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!
Want to win a 2020 Membership Kit to Rancho Obi-Wan which includes a T-Shirt?
Just send us an e-mail to YodasnewsAnniversary@gmail.com with the subject “Rancho Obi-Wan 2020” and one lucky person will win a 2020 Membership Kit to Rancho Obi-Wan, located in Petaluma, CA, about an hour north of San Francisco!
You MUST include your full name and e-mail address for us to send the certificate for it to count. You may enter once per 24 hours from 2/29//2020 to 3/2/2020 11:59EST. (So max of 3 entries)
Keep checking and following us at all our social network sites 24/7 as we announce a lot of prizes at random there.
THANK YOU for letting us bring you the news to you for the last 16 years! *Read the terms and conditions of entering this giveaway by clicking here
Announcing the 2020 Membership patch!
Eric Ehrlich has again designed a stellar patch for our 2020 Membership kit. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back this year, it recalls the feel of the 1980 Topps trading card stickers with elements from the Polish ESB poster. The 2020 Memberships will begin shipping in April. Click here to become a supporting Member of Rancho Obi-Wan!
From an illuminated Dagobah garden to an exploded Darth Vader mask, from a Fabergé-style egg to a dianoga’s lair, and from R2-D2 to Scarif’s Citadel Tower from Star Wars: Rogue One, artists have turned 30 10-inch high resin replicas of the Death Star into ingenious and in some cases automated works of art in a fundraiser for Rancho Obi-Wan.
The auction is being run by Prop Store, the well-known London and Los Angeles based seller of pop culture memorabilia. The online sale runs from Feb. 10 to Feb. 21, 2020 and will support Rancho’s mission of using its collection to inspire others to be imaginative, creative, learn new crafts and gain knowledge.
Click below to bid now!
For the past 16 years, we have had the honor of bringing you daily news, product reviews and coverage of many conventions. We have posted over 42,620 articles since 2004, we have never missed a single day in 16 years! We have enjoyed sharing our love of Star Wars with you. As our 16 year anniversary is upon us, we would like to thank both our staff and our readers. To our staff, we are grateful for the commitment, drive, and energy that you to bring to Yodasnews. Without your tireless dedication, none of this would be possible. To our readers, it is your dedication and loyalty that keeps alive this great franchise; it is a pleasure and an honor to share it with you.
During the month of February, we have amazing giveaways planned to thank you, our readers, for all your support over the last 16 years!
Also, as with previous anniversaries, we are giving away prizes for both our casual readers and those who follow us on social media. Keep your eye out for special events to test your creativity, fun and competitive trivia nights, and much more. Some of the items up for grabs include Gift Cards to your favorite online stores, statues, mini busts, action figures, and more! Over 150 prizes worth over $6,000!
It all starts today, stay tuned for how to enter the first giveaway around 3pm EST today! If you don’t follow us on Social Media, now is the best time to do it as we will do random giveaways not posted here on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Links at the top right of the website, and on this page!
Some of the items up for grabs include:
Ten $25 Gift Certificates to BBTS
Limited Edition Art Prints from Joe Corroney
Kotobukiya ARTFX+ Mandalorian
Kotobukiya ARTFX+ IG-11
Mythosaur Skull from The Mandalorian – Mini Sculpture From Regal Robot
Limited Edition Art Prints from Brian DeGuire
2020 Membership Kit to Rancho Obi-Wan which includes a T-Shirt
Gentle Giant Han Solo Mini Bust
Gentle Giant Obi Wan Kenobi (Exclusive) Mini Bust
Gentle Giant Jumbo Vintage Palpatine
Gentle Giant Han Solo in Carbonite
Gentle Giant Princess Leia Mini Bust
Gentle Giant Range Trooper Mini Bust
Tie, Cufflinks and Tie Bars from Cufflinks.com
Coffee Mugs, T-Shirts, Keychains, Funko Mystery Minis
Patch Sets from Padawan Bear
Over 75 Action Figures and vehicles from various lines
Topps Galactic Connexions HallMark Exclusive Trading Discs
Marvel 2015 Star Wars #1 Hasbro Toyfair Previews Exclusive Cover
4 Hobby Boxes of Topps Star Wars Cards
Rey and Kylo Topps Star Wars Card Trader Posters
Topps and Star Wars Autentics Hats and Shirts
Hasbro Role Play Masks and Lightsabers
Sideshow R2-ME2 A Sideshow Exhibition Catalogs
The Child “Baby Yoda” Pins and Keychains
And much more!!!
You can see these, as well as, other prizes right here. Of course, none of this could be possible without the generosity and support of our Anniversary Sponsors, so be sure to check them out on our prize page and support them.
Prop Store and Rancho Obi-Wan present an extraordinary collection of Star Wars-inspired art in the Rancho Obi-Wan Death Star Auction. This collection represents the hard work of over 30 artists, who applied their talents and Star Wars love to create one-of-a-kind works of art out of the franchise’s most deadly planet-killer in a celebration of art, science fiction, and that galaxy far, far away.
Rancho Obi-Wan is a publicly supported, not-for-profit museum located in Petaluma, California housing the world’s largest Star Wars memorabilia collection as certified by Guinness World Records in 2014. Proceeds from this auction support Rancho Obi-Wan’s ongoing mission to inspire people by showcasing the collection and promoting a warm, joyous, inclusive environment for a fun, authentic fan experience. We present collectibles, works of art, and fan-made pieces to inspire others to be imaginative, creative, seek new information and learn new crafts.