Five years ago, I started a STAR WARS costuming fan club celebrating the Imperial
It began with my buying a set of Stormtrooper armor and
"trooping" right here in Columbia during the re-release of
the SPECIAL EDITION films. In fact, my
second outing was
at the Heroes and Dragons store, standing alongside a
Lucasfilm Vader costume!
What began as a humble web page
for fellow troopers to post pictures of their armor has
gradually mushroomed into a worldwide costuming
organization that now comprises 13 countries and over 500
members! The Fighting 501st Legion has been involved in
charity work, fan films, sci-fi conventions, celebrity
appearances, theater premieres, and toy shows.
Dave Prowse — the man behind the mask of Darth Vader
— officially accepted the position of Honorary Leader of the
This May, we have been invited to
Lucasfilm's Star Wars Celebration II in Indianapolis,
where we will appear at every entrance to the convention as
badge-checking security — in-costume!
It's been quite a ride,
and we've made plenty of friends.
Our greatest achievement to date is the
upcoming article on our club in the next issue of STAR
WARS INSIDER coming out February 5!
And it all started at
Heroes and Dragons — Imagine that!
here for more on STAR WARS INSIDER # 58,
from the Official STAR WARS Web Site