Rancho Obi-Wan is a Star Wars fan’s mecca for amazing, wacky, and unique memorabilia and while I’ve yet to go, attending Star Wars Celebration Anaheim allowed myself and others a chance to get a little taste of Steve Sansweet’s stunning collection. It’s been on my Star Wars bucket list for awhile now and after the small exhibit on the Celebration floor, it’ll be one of the items I can not miss from the list. But before you or I make that journey, here are a few shots of what was brought to SWCA and a few thoughts on the material.
While the experience was smaller than I expected, it was totally packed from wall-to-wall with all sorts of oddities and other goodies that one could easily spend hours taking it all in and still notice something new and exciting. I’ve been to the Lourve (sure, I was ten), but this is the first time (OKAY, not exactly the first) I understood why people enjoy museums and will take an inordinate time in them staring at what they regard as pieces of art.
The big draw as the unveiling of Robert Xavier Burden’s piece, The 20th Century Space Opera, a giant magnum opus with tons of hidden goodies like Flash Gordon references and Yule Brenner snuck inside it’s giant frame. There was also a book launched, called Inspired by the Force: Star Wars Fan Artifacts & Art, the first volume of presumably many, which will give insights into Rancho’s collectibles and allow you a glimpse into the vast collection. Rancho Obi-Wan is something every fan should experience and even if you only get the book, you’ll thank yourself and help keep the museum running.
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