Sith Lord Detachment Banner

Episode I Darth Maul full image

Model: SL-3940, Photo by: Debra Ellis

Sith Lord Detachment 

Description: Emperor Palpatine ROTJ
Prefix: SL
Detachment: Sith Lord Detachment
Context: Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi
Master of the Dark Side of the the Force, Darth Sidious maintains rule over the galaxy from his ruthlessly established public role as Emperor.

Costume components:

Emperor Palpatine Make up

1. Dark Side Corruption: Halloween style masks are not allowed. Prosthetic appliances must be made from silicone, foam latex or gelatin. The color of the prosthetic appliances should closely match the flesh tones seen on screen. If desired, a high quality bald cap may be used. The prosthetic appliance must be well blended into the skin reducing the noticeable separation between the skin around the eyes and mouth and the appliance.

Teeth are optionally blackened and browned using tooth enamels in layers to produce a mottled look.

Palpatine Hand Make up

2. Hand Corruption: Hands should be made up with high quality cosmetics and latex old age stipple or prosthetic appliances simulating old age. The nails can be optionally colored with a yellow base and brown and black at the edges of the nail.

Emperor Palpatine Contact Lense
3. Sith Eyes: The characteristic gaze of one who is given over to the Dark Side is achieved with special effects contact lenses. These lenses are described as a fiery yellow transitioning into a brilliant red.

While considered an essential part of this character, contact lenses are not required for 501st acceptance. All persons wishing to utilize contact lenses are encouraged to first see their optometrist for a fitting.

Emperor Palpatine Inner Robe 4. Under Robe: Cut in a kimono style, and made of dark charcoal grey, wool, or similar material of weight and texture. Lengthwise it extends to less than an inch above the foot wear in both the front and back. The robe ties at three points on the inside and three points on the outside near the side of the chest, waist and hips.

Emperor Palpatine Outer Robe

5. Outer Robe: Black, non glossy fabric with a square waffle style weave or texture. If lined, outer robe should be lined with same waffle style material. Robe falls from the shoulders to the hem which should be less than one inch above the floor.

Sleeve length should reach to just below the wrists. Top of sleeves should be permanently gathered or shirred.

Bottom of the sleeves should extend to wearer's knees when hands are folded across wearer's stomach. Hood should consist of either one piece or two pieces sewn together with the seam running down the center of the hood.

Emperor Palpatine Brooch

6. Brooch: The brooch should have a smooth high gloss finish. The Brooch can be carved or sculpted and should contain pin style backings or clasp style backings. Brooch should measure no more than one and thee quarters high by two and three quarters in wide.

Emperor Palpatine Sash 7. Sash: The sash should be the same material as the inner robe and should be approximately two and one half inches in width and should extend to just above of the wearer’s knees. The sash has squared ends.

Emperor Palpatine Boots

8. Foot wear: "Wellington" or cowboy style work boots in black leather or rough suede with out decoration or laces.

As an alternative rough suede slip-on style shoes without decoration or laces may be worn.

Costume accessories:

Emperor Palpatine Cane

9. Cane: The cane should be made of wood, resin, or other durable material. The finish should be smooth glossy black. The can should also feature knurls or twists such as that seen on screen (ROTJ only).

Emperor Palpatine Cane

10. Lightsaber: Scratch built or high-end prop replica.

*Some costumes sold as licensed costumes may require modifications for approval into the 501st Legion. Please see the Sith Lord Detachment for rules on modification of these costumes.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 January, 2011 21:36

If you have a question about the qualifications of a particular costume or want to know if a specific character/costume is accepted in the 501st Legion, please e-mail the Legion Membership Officer.

Ask a Question
Honorary Members
Off Duty
501st Fan Mail
501st Trading Cards
The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.