In the 100 days leading up to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, I am counting down my 100 favorite things about Star Wars. Here is the Top 10:
This is one of my favorite places on Earth. It is the Disneyland for Star Wars fans. Rancho Obi-Wan is officially the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia. And it’s located here in Sonoma County. Their mission is “to serve the public through the collection, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of Star Wars memorabilia and artifacts.” And let me tell you, they succeed…and then some. I have been to several events at the Rancho and taken the tour 3 or 4 times, and each time has been amazing. The owner is Steve Sansweet, who has spent years collecting and writing about Star Wars. He even worked for Lucasfilm as Director of Specialty Marketing at Lucasfilm, and later changed to Director of Content Management and head of Fan Relations. He is one of the nicest and most passionate people I have ever met. In fact, everyone I have met through Rancho Obi-Wan is the same, from Anne Neumann, the Vice President and General Manager on down. I love all the folks I have had the privilege meeting and gotten to know as friends.
But let’s talk about the collection. If you can imagine ANYTHING related to Star Wars, it is there. I thought I knew a lot about Star Wars before first going there. After about a half hour, I realized what I knew didn’t scratch the surface. From bootleg action figures to actual pieces of the Death Star from Star Wars, this place has it all. Heck, some of the items on this list are not only from Rancho Obi-Wan, but I wouldn’t have even know existed if it wasn’t for them. I cannot speak highly enough about this place. It has a special place in my heart and means a lot to me. If you are any kind of Star Wars fan, your journey is not complete until you visit them.