Monday, June 5, 2017

Rare 'Star Wars' Collectibles Stolen From Rancho Obi-Wan

By: Dominic Jones

Long time Star Wars fans will be familiar with Steve Sansweet, the former head of fan relations at Lucasfilm.  While Sansweet retired from Lucasfilm in 2011, he remains active in the Star Wars fan community as the owner of the world's largest Star Wars collection, known as Rancho Obi-Wan.  Unfortunately, Rancho Obi-Wan was the victim of a major theft over the past few years.  Sansweet released a statement today, informing fans of the situation.

Sansweet revealed that, 
In February we at Rancho Obi-Wan found out that we had been the victim of a major theft that surreptitiously took place over many months in late 2015 through 2016. 

There were more than 100 valuable items stolen, the majority of them vintage U.S. and foreign carded action figures, many of them rare and important pieces. Most have either been resold or professionally appraised for a total of more than $200,000.

The theft came to light after Philip Wise, a good friend, major collector and owner of several Star Wars websites, posted news of the theft of his rare prototype rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure from his Texas warehouse. Zach Tann, a respected toy dealer and collector in Southern California, immediately notified Philip that he had purchased that figure from Carl Edward Cunningham, 45, a well-known Star Wars collector and R2-D2 builder from Marietta, Georgia.

The alleged culprit has been arrested and charged with felony grand theft, and been released on bail.  Sansweet is asking for fans help in locating the stolen items.  He concluded his statement with the following request,

"If you have any information about Carl Cunningham’s activities or items that he has sold please write to If you think you may have purchased a stolen item, please be patient while we work through this process. It is our goal to resolve this situation as quickly as possible and to continue to use the collection at Rancho Obi-Wan to “Inspire through the Force” despite the destruction caused by one person."

This is a terribly unfortunate situation.  Sansweet has been a wonderful ambassador to the Star Wars community for the past few decades and we hope that the situation is resolve quickly and justly.

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