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Do you have what it takes?

“The most upstanding and loyal citizens of the Empire dedicate their lives to enforcing the Emperor’s New Order. Only the best of these will ever become Imperial soldiers. And only the best of the best become members of the Fighting 501st, Vader’s Fist! These elite men and women serve the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, taking on the most challenging and exciting missions in his name. Crossing the vastness of space and conquering the harshest of environments, the 501st Legion fights to restore peace and order to the galaxy. Do you have what it takes to fight at their side?”
– Imperial Military recruitment brochure

“The 501st Legion is an international STAR WARS™ costuming organization dedicated to celebrating the STAR WARS universe through the creation, display, and wearing of quality character costumes that represent the villainous characters from the STAR WARS saga. The Legion promotes interest in STAR WARS and facilitates the use of these costumes for STAR WARS-related events and contributes to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.”
– 501st Legion Charter, Article II

So you’re interested in joining up with the 501st Legion! You’ve read over the 501st.com website, you know what we do and what we’re about. You’ve seen the Legion FAQ, but that’s still left you wondering where to go. Maybe you’ve even done some research on the internet, but you’ve hit a roadblock and you need some guidance, a nudge in the right direction. Fear not! The members of the 501st Legion are here to help!

Bad guys doing good!

First, let’s make sure you’re in the right place. The 501st Legion focuses on recreating screen-accurate costumes of villains in the Star Wars saga. While many of our members are avid costumers in general and may moonlight as Ghostbusters, predators, superheroes, or all of the above, the scope and focus of the 501st is limited to the Star Wars “bad guys.”

If you’re interested in costuming as a “good guy” from the Star Wars saga, the club you’re probably looking for is our “sister” group, the Rebel Legion. Among dozens of other costumes, they cover farmboys, princesses, smugglers, wookiees, golden droids, x-wing pilots, commandos, and crazy old wizards. If you want to go that route, the Rebel Legion has tons of great resources for you… but do keep the Empire in mind in the future. We‘re always looking for double agents!

The 501st also only focuses on villains that have official visual references in the Star Wars films and other published materials. There are other clubs, like the Mandalorian Mercenaries and The Dark Empire, which have looser costuming guidelines and allow for creative, original interpretations of Star Wars characters. If you want to create an original character, perhaps one of those clubs is just the one you’re looking for. Here in the 501st Legion, though, all of our costumes come from officially-established Lucasfilm sources, including the films, television shows, video games, and graphic novels.

For now, since the 501st Legion deals with the canonical bad guys, let’s move forward under the assumption that you want to build a screen-accurate costume for the Galactic Empire!

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