Posts Tagged ‘The 501st Legion’

501st Legion in the Record Books Team | October 15, 2007

The new 2008 Guinness Book of World Records now lists the 501st Legion as the world’s “Largest Star Wars Costume Group.”

According to

Page 174 of the newly-published book features a write-up and photos of the stormtroopers from the 2007 Rose Parade. Click here for a photo of the page.

Congratulations to everyone in the 501st Legion!

To read more about the 501st, check out our Know a Legion series on

Stormtroopers Invade Weird Al Concert Team | September 24, 2007

(photo by Bob DeSimone)

A recent concert review in New York Magazine reveals that our favorite comedian/singer/curly-haired god — Weird Al — invited the Empire City Garrison of the 501st Legion which included a Darth Vader, two sandtroopers and 10 stormtroopers to come up on stage with him — impressing fans including this music critic!

The evening’s undeniable highlight was the half-hour mash-up of Al’s best-loved song parodies — yep, he played “Eat It.” “Amish Paradise” too — culminating in “The Saga Continues,” his Star Wars–themed version of Don McLean’s “American Pie,” for which he was flanked by Darth Vader and eight dancing Stormtroopers. Even some girls enjoyed it!

Read the full review here:
‘Weird Al’: Still Great! (via New York Magazine)

Be sure to check out our own interview with Weird Al about his love for Star Wars here on
“Weird Al” — Nerdy Something

Chewie Hands off Lightsaber to NASA Team | August 28, 2007

Luke Skywalker’s original Jedi lightsaber film prop from Return of the Jedi makes its way into space (for real) with NASA astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery in October. To commemorate the historic event, Star Wars characters visited the Oakland International Airport where Chewbacca handed the lightsaber over to NASA’s Space Center Houston during a special ceremony on Aug. 28, 2007.

Arriving by Escalade and Hummer stretch limos (the Falcon‘s in the shop) Boba Fett, Jango Fett, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, X-Wing pilots, Jedi and stormtroopers (from the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion) accompanied Chewie for the fun-filled press event which took quite a few travelers and tourists in baggage claim by surprise. NASA’s Space Center Houston Director of Marketing Roger Bornstein greeted the intergalactic guests and warmly thanked everyone’s favorite Wookiee for bringing him Luke’s lightsaber.


Celebrating Elvis Star Wars Style Team | August 14, 2007

August 16 marks the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death and while fans everywhere are celebrating his contributions to rock ‘n roll, Star Wars fans have their own way of feeling the King’s presence in the form of a very special stormtrooper.

Hailing from Merced, Calif., Ken the Elvis Trooper (TK-432) is one member of the 501st Legion that all fans can find easily in a convention crowd. Wearing sunglasses, a white cape and of course stormtrooper armor, you’ll find Elvis Trooper at cons wooing the ladies with his “Thankyaverymuch” drawl and taking endless photos with fans.

Recently this year, Gentle Giant Studios released a limited-edition mini-bust of Elvis Trooper as a collectible replica which made fandom history as this was the first time the company released a replica of a fan. Proceeds went to help the fight against cancer.

To quote the wise Master himself (Mojo Nixon, not Yoda): “Elvis is everywhere.”

Check out Elvis Trooper online here:
Elvis Trooper’s MySpace Page
Photos tagged Elvis Trooper (Flickr)

No More Gutterballs for Darth Vader Team | August 7, 2007

While bowling enthusiasts knocked down pins for the last time at their beloved Plympton Megabowl in the United Kingdom, Darth Vader and his gang stopped by to join in the closing festivities.

A host of Star Wars characters were out in force to ensure the final session at the rink was not a sombre and sad occasion. Also on hand to give their own bowling tips were Darth Maul, a collection of Imperial stormtroopers, Queen Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.

To read the full story click here:
Star Wars Fans See Off Megabowl in Style

SOURCE: This is

Swing Trooper Swing!

Bonnie Burton | July 18, 2007

On July 14, the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers Class A affiliate) wore Lucasfilm-approved Star Wars baseball jerseys at their home game against the Beloit Snappers in Comstock Park, Michigan. reports:

The jerseys were designed by 501st member Scott “Crow” Withers (TK-1491) and 10 game-worn jerseys were auctioned for one of our favorite charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The 501st Midwest Garrison and Rebel Legion Midwest Base had 34 costumers at the game. Highlights include Vader throwing out the first pitch, 501st member Brien Skinner (TC-8595) playing the National Anthem on guitar in full Clone Trooper armor, photos for charity donation, and costumers participating in games in between innings. After the game, there was a fireworks display and fans watched A New Hope on the giant scoreboard!


501st Donning Suits and TIE for GALA Parade Team | July 2, 2007


Members of the 501st Legion recently descended on the GALA parade in Crystal Lake, Illinois on Sunday donning suits and tie – TIE fighter, that is.

According to the Northwest Herald, the half-ton reproduction of Return of the Jedi’s Imperial TIE interceptor ship took over 400 hours to construct by five members of the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake, IL., led by Raue Center member Glenn Chelius.

Thanks to for the link. Photo by Phyllis Schulte (TK-1951).

Darth Vader Wants His Toaster Team | June 26, 2007

According to folks at, “The 501st UK Garrison members Adrian Baseley (SL-7484), Leigh Lewis (TK-4128), and Tony Velda (TK-5994) will appear as Darth Vader and his stormtroopers in a sitcom-style advertisement for Woolworths stores.”

The advert features the jovial puppets and brand characters Wooly and Worth, as well as the Dark Lord of the Sith who sends one of the puppets on a quest to Woolworths for a toaster so he can properly make a traditional UK breakfast of beans and toast.

The commercial has been scheduled to appear on UK television in September, and as reported in UTalk Marketing, “the ad, which promotes the company’s new ‘Worthit!’ brand and has been created by Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), breaks before Pearl & Dean screenings of the latest films including Oceans 13, Fantastic Four 2 and Shrek 3 in the UK.”

Click here to watch the video.