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    The Birth of the 501st Legion Part One: Studies in Trooping

    I still remember the smell of popcorn butter. Funny how some things stick with you. It was 1997 and The Empire Strikes Back was premiering in its re-release. To mark the occasion I was squeezing into plastic armor in a back storage room at the local movie theater. That was it. That was the beginning of a long journey as an Imperial Stormtrooper of the 501st Legion, even though I didn’t know it yet.

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    SWCVI: Calling All Fangirls to Strike a Pose at Celebration VI

    This week, we announced our Her Universe plans for Celebration VI. One of the events I’m most excited about is our Her Universe photo shoot! Girls have been telling me for the past two years that they want to be a Her Universe model. Well I agree, and I’m so excited to finally be able to get everyone together for a professional photo shoot! Fangirls come in all ages, shapes and sizes and I want to represent our Her Universe brand with real fans. Professional photographer Preston Mack, who shot my Ahsoka Tano cosplay photos seen here in this CNN […]

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    The Celebration That Almost Wasn’t

    It’s hard for me to believe that we are almost upon the sixth Star Wars Celebration! Every few years, fans look forward to the mecca of Star Wars events and this year’s convention is shaping up to be the best ever.

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    SWCVI: How Star Wars Saga in 60 Minutes Came to Be

    Ten years ago, George Lucas asked me to do something.  And I didn’t do it.  I didn’t not do it to be a jerk.  I didn’t try and wait to give myself time to grow a better beard than him.  (I couldn’t do it anyway.  That dude knows how to rock a beard, especially as I can barely keep my 90’s goatee in line.)  No, there were a bunch of reasons.  Life reasons.  Work reasons.  Fear.  Laziness.  Parenthood.  But in the end, I did what he asked and now I really hope he’s cool with it.

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    SWCVI: We Call Her Roxy

    As a member of the 501st Legion’s Florida Garrison since 1999, I’ve been fortunate enough to take part in dozens of trooping events throughout the Sunshine State. And out of all of those memorable dates, none has stood out so much in my mind as Star Wars Celebration V two years ago. When I found out that Celebration would be returning to Orlando in 2012, my mind immediately shifted into overdrive as I began to think of what the 501st could possibly do to top the biggest Star Wars fan gathering of 2010.

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    SWCVI: Your Guide to the Celebration VI Tattoo Pavilion

    After 4 incredibly successful Celebration tattoo events, I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to help bring the biggest and best Celebration Tattoo Pavilion ever hosted to CVI! Marc Draven and I have pulled out all the stops for this one and there’s a lot going on in our little area. We know that trying to navigate your way around all the incredible Celebration events can be daunting and trying to remember exactly what’s going on in every area is no easy feat. So, to help make your Celebration tattoo experience the absolute best possible , we’ve […]

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    SWCVI: Bounty Hunters, We DO need your scum!

    Hello! I’m James and I’m one half of the brains behind the Bounty Hunt atStar Wars Celebration VI. My friend Dan and I have been organizing photo scavenger hunts and puzzle races for several years now, and we’re bringing all our fiendish fun to Orlando. We think that the Bounty Hunt is great for Star Wars fans who want to do something fun, exciting, and active at CVI. This is our third time putting on a clue solving adventure at Star Wars Celebration, and we’ve got a few new tricks for this year.

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    DIY Jabba the Hutt Shoes

    It’s no secret that I have a crush on Jabba the Hutt. What can I say? I find his laugh irresistible. So what better way to show my love for the coolest gangster in the galaxy than by wearing him on my feet! Recently crafters have been hand-painting TOMS shoes with their favorite Star Wars characters. There have been shoes inspired by R2-D2, C-3PO, and even Boba Fett. For my Jabba-inspired footwear, I snagged an olive green pair and set out to make my sluggy slip-ons!

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