Rancho Obi-Wan tour: Bib Fortuna toothpaste, R2-D2 headphones and more Star Wars rarities

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Aug 1, 2017

In case you think you've seen all the Star Wars merchandise that exists out there, we're here to tell you that you are DEAD WRONG. After visiting Rancho Obi-Wan, the non-profit Northern California home of the world's greatest collection of Star Wars artifacts, we were flabbergasted by the sheer number and variety of stuff that has been created to cash in on George Lucas' space saga.

The first video from SYFY WIRE's exclusive tour of the museum spotlighted the absurdly awesome screen-used props and carded action figures, which are worth the trip in their own right. This time, we're going global and bringing you some of the interesting and downright strange merchandise that was sold to the international Star Wars community. Thanks to the ever-helpful Steve Sansweet, Rancho Obi-Wan's devoted and benevolent Emperor, we learned about the rather interesting connection between 1970s Batman and Six Million Dollar Man merchandise and Star Wars swag.

Back in those days, Lucasfilm didn't have quite the iron grip on licensing that it does now, which is why some questionable choices were made regarding Colgate toothpaste tie-ins and also Ewoks and glue sticks. And that's just the officially licensed merch. Sansweet even has an extensive section devoted to bootleg Star Wars action figures.

But probably the coolest thing in this video is related to the Krayt Dragon that made a brief appearance in the Tatooine sequence in A New Hope. It's not only impossibly rare -- like many things at Rancho Obi-Wan -- but also a great example of the unstoppable passion for Star Wars that has fueled the franchise from the beginning.

Check out the video below to hear Steve tell the story. Then visit the comments section and let us know what is your favorite collectible from the video. Enjoy!