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Costuming Review

When you are ready to join (or get a new costume approved), you will submit your pictures to your GML. At that point, it will follow one of the paths below:

Established character with a Visual Guide entry

If an approved Visual Guide exists for the costume being reviewed, it stands as the official reference for 501st review / approval. The GML will compare the project against that guide and either approve the costume or defer it if revisions are required. If your GML has any questions or concerns, he/she can bring the costume to the Costume Advisory Team for assistance.

Note: As of 03/08/2011 we are in the process of migrating the CRLs into a new content management system. During this transitional period, an approved CRL is one that is located at The older format CRLs at have not yet been reviewed for use as a minimum approval standard. If the CRL entry is not located at the review will fall to the next level on this list, with the CRL being considered a reference to be used at the discretion of the GML.

Please be aware that the visual guide for a given costume may contain notes and requirements unique to that character: Body suits, prosthetics, contact lenses, etc... Please take note of these guidelines on a case by case basis.

Established character without a Visual Guide entry

In the absence of a Visual Guide, your GML will compare your costume against available visual reference. You may be asked to provide the reference materials you used when creating the costume. If your GML has any questions or concerns, he/she can bring the costume to the Costume Advisory Team for assistance.

When a visual guide is not available for a costume the LMO / Costume Advisory Team will make a judgement call on any/all elements of the costume.

Expanded Universe Character

Due to the complexity and rarity of most Expanded Universe characters, we require all EU costumes to be screened by the Legion Membership Officers before approval. Please post the pictures and costumer information to the appropriate section of the GML forum before approving the costumes.

Please note that characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars are NOT considered Expanded Universe (see the Character Approval Statement for an explanation).

New to the Legion Character

New to the Legion is any character (canon or expanded universe) that meets the requirements in the character approval statement but:

  • Has a Visual Guide and less than 4 approved costumes in the Legion.
  • Has no Visual Guide and less than 6 approved costumes in the Legion.

All new to the Legion characters are reviewed by the LMO/Costume Advisory team. The decision is relayed back to your GML. Once the character type in question has sufficient reference / approved costumes in the Legion it will move to GML approval (with the exception of EU, as noted above).

New to the Legion costumers who are approved are encouraged to work with their Detachment Leader to establish a Visual Guide for their costumes.

Additional Notes

The goal of the Legion Membership Officers is to provide a structure for the GMLs to work in that will allow them to make informed decisions about costume approvals that are consistent across the club. We want GMLs to be empowered to make the right choices for their garrison without imposing unnecessary delays.

We strongly encourage GMLs to utilize the Costume Advisory Team sections of the GML forum if there is any question on the status of a costume. It's much better to ask first than regret a decision later! No one person can be expert in every costume type, so please take advantage of the team that has been assembled.

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