Posts Tagged ‘The 501st Legion’



WonderCon 2009: Best Star Wars Costumes

Bonnie Burton | March 4, 2009

Even though San Francisco’s WonderCon is much smaller than the epic San Diego Comic-Con International, you literally can’t walk past a booth without bumping into a costumed fan.

Each year WonderCon gets a little bit bigger which means more and more fans dressed as superheroes, video game characters, horror film icons, steampunkers, vampires, dragons, pirates, manga and anime favorites, and of course, Star Wars characters.

As usual members of the 501st and Rebel Legion were out in full Force. Here’s a recap of some of the best Star Wars costumes we spotted at WonderCon 2009.


What a Trooper!
It just isn’t a convention without spotting 501st Legion members dressed as clone troopers and stormtroopers. The 501st always impress with their custom-made body armor, but it’s their patience with hundreds of people who want their photos taken with them every five steps that make them real troopers. If you want to learn more about the 501st Legion, check out: Inside the Fighting 501st.


Rebel, Rebel!
Next up, the Rebel Legion. These fans dress as Jedi, Rebel Pilots, Princess Leias and more. At this year’s WonderCon they could be seen hanging out with the 501st or I suppose infiltrating the Empire depending on how you look at it. If you’d like to find out more about them, visit the Official Rebel Legion site here.


Darth Vader
While The Clone Wars may be taking fandom my storm, Darth Vader still dominates all the photo ops at WonderCon. He’s not called a Sith Lord for nothing.

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Star Wars Hockey Jersey for Charity

StarWars.com Team | February 13, 2009

PORT HURON, MI – “May the Force be with you” on Saturday, Feb. 28 when the Port Huron Icehawks hold their second annual Star Wars Night at McMorran Arena. Tickets are just $5 for kids 14-and-under and seniors 62-and-over.

Characters from the classic Star Wars films will descend on the rink as the Icehawks take on the Bloomington PrairieThunder at 7:30 p.m. Meet over a dozen characters from the 501st and Rebel Legions and get your photo taken in front of a Death Star backdrop. You can also test your skills at the Blaster Range, see a Sandtrooper on skates and watch to see which character drops the ceremonial first puck.

The players will also wear specialty Star Wars jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game in a live, on-ice auction. Don’t miss your chance to own this one-of-a-kind piece of Icehawks/Star Wars memorabilia. Proceeds benefit the Cherry Beach Council on Aging.

Star Wars Night is a unique and fun night out. Bring the whole family to enjoy some quality hockey and see characters from the popular films up close,” Icehawks Game Day and Community Relations Coordinator Kelly Carroll said. “We have discounted our tickets for this special night so that it is affordable for the entire family.”

Tickets for Star Wars Night and all Icehawks home games are available now at the Icehawks office, McMorran Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations and www.ticketmaster.com. The discounted tickets for kids and seniors can be purchased day of game only. For more information call 810-966-3800.

Get more info here.

Fanboys Premiere – San Francisco

StarWars.com Team | February 5, 2009


(Fanboys director Kyle Newman, actress Jaime King, Clone Wars director Dave Filoni)

Celebrities, stormtroopers and even R2-D2, came out in full Force for the San Francisco screening of Fanboys, courtesy of GenArt, on Feb. 4. Director Kyle Newman, screenwriter Ernie Cline, along with Fanboys cast members Jaime King, Chris Marquette, and Dan Fogler answered questions at the screening from fans.

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Troopers in Race to Witch Mountain

Bonnie Burton | January 29, 2009

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is back in the Disney remake of the 1975 film Race to Witch Mountain. He plays a taxi-driving bodyguard who protects two mysterious kids with paranormal abilities.

At the beginning of the trailer, check out a cameo of two stormtroopers on their way to a “UFO convention.”

Watch Race to Witch Mountain Super Bowl Spot!
(via MTV Movies Blog)

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SOURCE: Club Jade Twitter

Tilt-shift Star Wars

Bonnie Burton | January 22, 2009


(501st group shot from Celebration IV — original photo here.)

When we first read about TiltShiftMaker.com on BoingBoing.net we were so impressed with how easy it was to turn any photo of a real-life scene into what appears to be a toy diorama. Living, breathing 501st members look like custom action figures, the Lucasfilm campus looks like a model, and crowds at conventions like Celebration IV and Celebration Europe look like intricate dioramas.

Check out some of the photos we’ve made so far:


(Crowd shot from Celebration Europe — original photo here.)

