Posts Tagged ‘The 501st Legion’



Virtual Twitter Podrace Recap

Bonnie Burton | January 23, 2012

To celebrate the release of The Phantom Menace in 3D (out in theaters Feb. 10, 2012), we asked some of our favorite Star Wars fan groups, celebs and Clone Wars actors to rev their engines for our first ever Virtual Podrace on Twitter!

On Jan. 14, 2012, fans gathered together to watch and have fun participating in our virtual podrace. While some tweeted at their favorite racers, other fans went a step further and joined the virtual pit droid crew!

The Podracers included:
Cyborgturkey AKA Robot Chicken, TheForce.net, Darth Vader, Ben Quadinaros, Deathstar PR, 501st Legion, Fanboys director Kyle Newman, Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan, The Clone Wars actor James Arnold Taylor, and Team Unicorn members: Clare Grant, Michele Boyd, and Milynn Sarley. Plus special guest sniper, bounty hunter Aurra Sing voice actor from The Clone WarsJaime King!

Podracers tweeted as themselves, or as the characters they play in The Clone Wars. The @StarWars Twitter served as the commentator who called out play by play action by rolling dice to determine who went forward, who had engine problems, who got shot at by a bounty hunter, who sped ahead and who got sideswiped.

As the @StarWars Twitter tweeted play by play actions, the Podracers tweeted what was happening to them and the racers around them.

Everyone used the hashtag #Podrace at the end of their tweets so the Podrace could be followed by fans on Twitter who wanted to see the action.

There were a lot of explosions on the racetrack, surprise sniping from none other than Jaime King as Aurra Sing, a surprising romance with Darth Vader and plenty of hilarious comments from the racers!

And in the end, none other than The 501st Legion won the Podrace!

Our Virtual race was so popular that we even got the hashtag #Podrace to trend on Twitter! Yay us!

For those of you who missed all the action, here’s the play by play for you below. READ THE TWEETS FROM BOTTOM TO TOP to follow the race in its entirety.

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Carbon Fiber Stormtroopers!

Bonnie Burton | November 16, 2011

When talented Star Wars fans work at a company that sells carbon fiber, it’s only a matter of time before they construct something awesome in honor of the 501st Legion. Check out this rather innovative Stormtrooper armor made from carbon fiber!

Leonard Carson, an engineering technician for San Diego Composites, had been toying around with this idea of a carbon fiber Stormtrooper for a long time. He finally convinced three of his engineering co-workers to jump on board with turning this carbon fiber idea, into a carbon fiber reality. Being the huge Star War fans that they are, and often working with the material for their composites company, I’d have to guess not too much convincing was necessary.

And so the thought process began. There was a lot to consider for this project, especially cost. We all know how pricey our precious carbon fiber material can be. Other than that, the four troopers needed to think about the most logical tooling, finishing and best processes to use. They used all grade A materials from a local supplier, and their employer, San Diego Composites, donated some resources to the project as well.

Read more here:
Star Wars Fans + Carbon Fiber Enthusiasts = Carbon Fiber Stormtroopers
(/via Carbonfibergear.com)


The “As You Wish” Charity Project Announced

| September 27, 2011

The official Celebration VI site just posted an announcement for the “As You Wish” charity art helmet project, which will present scores of artist-designed Boba Fett and Stormtrooper helmets to be auctioned off online after the show.

Art Andrews from The Dented Helmet costuming group, and Chris Romines from the 501st Legion are heading up the effort with support from eFx.

“Some of the artists involved in this project include Joe Johnston (the original designer/painter for Boba Fett and the director of Captain America); Weta Workshop (New Zealand FX Studio: Lord of the Rings and District 9); and Jim Lee (DC Comic Artist),” says Andrews.

Check out the full announcement at the CVI site and get updates on the project at Facebook.

Muppet Troopers!

StarWars.com Team | September 26, 2011

In honor of Jim Henson’s birthday, 501st members Mike Lica and Derek Lane-Waters paid homage to their favorite Muppets with these hilarious modifications to their armor while attending Detroit Fanfare!

StarWars.com chats with Mike and Derek about their Muppet-tastic Stormtrooper costumes!

What made you want to dress up as a Muppet Trooper?

Mike Lica: Before Star Wars there were the Muppets . I was 9 years old when the Muppets came out and the Muppets were still a big hit when Star Wars arrived. These were the two things all kids talked about and then it happened — Star Wars and the Muppets meet on The Muppet Show. This was great because back then you really looked forward to Star Wars characters appearing on shows like the Muppets, Donnie & Marie show etc. One day Derek and I were talking about this project and knew it would be possible if the right planning was done and after month’s of preparation we finally made it a reality. I look forward to the next time we can make another appearance as Muppet Troopers.

Derek Lane-Waters: I grew up watching Star Wars and the Muppets. I have always connected with both, especially when Frank Oz performed as Yoda. Plus my favorite episode of The Muppet Show was the Star Wars episode with Luke, Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2.

