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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

Rancho Obi-Wan Tour and Membership Details

We are so visiting this when we get the chance!


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.


$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.


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


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.


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