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.

In Memoriam: Heidi Peterson TI-1938
by Fleetfang on Sat May 24, 2014 10:34 am


Heidi N. Peterson, TI-1938 of 501st Legion’s Old Line Garrison, passed away on the 10th of April, 2014. A long time member of our costuming community, Heidi was well known for her creative generosity and compassion. She will be dearly missed. Those wishing to honor Heidi's memory may send donations to the Baltimore County Animal Shelter, 13800 Manor Road, Baldwin, MD, 21013.

It is with great pride that we enter Heidi’s name into the 501st’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires.

501st Mission Spotlight: Star Wars Day, Rome
by Fleetfang on Thu May 22, 2014 9:19 pm


After two months of planning, more than 100 members of Italica Garrison assembled at the Roman Colosseum for "Star Wars Day." Joined by members of the 501st Legion's German Garrison, the Rebel Legion, and the X1 TIE Fighter Project, they made it a May the Fourth to remember for thousands of Star Wars fans, young and old!

Read the full mission report in the 501st Legion Spotlight!
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In Memoriam: Scott Rose TK-346
by Fleetfang on Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:00 pm


Scott Rose, TK-346 of the Legion's Neon City Garrison, passed away on the morning of April 20th, 2014. Formerly a member of the Georgia Garrison, Scott once lost his home to a fire, stirring his Legion family to action. Donations were gathered to help Scott and his family rebuild. A new set of Stormtrooper armor was also contributed to allow Scott to troop again once his new house was established. He never stopped trying to repay and show his appreciation for those who helped him. Never afraid to speak his mind and humble to the last, he was a shining example of a good man and will be greatly missed. Scott is remembered by his son Brandon, his daughter Savannah, and all those who knew him. He now joins the ranks of our Eternal Legionnaires.

The Empire's Finest: Unveiled!
by Fleetfang on Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:58 pm


The 501st Legion is proud to reveal the first image in our new "Empire's Finest," ad campaign!
Developed over the last several months by Rob Semos (TD-5085), with help from Dean Plantamura (TK-899), Brian Troyan (TB-8968), and Kristen Bankert of the St. John & Partners advertising firm, the campaign aims to highlight the Legion's charitable activities by juxtaposing them with our characters' Star Wars-canon events. At the same time, we aim to show off the incredible detail that is captured by the screen-accurate costumes worn by 501st Legion members. Everything that has been completed so far is merely the beginning of what will be rolled out over the entire coming year, leading up to Star Wars Celebration: Anaheim!

Read more about this exciting new campaign about our charitable works and about the people behind it in the 501st Legion Spotlight!

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