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Stephen J. Sansweet
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Stephen J. Sansweet is the director of content management at Lucasfilm and the owner of world's largest private collection of Star Wars items located at his house which he calls "Rancho Obi-Wan". Sansweet is also the author of several books on the topic. He also had an uncredited cameo as a "Naboo courier" in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He lives in Sonoma County, California.

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Sansweet was born and educated in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He studied at Temple University from 1962 to 1966, majoring in journalism. Three years after graduating, in 1969, he began work as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal in both Philadelphia and Montreal. He was promoted to deputy bureau chief in 1984, and later the chief of Wall Street Journal's Los Angeles bureau in 1987. In February 1996, he joined Lucasfilm as director of specialty marketing. He is currently director of content management and in charge of fan relations.[2]

Sansweet's collection has also been featured on the History Channel's Boy's Toys special "Private Collections".


Star Wars books

Title Release date
Star Wars: From Concept To Screen To Collectible 1992
Tomart's Price Guide To Star Wars Collectibles 1994, revised 1997
I'd Just as Soon Kiss a Wookiee: The Quotable Star Wars 1996
Star Wars Encyclopedia 1998
Star Wars Scrapbook: The Essential Collection 1998
The Pocket Manual of Star Wars Collectibles 1998
Anakin Skywalker: The Story of Darth Vader 1998
Star Wars: The Action Figure Archive February 1, 1999
C-3PO: Tales of the Golden Droid[3] November 1, 1999
Star Wars Chronicles: The Prequels[4] 2005
The Star Wars Poster Book[5] October 2005
The Star Wars Vault 2007
The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia[6] November 4, 2008
Star Wars: The Complete Vader[7] October 27, 2009
Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles: Memorabilia and Stories From A Galaxy Far, Far Away November, 2009

Non-Star Wars books

Title Release date
The Punishment Cure 1976
Science Fiction Toys And Models 1980

Magazine work

Title Release date
Star Wars Insider: "Scouting the Galaxy" section in every issue/multiple collecting columns
Star Wars Galaxy magazine: multiple collecting columns
Star Wars Magazine UK: issues 51, 66

Sansweet also served as writer and editor for five Star Wars trading card sets for Topps, Inc.


Title Release date Role
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace May 19, 1999 Naboo courier (uncredited)
Heart of an Empire 2007 Himself


Title Release date Role
R2-D2: Beneath the Dome 2001 The Mayor
The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards 2002 very special thanks
Cartoon Cartoon Fridays: "Tommy Visits Rancho Obi-Wan" April 9, 2004 Himself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy 2004 fan relations: Lucasfilm (as Stephen J. Sansweet)
The Screensavers: September 27, 2005 episode September 27, 2005 Himself

Sansweet has also co-hosted several QVC Star Wars Collection broadcasts.


Notes and references

  1. Steve Sansweet at the Internet Movie Database
  2. LinkedIn: Steve Sansweet
  3. Images of his Rancho Obi-Wan are used
  4. Co-authored with Pablo Hidalgo
  5. Co-authored with Pete Vilmur
  6. Co-authored with Pablo Hidalgo
  7. Forward only

External links

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