Sunday, 31 July 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Star Wars - 1000 Collectibles From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Steve Sansweet is perhaps the biggest name in the Star Wars fandom. After getting a job in 1996 with Lucasfilm, as Director of Specialty Marketing, Steve became the liaison between Lucasfilm and the fans. He is also well known for having Rancho Obi-Wan, a specialist museum that houses the world's largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia. The property is an old chicken farm with converted barns. The public can book a tour with Steve and go round his collection. In his time, he has written 18 books about collecting Star Wars.

This book, 1000 Collectibles is a very interesting and unique entry. This book is more a look into the overall realm of Star Wars collectibles, from the well known like the action figures, trading cards and t-shirts, to the more wacky and wonderful, like bowling balls, silk dressing robes and more besides. This book was published in 2009 by Abrams.

One of the more interesting things in Sansweet's collection is an original Rocket Firing Boba Fett, with the apology note explaining that it would be changed later on.

Some of the more unique items in his collection are Robot Chicken props and even a guitar. 

There's even a collection of Episode 1 cereal premiums. Now, this book only really scratches the surface in terms of collectibles in the Star Wars universe, as well as Sansweet's personal museum. It is however, a really fascinating and unique insight into what is out there, from the common, to the weird and the wonderful. The book is out of print now, but can be found on the secondary market and is well worth the purchase.