Introducing the Rancho Obi-Wan Virtual Museum!

We hope this email finds you and your family healthy and well.  Thank you for supporting Rancho Obi-Wan during this challenging time for everyone.  

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to postpone all live events, including tours and Deep Dives, at the museum until further notice.  Our annual fundraising Gala, originally scheduled for June 13th, is postponed until an undetermined date in 2021. We made these difficult decisions because it is our utmost responsibility to protect the health and safety of our guests and ourselves.

In order to continue to use the collection to inspire, to share the Rancho Obi-Wan fan experience with you, and to raise the necessary funds to meet our operating expenses, we are launching a new “Virtual Museum” section on our website. 

The Rancho Obi-Wan Virtual Museum is a subscription-based service similar to Patreon. Every month we will release new exclusive content to the various subscriber levels, including stories, photos, and videos featuring:

  • Inspired by the Force – items from the collection
  • Scouting the Galaxy – the return of Steve’s Questions & Answers
  • The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience – tours, interviews, and more!
  • Happenings – event coverage from yesterday, today and tomorrow
  • Behind-the-Scenes – we’ll bring you along to places we rarely go
  • Conversations with Steve – owner Steve Sansweet’s story in his words.
  • Monthly Polls – Let us get to know you!
  • Check out this sneak peak and overview of the museum hosted by Guinness World Records

We are very excited to provide this new way for you to enjoy Rancho Obi-Wan. All new sign ups through the end of May receive special “launch gifts” so subscribe today!

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PSWCS.org Unveils Their 10th Charity Medallion

PSWCS.org, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society (PSWCS), is excited to announce their 10th charity medallion in support of Valhalla Veteran’s Services.

Valhalla Veteran’s Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides Counseling, Continuing Education Seminars, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and Group Education to all warriors (veterans and first-responders) who have faithfully served our Nation and their families. Valhalla Veteran’s Services is primarily focused on providing services for the Veterans living in North Eastern PA, where there are few resources for Veterans and their families due to the rural setting. Their ultimate mission is to stop suicides in the warrior community.

The limited-edition medallion is fully approved by Lucasfilm and has an edition size of 1000 pieces. Each medallion features the likeness of Boba Fett on the front, along with the date and the name of the charity, Valhalla Veteran’s Services. Boba Fett celebrates not only the 40th anniversary of Empire Strikes Back, but the original bounty hunter in Mandalorian armor and to have all of that represented on the 10th medallion is an honor. The back features the PSWCS logo.

The medallions will be $12.50 each if shipped inside the USA and will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and receipt as they are tax deductible. International purchases are welcome, extra shipping charge will apply. Place your order now at pswcs.com/charity.cfm

Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection

Travel to a galaxy far, far away with this comprehensive guide featuring iconic lightsabers from the Star Wars galaxy.

From Luke Skywalker’s iconic lightsaber to Darth Maul’s fearsome double-bladed hilt to Kylo Ren’s unique crossguard design, there is no other weapon more deeply entwined within Star Wars than the lightsaber.

Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection is a comprehensive visual guide and exploration of the numerous lightsabers found within the Star Wars galaxy, featuring favorite hilts from the movies, animated series, comics, and video games.

Each spread features a detailed illustration of each lightsaber, allowing readers to see the intricate detail in the hilts and the brilliance of each energy blade, as well as information about the construction and additional filmmaker anecdotes about the creation of each weapon.

This striking book is a must-have for fans looking to discover more about legendary lightsabers and the warriors who wielded them.

Topps Star Wars Living Set 2 Card Bundle – Cards #99 – #100

As part of the Living Set program, Topps will only issue one card per character per film, live-action series or animated series. Two new characters will be offered every week and will be available for purchase for just one week.

The Star Wars Living Set is inspired by the iconic 1977 Topps Star Wars Series 1 design. The blue starfield design still resonates as one of the most popular trading card designs in Topps’ history. The Star Wars Living Set will feature artwork by notable Star Wars artist, Kris Penix, whose impeccable photo-realistic style brings new life and perception to Star Wars characters.

Click below to order cards 99 and 100

Last Day To Vote – Hasbro Fan Vote 2020!

