People often ask us if a character is eligible for 501st membership. We've put together this page to help explain the criteria we use to make those decisions. Whenever you begin work on a new costume, it's always best to connect with your local GML early on to avoid potential issues as you go.
The Lucasfilm Holocron Database
Lucasfilm maintains a database called the Holocron. This system tracks everything that is Star Wars, and is the perfect place for us to build off of. There are 5 levels of canon currently defined in their system:
- G: Anything in the live action movies or directly from George Lucas
- T: The theatrical and TV versions of The Clone Wars and the future live action TV series.
- C: Continuity, more commonly known as the EU.
- S: Secondary Continuity is the older material: Marvel comics, old novels, and other materials that don't quite fit with the G, T and C levels.
- N: Non-canon, materials that blatantly conflict with more established levels.
Assuming the quality of the build is in keeping with the level expected of the 501st, and that the character is affiliated with the darker side of the stories, anything from the G, T or C levels is eligible.
S and N canon costumes are not admissible.
Beyond the Holocron database, there are a few other important notes on what makes a 501st costume:
- The costume must work within the constraints of human anatomy. Costumes that can only be accurately rendered as puppets (IG-88, General Grievous) are considered props and as such not allowed.
- Video game characters must be part of the official storyline of the game, and cannot be player customized. For example, Starkiller's Sith Stalker costume is acceptable, but a player character from Star Wars Galaxies would not be.
- The character must be represented visually by an officially authorized Star Wars publication. Costumes based only on text descriptions cannot be approved.
- An action figure may be used as supplemental reference, but should not be the only reference for the character.
- Some costumes, while approved for Legion membership, may be deemed inappropriate for certain events. The local garrison command staff / local event coordinator reserves the right to make this judgement as needed.