16 Year Anniversary – Prize Reveal #8

Rancho Obi-Wan Deep Dive Wine & BBQ Tours

This fall, come see Star Wars memorabilia rarely shown in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere. Proceeds from these tours keep the museum operational for the fall. Come spend some quality time with us–get tickets now!

  • Each tour is limited to a maximum of 20 attendees. Adults only, 21 years and older.  This is high quality time!
  • Start with a glass of wine from Skywalker Vineyards, local brew, or sparkling water.
  • Proceed with a full museum tour led by Steve Sansweet! Steve will share stories about his collection and his history as a journalist, a collector, Head of Fan Relations at Lucasfilm and President of Rancho Obi-Wan.
  • Enjoy a special presentation on the theme which is not normally covered on regular tours. See below for subject schedule.
  • Relax with a beverage while playing video games or having a casual discussion with the presenters.
  • Be entertained by video clips culled from the depths of the collection.
  • Sit down to dinner featuring Annie’s TexaCali BBQ straight from our R2-BQ smoker. Texas brisket, pulled pork, vegetarian sides and salads, decedent dessert and coffee.
  • Take home a special souvenir.
  • Receive a tax-deductible donation receipt for $150.00 (half of your $299 ticket price is a donation which supports the continued operation of the museum). Many thanks!

Click here to secure tickets today!

Rancho Obi-Wan Updates!

Via our friends at Rancho Obi-Wan:

Hello friends! On behalf of everyone at Rancho Obi-Wan, THANK YOU for coming to see us at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. It was great to see so many friends and make new ones. Your support there was integral to our continued operation. If you didn’t get to Chicago, we hope to see you at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, August 27-30, 2020 where our exhibit will take you back 40 years to Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Save the dates – June 12-13, 2020 for Return of the Gala! Friday, the 12th, will be reserved for wine tasting featuring wines from Skywalker Vineyards. Saturday the 13th, enjoy the long summer day with a barbeque, games, auctions and fun! This year’s 2019 Fundraiser takes a different turn with an online auction of original art and other items. More information coming this fall. Hint: DS-1.

Star Wars Day at the Park – Come see us at the San Francisco Giants Star Wars Day at the Park, Sunday, September 15, 2019. We will have a small exhibit of helmets at the VIP Experience in Triples Alley that starts at 10:35am. Those attending the VIP event get 3 Giants Star Wars collector’s items! Special tickets are required.

Introducing Deep Dive Tours – This fall we will host a series of themed in-depth experiences here at Rancho Obi-Wan. See things rarely shown in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere. Tickets go on sale August 7,2019.


Rancho Obi-Wan Post-Celebration Merchandise Sale

Via Rancho Obi-Wan:

Just a quick note to let you know that we are having a MEMBERS ONLY post-convention sale at our online store.  The order deadline is Monday, May 6th, 6pm Pacific Time. Orders will ship by the end of May.   

If you are not already a Member just add a Membership to your cart with your purchase.

In honor of this weekend’s “Star Wars Day”, May the 4th, use the coupon code MAY4 to get 10% off all Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 merchandise (patches, lanyards, t-shirts).  These items won’t be made again, so this is the last opportunity to add these to your collection. 

As always, thank you for your support!


The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience is at Star Wars Celebration

Via Rancho Obi-Wan:

The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience is at Star Wars Celebration Chicago April 11-15, 2019
McCormick Place, Hall F1, Booth 5516

Our exhibit will feature a 20-year retrospective on Star Wars Celebration, dazzling collectibles for the female fan, and a stunning display of helmets.

In addition we will have a great variety of Rancho Obi-Wan branded merchandise for sale, a super fun spinning wheel with an assortment of merchandise from the Star Wars collecting past, and a sweepstakes you can enter to win a book autographed by George Lucas.

All current supporting Members of Rancho Obi-Wan get a lightspeed pass to bypass the line into The Rancho Obi-Wan Experience. We’ll be printing Memberships and Lightspeed passes at the Con all week–please support our mission of inspiration by becoming a Member at Celebration!

All current supporting Members of Rancho Obi-Wan get a “lightspeed pass” allowing them to bypass the queue into our exhibit at Celebration.
Speaking of Memberships, the new 2019 Thank You gift has arrived and is now shipping! It includes a special patch, a letter from Steve and a personalized Membership card. Renewing Members receive a lapel pin!

YN 15 YEAR – Giveaway #16 WINNER – 2019 Membership Kit to Rancho Obi-Wan

Congrats to Kyle Z from CA on winning a  2019 Membership Kit to Rancho Obi-Wan which includes a T-Shirt! Check your inbox for your certificate and how to re-deem it!