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Comic-Con 2011: Best Star Wars Costumes

StarWars.com Team | July 27, 2011


Team Unicorn as the Nightsisters from The Clone Wars

Every year at San Diego Comic-Con International, it’s easy to spot a stormtrooper from The 501st Legion, a Jedi or Rebel pilot from The Rebel Legion, and the essential Slave Leia. But there are also those fans who go above and beyond to make some of the coolest, original costumes on their own — whether it’s a Death Star dress fit for the runway or a homemade Jawa costume or even an impressive group of Nightsisters.

Here’s some of our favorite Star Wars costumes spotted at this year’s Comic-Con.


Han and Leia make an Imperial friend.


The Rebel Legion guard The Rebel Base Experience at Comic-Con from pesky stormtroopers.


Don’t mess with Black Ops!


Star Wars vlogger Jennifer Landa shows off her Death Star dress.


Death Trooper hopes to find a snack amongst the crowd.


AJ shows off her Rebel Pilot dress made using a man’s Rebel Pilot costume as the material!


A Jawa searches for some broken down droids at Comic-Con.

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Chewbacca in the Civil War?

StarWars.com Team | April 13, 2011


(Columbus Dispatch photo by Jeff Hinckley)

Civil War re-enactors are joined by pop culture cosplayers including members of the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion who got into the fun at the Ohio Statehouse lawn to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Sunday, April 10 , 2011.

WonderCon 2011 Recap

StarWars.com Team | April 8, 2011

The Rebel Legion group shot at WonderCon.Death Trooper posing for photos? Pint-sized Ahsoka Tano and Clone Trooper hanging out? Jabba the Hutt lurking in the food court? Yup, it’s that time of year for WonderCon in San Francisco. Three full days of comics, movies, TV shows, costumes, celebrities, artists, droid builders and more!

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MythBusters Grant Imahara Inducted into the 501st

StarWars.com Team | April 7, 2011

Amongst the cosplayers, droids, and comic book fans attending this year’s WonderCon in San Francisco, California, MythBusters Build Team member Grant Imahara was inducted as a 501st Legion Honorary Member by the Golden Gate Garrison (with special help from the Southern California Garrison.)

WATCH VIDEO: The 501st induct Grant Imahara at WonderCon

Grant is well-known on Discovery Channel’s hit show Mythbusters, but he started at THX then went on to make some amazing sets, droids and props at Industrial Light and Magic as a modelmaker. His robot-building skills are legendary — not only for his work on R2-D2 alongside ILM’s Don Bies, but for the lovable Energizer Bunny, his intimidating fighting robots, and his latest creation of first robotic talk show sidekick Geoff Petersen, for Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show.

In 2004, the ILM rock stars were asked to compete in Junkyard Mega-Wars: At The Movies. Grant and his ILM team made a gigantic, flame-throwing R2-D2, and of course won the competition.

You can see that awesome R2-D2 in action here:
WATCH VIDEO: Junkyard Mega-Wars: At the Movies

Grant has also been featured over the years on StarWars.com for Putting Star Wars to the MythBusters Test, for being a big fan of The Clone Wars and for his w00tstock spoken word performance about dressing up as C-3PO.

We chatted with Grant about his induction into one of the coolest Star Wars groups in the galaxy — The 501st Legion — and whether this means we can expect his droids to be moonlighting for the Empire…

Was it a complete surprise?
Actually yes! You kept hinting at a surprise during WonderCon, with a specific time and place that I needed to be. If you watch the video, I don’t actually realize what’s happening until they announce it! You know, I talk on camera all day long and I’ve done tons of public speaking, but I was so surprised and overwhelmed in that moment that I feel like I was a bit tongue-tied.

If you’re now in the 501st, does that mean all robots you build will be secretly working for Darth Vader?
Ha! I think all my robots secretly work for me! Think about it: the Energizer Bunny, Geoff Peterson (the robot skeleton sidekick from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), my combat robot Deadblow, and certain R2 units… that would be a pretty formidable army!

Why are you proud to be part of the 501st Legion?
It’s a real honor to be inducted into a group that not only strives for accuracy in representing these characters from a saga that I love, but also does volunteer community service and is considered a part of Lucasfilm’s “extended family.”


Be sure to follow both Grant Imahara and The 501st Legion on Twitter.

Star Wars Broom Ball!

StarWars.com Team | March 16, 2011

Recently, the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion battled it out on ice by way of broom ball at the Port Huron Fighting Falcon’s Star Wars Night event. Extra points for Darth Maul checking a Jedi into the wall.

WATCH VIDEO: Star Wars Broom Ball

R2-D2 Hits the Basketball Court

StarWars.com Team | January 31, 2011

Photos: Nate Billings

It was a proper Star Wars invasion at the University of Colorado and the University of Oklahoma game at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011.

Darth Vader, R2-D2, members of the 501st Legion, and Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew were also in attendance.

Check more photos here.