Abin Johnson surrendering to Imperial Stormtroopers

Albin Johnson

In 1997, Albin Johnson created the 501st Legion, an Internet-based group for Star Wars costumers describing itself as Darth Vader's elite Imperial unit, "Vader's Fist." In 17 years, Albin helped grow the group to over 10,000 members worldwide in over 48 countries. The 501st has appeared in Star Wars novels, games, comics, toys, cartoons, and even Episode III. Following the loss of his daughter, Katie, to cancer in 2005, Albin and the R2 Builders Club created R2-KT, a pink astromech droid, to spread awareness of pediatric illnesses. Together, the 501st and R2-KT have raised millions for charity and worked with the Star Wars community to make a difference in the world.

  • First Star Wars Memory
    I was a scrawny kid sitting in a theater in 1978 watching the world turn upside down (in a good way) with every cool character that marched onto the screen.
  • Favorite Film
    The Empire Strikes Back
  • Favorite Character
    The classic stormtrooper
  • Favorite Scene
    Luke's showdown with Vader on Bespin.
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