Last Day To Vote – Hasbro Fan Vote 2020!

We are very excited to have again been asked by Hasbro to be part of the Official Fan Vote!!! We have done these in the past and they are always a great time.  Let’s go over how this will work!

Starting today, Friday May 1st at 1pm EST, the voting is now OPEN at Yodasnews! 

You are placing a vote for your favorite Hasbro Star Wars: The Black Series figure to be refreshed with photoreal deco (if applicable) and join The Black Series Archive line as one of the top Star Wars: The Black Series figures!

Once voting closes we will send our top 10 picks to Hasbro, they will then use that list and input from the other fan sites that were asked to participate to host a final fan vote on Hasbro Pulse on Friday, 5/15!

To vote, you need to e-mail us at Yodasnews@gmail.com with the subject line 2020 HASBRO FAN VOTE – Please make sure that you use that specific subject so we are sure to make every vote count! 

Fan Vote Guidelines:

  • Fans can vote on any character that has been featured in the Hasbro Star Wars: The Black Series Line to be made as a refresh with photoreal deco (if applicable) and put into the Black Series Archive line.
  • This would need to be a figure that Hasbro has created for the Black Series line in the past (no new figures)
  • Must be able to be executed in the Archive expression (ie. Could not be a vehicle, Jabba the Hut, the Wampa etc.)
  • Only 1 vote can be submitted per fan per day
  • Voting ends at 11:59pm EST on Friday, 5/8. 
  • Hasbro Pulse will host the final vote featuring the top 10 figures on Friday, 5/15

That’s it!  Thank you to Hasbro for asking us to take part in the Fan Vote again!

Artist Spotlight: Jamison Murdock

Jamison Murdock is an Artist and Graphic Designer based in Glasgow, UK. He started working for Topps in 2019 and has currently completed three different Star Wars sets for them. He enjoys drawing all kinds of fandom art, and is always open for sketch card commissions or larger art pieces.
 
You can see more of his work here: 
 
 

BBTS News: Kingpin, DC, Star Wars, TF Masterpiece, Fullmetal Alchemist, TBLeague, Captain America, Terminator & More!

NEW PRE-ORDERS

This week, the Marvel Legends Retro Collection gets a little bigger with the addition of Spider-Man’s enemy, Kingpin! DC Comic legend Ivan Reis adds his take on the Caped Crusader and his trusty sidekick as a 1/10 Deluxe Art Scale statue, while Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series announces a throw-back figure of Luke carrying Yoda while training to be a Jedi; The Mandalorian Pop! continues with the adorable Child and Mando himself and Loungefly’s mini backpack of The Child in his cradle. Pre-order Hasbro’s latest Masterpiece addition, MP-39+ Spin-Out. Aniplex also announced their first 1/12 scale BUZZmod figure of Edward Elric from the hit anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Finally, Captain America returns to the S.H.Figuarts line based on the famous “Cap vs. Cap” scene in Avengers: Endgame! These awesome items and more are available to pre-order right now!

NEW ARRIVALS

Order and own these retro ReAction figures of fan-favorite Transformers characters! Grab the classic X-Men Rogue and Gambit alongside other Marvel characters while DC Comics fans can decorate their home and office spaces with Batman: The Animated Series magnets. Finally Ochaco Uraraka joins McFarlane’s action figure series alongside her classmates from My Hero Academia

Artist Spotlight: Frank A. Kadar

Frank A. Kadar is a professional freelance artist. In 1997, Frank graduated from The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He specializes in full color paintings, illustrations, sketch cards, and comic book art. Since 2010, he has been working on projects for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Lucasfilm, Topps, Rittenhouse Archives, Cryptozoic Entertainment and more. Currently, Frank is freelancing in the trading card industry on high profile assignments which include Mars Attacks, Star Wars for Topps and other projects for Marvel and DC Comics. In 2018, Frank achieved a milestone. He had artwork approved and published by Lucasfilm for Topps’ Star Wars Galaxy 2018 Trading Card Set. He has an online store https://www.etsy.com/shop/FrankAKadar and is accepting commissions personally through Instagram and his Facebook page.