For more information on Rancho Obi-Wan , go to www.ranchobiwan.org, http://www.facebook.com/RanchoObiWan, or follow them on twitter at @RanchoObiWan



YN 15 YEAR Giveaway #16 – 2019 Membership Kit to Rancho Obi-Wan

Want to win a 2019 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 2019” and one lucky person will win a 2019 Membership Kit to Rancho Obi-Wan, located in Petaluma, CA, about an hour north of San Francisco!

Giveaway ends on 3/4/19 at 11:59 EST.  One Entry per person. Winner to be announced on 3/5/19

For more information, got to www.ranchobiwan.org, http://www.facebook.com/RanchoObiWan, or follow them on twitter at @RanchoObiWan


Rancho Obi-Wan Merchandise Pre-order & Celebration Chicago 2019 Information

Rancho Obi-Wan will be at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, April 11-15, 2019, McCormick Place West, hall F1, booth #5516! The 1,200 square foot exhibit will feature three special displays–come see us!

You will be greeted by a 20-year retrospective on Star Wars Celebration, the first of which was in Denver in May, 1999 and developed by our own Steve Sansweet. 12 conventions later, the expectations, activities and fandom itself has evolved and changed. Take a walk down memory lane or view these items for the first time.

Next, what does it mean to be a female fan of the Saga? How has fem fan expression changed in the decades since 1977? Come see a fun selection of items and collectibles from then and now and learn what makes this subset of fans tick.

Finally, it wouldn’t be an exhibit worthy of our Guinness World Record without a massive display of helmets from the collection here at Rancho Obi-Wan. From the very first licensed helmet by Don Post to high-end collectibles and detailed cosplay replicas, from fan-made to artform, this colorful display will have you mesmerized.  All current supporting Members of Rancho Obi-Wan will be emailed a “lightspeed pass” allowing them to bypass the queue into our exhibit at Celebration.

New merchandise available online 10 DAYS ONLY – Sale ends Thursday, February 28th, 2019 5pm PST

We’ve revamped our merchandise for this convention and are offering a one-time, Spring-fundraising, online, pre-order that ends February 28th, 5pm PST. Items can be picked up at Celebration or they can be shipped to you in May.

Current supporting Members of Rancho Obi-Wan are offered an exclusive patch commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Episode I and featuring Darth Maul. Only current supporting Members can order the Celebration Chicago specific items online, however they will be available to all attendees of Celebration at our booth in Chicago. These items will not be made again.

All other items, like our new line of stoneware shown above, are available online to the general public though February 28th! Support Rancho Obi-Wan–Buy Now!


Celebrating Our 15 Year Anniversary! Prizes All Month Long!

For the past 15 years, we have had the honor of bringing you daily news, product reviews and coverage of many conventions.  We have posted over 41,000 articles since 2004, we have never missed a single day in 15 years! We have enjoyed sharing our love of Star Wars with you.  As our 15 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 15 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 160 prizes worth over $6,500! 

It all starts today, stay tuned for how to enter the first giveaway around 8pm 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
C-3PO Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles
Speeder Bike Sixth Scale by Sideshow Collectibles
First Order Stormtroopers 2 Pack by Hot Toys via Sideshow Collectibles
Special Edition Pewter Mandalorian Skull Mini Sculpture From Regal Robot
Limited Edition Art Prints from Brian DeGuire
Kotobukiya Dengar ARTFX+ STATUE
Kotobukiya Bossk ARTFX+ STATUE
Kotobukiya Zuckuss ARTFX+ STATUE

2019 Membership Kit to Rancho Obi-Wan which includes a T-Shirt
Gentle Giant Finn Mini Bust
Gentle Giant Obi Wan Kenobi (Exclusive) Mini Bust
The Force Awakens Resistance X-Wing Fighter Hot Wheels Elite Die-Cast Metal
I Backed The Barge Patches
Over 75 Action Figures from various lines (Solo, TLJ, TFA, Black Series, Clone Wars, etc.)
Topps Galactic Connexions HallMark Exclusive Trading Discs

Marvel 2015 Star Wars #1 Hasbro Toyfair Previews Exclusive Cover
Hobby Box of Topps Star Wars Galaxy 2018
Rey and Kylo Topps Star Wars Card Trader Posters
Star Wars Card Trader Rey Pins

Hasbro 2002 12″ Gamorrean Guard
Kotobukiya Star Wars R2-D2 DX Silicone Tray
Sideshow R2-ME2 A Sideshow Exhibition Catalogs
Hasbro 2003 ANH Imperial Dogfight Tie Fighter with Pilot
Darth Vader 25oz Water Bottles
Star Wars The Black Series Astromech Droids 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures – Entertainment Earth Exclusive

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.