Posts Tagged ‘The 501st Legion’

501st Member Plays McVader

Pete Vilmur | February 4, 2010

The 501st French Garrison website recently posted a bunch of images documenting the photo shoot for McDonald’s 2009 French ad campaign which featured Darth Vader sitting in a McDonald’s restaurant “beckoning” his meal (the poster from this campaign just missed being included in the Complete Vader book — read about it here).

If we read our French correctly (ok, we translated through Google), the site states that 501st member Julien Vergnes (aka SL 8106) played the role of Vader for the ad — a pretty big honor, to be sure, although we’re not sure if he, or the guy behind him, was having a better time!

Check out our recent announcement for the new US McDonald’s Star Wars campaign.

How To Dress A Scout Trooper Team | January 27, 2010

Ever wonder how long it takes for a Scout Trooper to get all that gear on? See for yourself with this awesome sped up video of Riblet15 getting into an Imperial Scout Trooper/Biker Scout costume! There’s a lot more involved than you think! As always, props to the guys and gals of The 501st Legion!

WATCH VIDEO: How To Dress A Scout Trooper

GELF Magazine Explores Trooping Team | January 26, 2010

We reported previously about GELF Magazine hosting a monthly Geeking Out night series — with January being all about Star Wars in Brooklyn complete with Del Rey author Jason Fry and members of the local 501st Legion’s Empire City Garrison.

It looks like the magazine sent a gal who’s never been around many costumed Star Wars fans before, and who was looking to make an Imperial love connection. Odd report, but a few endearing quotes:

Guys who are comfortable with who they are, who like to make kids happy, and who will do extraordinary things for each other are rare enough, get a group of them together and I imagine it would be a pretty inspiring sight.

Read the full article here:
Geeking Out with Stormtroopers in Dumbo
(via GELF Magazine)

Star Wars Night in Brooklyn Team | January 21, 2010

GELF Magazine hosts a monthly Geeking Out night and January’s night will focus on Star Wars. Authors Jason Fry and Joe Schreiber will be on hand to talk about Essential Atlas and Death Troopers.

Members of the local 501st Legion’s Empire City Garrison will be discussing trooping!

Get more info here:
January 21: Star Wars Night
(via GELF magazine)

Seasons Greetings from Golden Gate Garrison Team | December 9, 2009

Golden Gate Garrison wishes you all Happy Holidays — and so does the Darth Stewie float!

Photo by Karen Louie, Card by John Schlosser.

Darth Stewie Float & 501st at San Jose Parade Team | December 7, 2009

Our friends in the 501st Legion Golden Gate Garrison marched in the 2009 San Jose Holiday Parade. Not only did fans get to see stormtroopers and Darth Vader, but they were followed by gigantic Darth Stewie float!

WATCH VIDEO: 501st in 2009 San Jose Holiday Parade

Thanks Elton!

Darth Vader Joins Salvation Army Team | November 30, 2009

It’s that time of year again where volunteers dress liked Santa and elves ring a bell outside busy shopping centers to raise money for the Salvation Army.

On Saturday, several volunteers dressed as Star Wars characters took their turn ringing bells at both Jefferson City Wal-mart.

“They figure if characters are willing to come out here dressed up, they’re putting a lot of extra effort into the charity,” said Chris Adams, with the Star Wars 501st Legion, who dressed as Darth Vader. “So they might donate just a little bit extra money than they normally would.”

This is the third year the Star Wars characters volunteered to help ring the bells. The money raised goes to help the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.

Read full article here:
Darth Vader helps ring Salvation Army bells

Elvis Trooper Cube Craft

Bonnie Burton | November 19, 2009

Our favorite Stormtrooper in Flares, Elvis Trooper is now a Cube Craft!

Now everyone can have their very own Elvis Trooper action figure, some assembly required. Big thanks goes out to our friend Paulo from Portugal for designing this awesome papercraft Elvis Trooper figure and not only is a FREE for everyone to build but it will also finish off all the leftover in your fridge too. Build yours today, heck build a full army and send us photos!

Download the Elvis Trooper Cube Craft!

Check out more Stormtrooper and Indy Cube Crafts!

Adrianne Curry at Trooper Fest Team | November 16, 2009

Model, actress and reality TV star Adrianne Curry shows off her Star Wars pride with a costume worthy of the 501st Legion at this year’s Trooper Fest in Las Vegas.


Darth Vader Gives Blood Team | November 12, 2009

Darth Vader might like to end board meetings with a Force choke or two, so when he cares about something enough he’s bound to spill some blood, even if it’s his own. Luckily, in this case it was all for a good cause.

Adam Lochowicz and 10 other 501st Legion members of the Red Back Squad in Queensland dressed as Darth Vader, stormtroopers, a sand trooper and other evil characters from Star Wars to give blood at the Robina blood bank.

Northern Star reports:

Lochowicz said he gave a regular blood donation at the Southport blood bank recently and asked if he could bring some storm trooper friends to the Robina bank for a mass donation.

“There were 11 walk-in donations because we were there so it turned out well,” he said. “It would be good to have a national day where all storm troopers in Australia went out in force and donated blood on the same day.”

Read the full article here:
Troopers storm blood bank (via

Learn more about the Terror Australis Garrison.