Rancho Obi-Wan has entered a new level of spectacular! Read the press release below:
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Rancho Obi-Wan has entered a new level of spectacular! Read the press release below:
Be sure to tune into Disney XD tonight, because Rancho Obi-Wan will be featured on My Family Recipe Rocks, hosted by Joey Fatone!
In what’s likely to be one of the coolest eBay auctions EVER, over 1900 Star Wars action figures are up for bid, with the proceeds going to one of the coolest non-profits EVER, Rancho Obi-Wan!
Read the press release below:
An auction of one of the most complete collections of loose Star Wars action figures was launched today on eBay (Nov. 29) for the benefit of the nonprofit Rancho Obi-Wan, which houses the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia: http://eBayActionFigureAuction.The auction is in conjunction with the anniversary of the northern California museum and the release of the new book, Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection (Chronicle Books, $40): http://UltimateAFC.
The action figure collection was built over more than 30 years by Fon Davis, a long-time ILM model maker and now owner of FonCoCreative Services, Lagunitas, CA.“Fon’s generosity in donating this collection is mind-blowing, but it was done in the true spirit of Star Wars fandom,” said Steve Sansweet, chief executive of Rancho Obi Wan Inc. and principal author of the new action figure book.
The auction includes 1,950 different Star Wars action figures starting with the vintage line in 1978 and continuing through the beginning of 2011. It makes up about 85% of the figures documented in The Ultimate Action Figure Collection; most of those not included are from the last two years. All figures are in very good to excellent condition with most original accessories. Detailed descriptions of vintage figures and photos of the collection are on the auction page. The collection has been appraised at a minimum value of $8,200 by Pete Vilmur, collecting expert and co-author of four Star Wars books.
“This incredible collection of nearly every Star Wars action figure ever produced is the largest group of figures I’ve seen offered in a single lot,” Vilmur said. “Based on the sharp condition and completeness of this collection (100% of the 1978-85 series is here, and nearly every subsequent figure produced to early 2011), I’d appraise this set at a minimum $8,200 to $8,500. There is minor wear on some of the vintage figures (as is typical around the edges of the feet) while all modern figures appear fresh off the card. All vintage accessories are accounted for unless otherwise indicated and are believed to be authentic.”
The auction includes a list of all the included action figures by inventory number and by book page number; the vast majority of all original accessories for each figure; many additional loose accessories that may be matched to each figure; many action figure stands that were included with the packaged figures; and a copy of The Ultimate Action Figure Collection with a bookplate signed by all four authors.
The new book shows and lists every Star Wars action figure—the quintessential toy of the 1970s and 1980s—from the first in 1978 through earlier this year, nearly 2,300 in all.
Rancho Obi-Wan, first established in 1998, was incorporated a year ago as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose specific mission is to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of Star Wars memorabilia and artifacts, using the collection to provide meaningful educational, aesthetic, intellectual and cultural experiences for a wide array of audiences and to carry on other charitable and educational activities associated with this goal. Money raised for or donated to Rancho Obi-Wan is used for maintenance, insurance, security, professional services, public outreach and related activities; none is used for acquisitions.
As we previously reported, a small portion of the massive Star Wars memorabilia collection that is Rancho Obi-Wan will be present at the upcoming Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, FL. It is sure to be a fan favorite among all the booths! Here are additional details about the exhibit:
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 Warshas 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 http://www.ranchoobiwan.org/. Follow us on twitter @RanchoObiWan and at http://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
Star Wars fans have yet another reason to attend the upcoming Celebration VI this August: The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience! Read the press release below:
A selection of rare, interactive, and one-of-a-kind treasures from the world’s largest privately-held collection of Star Wars memorabilia will be on display at Star Wars Celebration VI as part of The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience!
“I’m really excited that we’re going to be able to share with tens of thousands of fans a carefully curated exhibit that shows the breadth and depth of both worldwide Star Wars merchandise over 35 years and the passion and skill that fans have shown in creating their own tribute works,” said Steve Sansweet, owner of the collection and president and chief executive of Rancho Obi-Wan Inc., the nonprofit company that runs the membership museum in Petaluma, CA.
The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience will occupy a 600-square-foot mini-museum space on the main exhibit floor of Celebration VI, which takes places in Orlando, FL, from August 23 through 26 (www.starwarscelebration.com). Items will range from props and prototypes to original art and fan-made wonders.
In addition, fans will have the opportunity to chat with Steve and ask any questions. There will be advance sales of the upcoming Star Wars: Ultimate Action Figure Collection book (Chronicle Books, fall 2012), with unique and colorful free bookplates that can be personalized and signed by all four authors.
Fans will also be able to become members of Rancho Obi-Wan and take home personalized membership kits that—in addition to a card, letter, and 2012 ROW patch—will contain an exclusive matching Celebration VI patch available in very limited quantities. There also will be a limited amount of ROW and special Rancho Obi-Wan Experience merchandise available, along with some of Steve’s Star Wars books.
Steve and other managers and board members of Rancho Obi-Wan will be doing a panel on ROW as part of the Collectors’ Track. Fans can also get help at the exhibit planning a future trip to ROW (www.RanchoObiWan.org), (twitter: @RanchoObiWan), (www.facebook.com/RanchoObiWan).
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That’s right, 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!
From the press release:
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.
Here is the official press release:
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. (Copied in-part below) 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.