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Dragon*Con Photo Recap

Bonnie Burton | September 2, 2008


(Photo by Allison Sohn)

Over Labor Day weekend sci-fi and fantasy-loving fans descended on Atlanta, GA for the yearly extrava-geek-ganza that is none other than Dragon*Con. One of the most exciting events of the con is the parade. Here’s some snapshots from the costume catwalk taken by artist Allison Sohn.

Check out more photos below.

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JediOKC Clone Wars Charity Event

Bonnie Burton | August 15, 2008

If you live in Oklahoma City, be sure to head over to the Harkin’s Bricktown Cinemas 16 on Friday, August 15 from 5-10 p.m. and on Saturday, August 16, 5-10 p.m. for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Premiere Charity Event.

Members of the JediOKC will be in costume as your favorite Clone Wars characters. There will be drawings and giveaways for prizes held through both evenings. Wear a costume for chances to win more prizes.

The group is collecting new clothes for the children at Integris Mental Health Center, Spencer, OK. So bring a new youth t-shirt (tags still attached) for more chances to win prizes!

JediOKC Treasurer Brian Weeks writes:

I just wanted to share with both of you our event plans for the premiere this weekend. We’re really gearing up for this by fundraising for the Integris Children’s Hospital, Spencer, OK and have over $3000 in giveaways donated already from local businesses.

Read more about the event here:
Children benefit from local Star Wars club (News9.com)

Get all the details about the premiere and the charity drive here on the JediOKC site.

Clone Wars Opening Weekend Events

StarWars.com Team | August 14, 2008


(Photo by Pablo Hidalgo)

If you’re planning on catching the release of Star Wars: The Clone Wars in theaters this weekend, you might end up seeing a few Clone troopers in the area. Check the list below to see if your local 501st Legion garrison or outpost — as well as characters from the Rebel Legion — will be waiting for you.

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Comic-Con 2008: Best Star Wars Costumes

Bonnie Burton | July 31, 2008

When you’re at San Diego Comic-Con, it’s nearly impossible to walk more than a few feet and not run into a fan in costume. Every year the convention center is flooded with various versions of superheroes, video game characters, horror film icons, pirates, steampunk kids, vampires, werewolves, manga and anime favorites, food mascots and of course lots and lots of Star Wars characters. Even though it seemed the Joker costumes dominated the con, the 501st and Rebel Legion were out in full force, as were fans dressed as Yoda, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Jedi and even a couple of TIE Fighters.

Here’s a recap of some of the best costumes we spotted.


Clones! Clones! Clones!
With the highly-anticipated movie and TV show — The Clone Wars — on everyone’s minds, it was the 501st Legion members dressed as clone troopers and stormtroopers who dominated all the photo ops at the Star Wars Pavillion this year. There’s really no way to outdo the 501st when it comes to their impressive body armor and always-in-character demeanor. Nothing beats seeing a kid’s eyes light up when he sees a trooper walking towards him. It just wouldn’t be a proper Comic-Con experience without them. If you want to learn more about the 501st Legion, check out: Inside the Fighting 501st.


Rebel pilots
In addition to the 501st, there’s the Rebel Legion. These guys and gals dress as Jedi, Rebel Pilots, Princesses and even Wookiees, and show up to conventions, charity events and more, much like the 501st. If you’d like to find out more about them, visit the Official Rebel Legion site here.


Ahsoka Tano and Stormtrooper
Thanks to The Clone Wars, little girls everywhere get a new character to dress as for conventions and Halloween. Meet the latest sassy female to hit Star WarsAhsoka Tano.

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501st Legion Charity Quilt Project

Bonnie Burton | July 24, 2008

For the past year devouted Star Wars fan and craftster Terri Fontana-Hodges has been collecting patches from Garrisons, Detachments and Squads of the 501st Legion from all over the world. The purpose, to create a unique quilt to help raise money for the Make A Wish foundation.

The quilt features 91 different patches from all over the globe,
including some of the rarest patches created. A few that should be
pointed out:

The Rose Bowl Parade patch
The Celebration IV patch
The Japanese garrison
The Israeli Garrison
Saudi Arabia Garrison
Holmes Trooper patch
The Patch Girl patch
(made in limited quantities by the Golden Gate Garrison for raising funds and patches for the project)
as well as a number of special events and Memorial patches.

These patches are not offered to the general public and many are hard or near impossible to get by even members of the Legion.

The Quilt will be on display at the 501st legion booth during San Diego Comic-Con July 24-27 and the auction ends on the evening of July 26. ALL proceeds go to The Make A Wish Foundation.

Check out the charity auction here:
501st Charity Patch Quilt