For members of the 501st and Rebel Legions — worldwide costuming fan groups — each day offers another opportunity to help bring Star Wars to life. Making public appearances in support of our local communities and charitable organizations is the primary reason members put so many hours into making sure their outfits are accurate — so that Star Wars fans everywhere may experience Star Wars in their own neighborhoods.
And as part of these worldwide organizations, members of the Legions also come together for larger events to celebrate Star Wars, especially during what is generally referred to as “convention season.” Whether it is a dedicated Star Wars Celebration, or any number of pop-culture conventions, these larger events allow members from all over to come together and share in their personal love of Star Wars.
With the excitement of Star Wars Rebels building, members of the 501st and Rebel Legions, as well as their friends in the Mandolorian Mercs, were on-hand at San Diego Comic-Con to appear on behalf of vendors on the convention floor, hear the latest news, and visit with old friends.
With members in attendance hailing from all over the world, an annual dinner is often part of the convention experience. This year was no different, allowing members to catch-up, and enjoy an opportunity to spend time together celebrating Star Wars, discussing new creations, and family news.
Back on the floor, a convention also means that Legion members can pose for pictures with other attendees, compare costuming notes, and celebrate some of the original creations fans create in their love of Star Wars.
And no convention, especially SDCC, would be complete without the annual group photos! This year’s 501st photo also featured several honorary members, including Vanessa Marshall, Dave Filoni, Steve Sansweet, and Lucasfilm’s own Mary Franklin.
In addition to booth appearances and photos back in the convention hall, members set to the dedicated work of preparing for the annual Droid Hunt for convention attendees to participate in, exchanging specially made badges discovered on the convention floor for items generously donated by various Star Wars licensees.
As SDCC drew to its close, members began their inevitable voyages home — perhaps a little saddened that it always seems to end so quickly, but happy to have connected with their fellow fans in celebration of Star Wars.
And with all eyes now gazing towards Star Wars Rebels, other major summer-time conventions, and events in support of our local communities, we all know it won’t be long before we have another opportunity to come together and help bring Star Wars to life for fans across the world as we all prepare for Celebration 2015!
Lawrence Green wanted to be a stormtrooper or Luke Skywalker when he first saw Star Wars. Now, he’s both, as a member of the 501st and Rebel Legions. Designated by 501st founder Albin Johnson at the 2007 Rose Parade as “the 501st’s own Jedi Luke”, Lawrence is the executive officer & public/media relations officer of the Southern California Garrison of the 501st Legion. You can follow his personal tweets at @Lawrence_Green and find the SoCal Garrison at www.southerncaliforniagarrison.com and @501SCG.