Rancho Obi-Wan, a Northern California non-profit museum, has officially been recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS as housing the “Largest Collection of Star Wars Memorabilia” in the galaxy. Steve Sansweet, the collection's owner, has amassed more than 300,000 unique Star Wars items since 1977. The just-released GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2014 Edition features an amazing two-page photograph of part of the collection.
The Force will be strong in the historic Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco where Super7, Rancho Obi-Wan, the 501st Legion, and a host of others will be putting on a Star Wars Day extravaganza filled with exhibition of rare merchandise, exclusives, and giveaways.
The event takes place between 11 am to 7 am this Saturday, May 4th at the Super7 store located at 1427 Haight Street, San Francisco.
The Rancho Obi-Wan 2013 membership kits are finally ready! Kits include a thank you letter, a personalized membership card signed on the back by Steve and this year's patch, which features art exclusively done for Rancho Obi-Wan by French artist Benjamin Carré.
Rancho Obi-Wan is in the process of developing their 2013 Membership kits, but it will include a new 2013 Membership patch, a welcome letter from Steve Sansweet, as well as a special Thank You gift for renewing members.
The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience, a specially-selected group of Star Wars memorabilia from the world's largest private collection, will be part of the activities at Star Wars Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany July 26th to 28th.
Übercollector and Star Wars ambassador of fandom Steve Sansweet took some time to answer a few questions for Galactic Hunter and discuss his newly published Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection. What are his top 3 collecting moments? His favorite action figures? Does he really collect everything from a galaxy far, far away? Read our interview after the jump!
For Star Wars fans and collectors, having a passionate advocate and steward like a Steve Sansweet, who also just happens to be the custodian of the largest Star Wars collection in the galaxy, is like catching lightning in a bottle. Not only does he have a collection you can never even dream of owning (let alone housing), but he can write, and write pretty well, of all the relevant events and collectibles from both a fan and collector standpoint because he bore witness to and collected most of them. Like E.F. Hutton, when Steve writes, every Star Wars fan should read.
An auction of one of the most complete collections of loose Star Wars action figures will be launched on eBay Nov. 29 for the benefit of Rancho Obi-Wan. The auction is in conjunction with the one year anniversary of ROW and the release of the new book, Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection.
It was a damp, dreary November evening but The Force was strong inside a repurposed Chicken Ranch that housed the greatest Star Wars collection in the world. Rancho Obi-Wan celebrates one year since their Grand Re-Opening on November 5th and we wanted to offer a congratulations and thanks to Steve Sansweet and Anne Neuman for a fantastic place collectors and fans of a galaxy far, far away can call a Mecca.
In the second official blog post about his forthcoming Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection, Steve Sansweet gives retrospect on deadlines and overcoming the methodology of embedded data in today's book publishing. With help from assistant Anne Neumann and a couple of well respected guys from the online collecting community, Steve was able to meet tight deadlines and regain some Zen.
It's almost here! In the latest Star Wars Blog entry, Steve Sansweet reminisces about his beginnings as a sci-fi reader and eventual writer as the release date nears for his highly anticipated Star Wars The Ultimate Action Figure Collection, which ships in November.
Publishing a book of all the 3 3/4 inch Star Wars action figures ever produced by Kenner/Hasbro is quite the daunting task. Adam has been writing his Figure Of The Day feature for the past 5 or 6 years and has yet to hit 2,000. Steve Sansweet's Action Figure Archive has always been the seminal book in prose, style, and format and we've been waiting for an update for 13 years since the Power of the Force 2 collection from the Nineties.
The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience at Celebration VI will be selling memberships that will include a Celebration exclusive Yoda patch designed by Jerry Vanderstelt. It is the perfect companion patch for the Obi-Wan Kenobi patch that members have already received with their membership kit.
An exciting announcement today for friends and supporters of Rancho Obi-Wan. "The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience," a curated exhibit filling 600 square feet on the main exhibition floor, will be making its debut at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando August 23rd to 26th. Here's the official announcement:
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!