(Photo by Percy Ricaud)
Although he’s been a Honorary Member of the 501st since October 2005, Star Wars actor Jay Laga’aia (Captain Typho) always had full intentions of becoming an armor-wearing member of the 501st. On May 14, Jay realized his dream and was approved as TK-6352 of the Terror Australis Garrison.
To preserve the surprise, local members were bound to secrecy even as they helped Jay acquire and assemble his stormtrooper armor, and the tongue-in-cheek alias of “Jasson Lagguinski” was used throughout the member application process.
Jay is the 2009 Star Wars Weekends celebrity host from May 22 to June 14 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, and hopes to don the armor for his first official troop sometime during his visit. Jay will be joined each weekend by other Star Wars Weekends mainstays such as Jeremy Bulloch, Warwick Davis, Dave Filoni, Peter Mayhew, Temuera Morrison, Ray Park, David Prowse and Matthew Wood and — of course — the 501st Legion.
Congrats Jay! We all look forward to see you suited up!