The Rancho Obi-Wan 2015 Membership Kit is in its final stages of production and will start shipping soon to new members and current members as they renew.
This year’s patch and membership card art are based on a painting by the talented Daniel Bergren, which was done expressly for Rancho Obi-Wan for a fundraising auction. In addition to the patch and hand-signed membership card, the kit contains a letter from Rancho chairman Steve Sansweet and the second in a series of costume designer John Mollo’s historic sketches that led to the final costume worn by Alec Guinness in Star Wars.
The Mollo sketch in this year’s kits is dated January 8, 1976, just a short time after Mollo had been hired. As the description on the back of the collectible card notes, the artist had changed the costume’s look from that of a more military-style outfit to a full length kimono-style robe with sash. The Japanese word for a kimono sash is obi. Mollo won an Academy Award for his work on the film.
In addition to the 2015 patch, as has become tradition, Rancho Obi-Wan will offer an exclusive Celebration Anaheim patch for sale to members only. The patch is based on a beautiful black and white pencil sketch of Obi-Wan by gifted artist Keven Reinke, also done specifically for a Rancho fundraiser. Both patches were designed by Curt Hanks. The Celebration patch will be included in the price of new membership kits purchased and personalized at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim April 16-19 at the Rancho Obi-Wan booth. They also will be available for sale to existing members. The Celebration patches are limited and will not be remade.
Finally, all renewing members will receive the exclusive 2015 Member pin. This year the pin is silver following gold and copper pins in previous years.
Become a member today and receive the 2015 Membership kit as thank you gift for your donation. Renewing members will also receive the special silver pin. In addition to being able to order the Celebration exclusive patch (pre-order begins in March), members will be able to enter the Rancho Obi-Wan Experience booth through a special “lightspeed” entrance.
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 … Continue reading
The alumni magazine of Steve’s alma mater, Temple University, just ran a brief profile and photo of him as part of its “Class Notes” section. Steve says to point out it’s not titled “Classy” notes! Share : … Continue reading
By Anne Neumann February 3rd will be the ninth anniversary of my arrival at Rancho Obi-Wan. I remember the day with incredible clarity. I had started out from Austin, Texas on February 1st in my Honda Insight Hybrid full of clothes, computer equipment and my cat Claire. I drove by … Continue reading
Help Rancho Obi-Wan continue its mission to inspire with the Force of imagination and get yourself some exclusive swag: Become a Rancho Recruiter! With a nod to the early days of the Official Star Wars Fan Club and its Rebel Recruiter membership drive, we’re seeking current members’ help to grow … Continue reading
The annual Rancho Obi-Wan Gala (Sept. 20th) is our main fundraising event of the year, something nearly every nonprofit organization needs to be able to continue its mandate—in our case Inspiring Through the Force of Imagination. And thanks to generous donors, our auctions at the event include amazing original Star … Continue reading
Rancho Obi-Wan (ROW), home of the world’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia, will have a special exhibit at Celebration Anaheim that focuses on fan passion and creativity over nearly 38 years. It will be ROW’s third trip to a Celebration, each time with a different selection of items from … Continue reading
By Brian Anderson TK-7602, 501st Legion A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. Wow! It really was a long time ago: hard to believe that we started this project more than seven years ago! And now the Big Slug will be the star of the second annual … Continue reading
By Steve Sansweet It is way too crowded. It has become next to impossible to get tickets or hotel accommodations—and the rooms available are double or triple a legitimate rate. But it just can’t be missed. I had been to every San Diego Comic-Con International since the late 1980s in … Continue reading
Get ready for an intergalactic fun-fest as Rancho Obi‐Wan launches its 2nd Annual Gala on Saturday, September 20th. It’s a party as only Rancho Obi-Wan can throw one, in the midst of the world’s largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia and hosted by master-collector Steve Sansweet. There will be dinner, … Continue reading