 100% premium combed cotton)

Rancho Obi-Wan Logo T-Shirt: $25.00

(Hanes 5250 Tagless 100% cotton, 6oz)

Rancho Obi-Wan Embroidered Logo Baseball Cap: $25.00

Rancho Obi-Wan Logo 15oz. Bistro Mug: $15.00

Rancho Obi-Wan Logo Coaster-Paper Weight: $30.00

Rancho Obi-Wan “Challenge Coin”: $10

Rancho Obi-Wan Patches (color or gold metallic): $10 each

Rancho Obi-Wan Logo Pen: $5.00

Rancho Obi-Wan Logo Bamboo Keychain: $5.00

Rancho Obi-Wan Giving Away 4 Memberships

Rancho Obi-Wan Giving Away 4 Memberships

To Celebrate May The 4th Be With You Star Wars Day

Petaluma, California — Rancho Obi-Wan, the museum devoted to Star Wars memorabilia and to fandom, is giving away 4 Initiate memberships in honor of the upcoming unofficial Star Wars holiday, May the 4th Be With You!

To have a chance to win, simply sign up to be on the ROW mailing list, with no obligation except to receive occasional emails from Rancho Obi-Wan. Fans under the age of 16 need to get permission from a parent to sign up. Simply go to www.ranchoobiwan.org, click where indicated, and fill in the blank!

Or you can celebrate May the 4th by purchasing a membership for you or other big fans in your life. Be one of the first to receive the now-mailing Charter Year Membership Kit including an exclusive patch and membership card.

The 4 lucky fans will be randomly chosen from everyone who signs up for the ROW mailing list between now and 4:44 pm PDT May 4th. All fans worldwide are eligible if the laws in your country, state, province, or region don’t ban such random giveaways. Winners will be announced May 5th on the Rancho Obi-Wan Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RanchoObiWan , twitter @RanchoObiWan , and www.ranchoobiwan.org. May the 4th and the Force be with you!

Media inquiries please contact: PR@RanchoObiWan.Org