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ANOVOS Costumes and the 501st
by Fleetfang on Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:05 am

You've likely seen the new Star Wars costumes coming from ANOVOS, and there are a lot of questions regarding what will be "501st approved" in terms of applying for Legion membership. We certainly appreciate the interest in joining our ranks and are always looking for more costumed fans to spread the love of Star Wars and to serve the community through charity work!

It is important to understand that approvals in the Legion are based upon several factors, including accurate components and the proper fit of the overall costume. As such, approvals are done on a case-by-case basis when an individual's membership application photos are submitted to local unit membership officers. So there is no such thing as a costume that is "guaranteed" for approval—even a costume purchased from a fellow fan that was already approved may be subject to review when worn on a different person.

What we can tell you is that less-accurate "off the shelf" costumes have been approved with the proper modifications, so it is entirely within the realm of possibility that the new items coming from ANOVOS (including Darth Vader, Jango Fett, a Phase II Clone Trooper, and an Imperial Officer) could be used as the foundation for membership. Also note that the images revealed thus far are prototypes and are therefore subject to change.

We hope this helps to clarify our membership process, particularly as it pertains to licensed costumes. Read more about membership HERE and HERE!

In Memoriam: Andreas Möller SL-2677
by Fleetfang on Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:38 pm

Andreas as Darth Vader, shaking the hand of 501st Honorary Member Anthony "Move Along" Forrest.

Andreas Möller (SL-2677) of the 501st Legion’s German Garrison, passed away on the 9th of June, 2014. Webmaster for his garrison’s Western Squad, Andreas was also an active trooper with over one hundred events to his credit. Big of heart, Andreas was known for his dedication to charitable causes and will live on in the impact that he had on the lives of so many others.

It is with great pride that we now enter Andreas' name into the 501st’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires. Buckets off.

Honoray Member: Confirmed! Jaime Hyneman joins the Legion
by Fleetfang on Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:38 am

Back in 2009, a plan was set in motion to induct the Mythbusters, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, as Honorary Members of the Legion. Five years later, all of the equations have been balanced, and Jamie has at long last joined Adam, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci, and Kari Byron as an Honorary Legionnaire!
Congratulations, Jamie! Keep on bustin'!

Honorary Member (ILM Model Maker for Star Wars Multiple Episodes)
Date: June 21st, 2014
Location: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nv.
Sponsor: Jamie Metz (ID-9522)
Inducted by: Neon City Garrison

In Memoriam: Lance Starmer SL-2640
by Fleetfang on Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:25 am

Lance Starmer, SL-2640 of the 501st Legion, passed away on the 5th of June, 2014. Lance joined the 501st in 2000, as a member of the Empire City Garrison and later found his home in the Northeast Remnant.

Lance always put the fun in trooping. He had an infectious smile, and an uncanny ability to make the folks around him laugh. No matter what kind of day a person was having, Lance could make a comment about something from out of the blue, and you couldn’t help but feel better in his presence. He never took things too seriously, and he had a sharp wit and a twisted sense of humor... a dangerous combination around a bunch of guys and girls dressed in plastic, clinging on to our childhood.

Known for his dedication to charitable causes, Lance was adamant about helping others achieve their costuming best in both the Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica communities, sometimes staying up all night to help a friend build a costume. He is survived by his children Christopher, Lance Jr., Aaron, and Clarissa. But he will be missed by all who knew him.

It is with great pride that we now enter Lance’s name into the 501st’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires. Buckets off, troopers.

The 501st Legion and the Expanded Universe
by Fleetfang on Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:43 pm

New developments at Lucasfilm regarding the continuity of the Star Wars galaxy have cast some doubt on the future of Expanded Universe costumes in the 501st Legion among our members and potential recruits. Now that the LFL Story Group has decreed that the only sources of canonized history are the films and animated television shows, will characters like Grand Admiral Thrawn, Death Troopers, Darth Talon, and Mara Jade have a place in the 501st?

The short answer is a resounding YES! These characters have long had a place in the 501st Legion, and you can rest assured that they are not going anywhere!

If you want to learn more, you can read the entire statement from the 501st Legion's Commanding Officer in the 501st Legion Spotlight!

In Memoriam: Taggart Cline TI-7430
by Fleetfang on Sun May 25, 2014 8:30 pm

Taggart Cline (TI-7430 of Wisconsin Garrison) passed away on the 12th of May, 2014. Holding dual memberships with the ‪‎501st‬ and Rebel Legions allowed Taggart twice the opportunities to share his costuming passions with fans and friends. Along with wearing his costumes to benefit others, Taggart found reward in the smiles of children. We now proudly enter Taggart into the 501st’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires, where his name shall reside in honor forever.

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