by Fleetfang on Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:35 pm
From February 20th to February 23rd, the 501st Legion’s Old Line Garrison along with the Rebel Legion’s Terrapin Base were on hand to support the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for their four-day Sci-Fi Spectacular, featuring 501st Legion Honorary Member and Star Trek legend George Takei!
Our troopers' primary duty there was mingling with the various guests as they were waiting for the show to begin, including taking pictures, answering questions about our costumes, and just having a good time with them. During intermission, we would then come back to the lobby and be on hand to snap pictures with those that missed out on us before the show. During intermission, though, the Conductor Jack Everly would choose one of our Troopers to go on stage and guard the Conductor’s Podium. At the end of intermission Mr. Everly would come out and dismiss the Trooper with a Jedi mind trick, stating "‘This is not the Orchestra you're looking for!"
George Takei was there as the host and narrator of the Sci-Fi Spectacular. He would come out right before the Conductor started the Star Trek theme to greet the crowd and give them a story about his time on Star Trek and his adventures in Baltimore, Maryland. He also came out during the Orchestra’s rendition of The Day the Earth Stood Still to deliver Klaatu's famous speech from that classic film.
After the event was over, we were ushered into a little side room and we lined up to get ready to take a picture with Mr. Takei. The first thing he said when he came in the room and saw us was his distinctive "OH MYYY!" He was just such a great guy and loved all our costumes. Thanks for making it a special event for all of us, Mr. Takei! Live long and prosper!
by Fleetfang on Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:35 pm
Geek Picnic is the largest festival of geek culture in Russia. It is filled with popular science lectures, the newest gadgets, and all sorts of nerdy and techie stuff. The Russian Outpost decided to take their chances and add some Star Wars to the geekiness parade, and it absolutely paid off!
501st and Rebel Legion members working on the stand.
Event: Geek Picnic convention
Location: Moscow, All-Russia Exhibition Centre, pavillion #57
Deployment: Saturday, January 25. 2014 and Sunday, January 26, 2014
Nearly every Russian 501st and Rebel Legion member and cadet was in attendance, even bringing their speeder bike replica from Saint Petersburg to Moscow. They organized a small exhibition of Star Wars stuff - from a Dave Prowse-autographed Darth Vader figure to a full suit of Commander Colt armor on a mannequin.
During the convention, the Russian Outpost was collecting money for the charity fund "Podari Zhizn" (or "Gift of Life," http://www.giftoflife.eu/). Expectations on the part of the members were not high, so they were amazed when the 501st/Rebel Legion booth became swamped! Geeks, fans, and (of course) kids with parents were constantly trying out the speeder bike, examining the exhibition, taking photos, and playing Blast-a-Trooper. For two days, three troopers and one cadet performed their BaT duty with very little rest. While the 501st got 'blasted,' Rebels were recharging the NERF blasters.
TD-12113 gets blasted for charity!
At the event, Russian Outpost members also visited the mobile blood bank of the Federal Biomedical Agency that was stationed near the event pavillion. TB-10010 and ID-11100 helped blood service workers with promoting the blood donation efforts. Troopers also thanked donors who were visiting the mobile bank 'in the name of the Empire!'
TB-10010 and ID-11100 stand guard at the blood donation trailer.
Their efforts ended in tremendous success. The 501st and Rebel Legion Russian Outposts collected 48,972 rubles (nearly $1,400)! This is a new record for the Outpost, smashing their previous fundraising record of 13,500 rubles. The collected money will go to Dasha, a three-year-old girl from Moscow who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and recently underwent a surgical operation.
TB-10010 promoting blood donation. The sticker on the armor says "I'm a donor!"
Migeira (Leia Organa)
Light (Shmi Skywalker)
Cadet Alexander (Anakin Skywalker)
by Fleetfang on Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:45 am
Unit Name: Timberline Garrison
Territory: Idaho and Montana, USA
Website: www.idaho501st.com or www.mt501st.com
Unit Established: January, 2010
Current Active Members: 26
Boo at the Zoo - Idaho Falls, Idaho
Timberline Garrison is celebrating it's 9th year of attending this event at Tauphaus Park Zoo.
St. Luke's Hospital - Boise, Idaho
Members of Timberline Garrison have made multiple visits to the children who are spending time in the hospital's children's wing.
Saturday LIVE - Billings, Montana
Timberline Garrison participates in this yearly fundraiser carnival benefiting the Education Foundation, a group that works to enhance educational opportunities for Billings students.
Preston Rodeo Days Parade - Preston, Idaho
For nine years running, Timberline Garrison has marched in the festival parade held in this small town, best known for being the filming location for the movie Napoleon Dynamite!
Fun Facts: Many members of Timberline Garrison are separated by hours of drive time, but that doesn't keep them from trooping with each other! Whether it is one hour, three hours, or even eight hours, Timberline troopers go wherever the Empire calls!
This photo was taken on June 20, 2010 in Nampa, Idaho during intermission at Star Wars in Concert. Members of Timberline Garrison presented 501st Honorary Member Anthony Daniels with a gift basket full of local goodies and a C-3PO cake!
by Fleetfang on Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:34 pm
Monday, December 30th, 2013 was an historic day for the 501st Legion's Singapore Garrison, as it marked the first time that they successfully invaded a children's hospital!
There are only two public hospitals in Singapore with pediatric facilities. The main one, by far, is the KK Women's and Children's Hospital (formerly the Kendang Kerbau ("Buffalo Pen") Hospital), where an overwhelming majority of Singapore's population is born.
Getting clearance for this event was no small feat. Although the 501st loves brightening the days of kids who are stuck in medical care, there are often numerous restrictions and obstacles to approving hospital visits by the 501st. Full credit goes to Jamsari Ahmad, TK-9694, for making initial contact with the hospital and conducting a solo trial run. This was such a long-awaited event, and there were so many interested members that several had to sit it out, otherwise the Empire's troops would have overwhelmed the pediatric ward.
In addition to stunning the patients at KKH with their costumes, the Singapore Garrison also presented a check for $2,000 to the hospital's endowment fund. This money was earned from the unit's appearance at the Social Star Awards last March. They also presented the staff of the hospital with the small gift of an X-Wing silicon ice tray, originally given to the Singapore troopers by the Japanese Garrison through their kind CO, Tenshima-san.
This was the Singapore Garrison's second successful troop working in conjunction with the Rebel Legion's Outer Rim members in their country.
TB-2580 Fatimah Ahmad Afandi
TK-6893 Stanislaus Low
SL-9388 James Tan
"Heco-wan" Herve Cotton
"ForestFire" James Emmann M Lim (501st dual member CC-10109)
See more photos here!
Thanks go out to all who helped make this a day that these children (and troopers!) will never forget!