12 Facts About 501st Legion


The 501st Legion, called by its nickname Vader's Fist, is made up entirely of volunteers.

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The 501st Legion is active on 6 continents, with local units known as "Garrisons" and "Outposts" in over 60 countries.

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The 501st Legion ranks swelled, and regional subdivisions called Garrisons, Squads, and Outposts were created to facilitate the organization of events and appearances on a local level.

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Early events attended by the 501st Legion were mostly science-fiction and comic book conventions or related to the release of the Star Wars movies in theaters and on video.

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Lucasfilm would grant the Legion a limited use of their copyrighted characters, as long as members of the 501st promised never to use their costumes for personal profit and that they represent the franchise in a positive and respectful manner.

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In 2005, the 501st Legion finally hit “mainstream” Star Wars canon with its inclusion in the novelization of Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

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The 501st Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of high quality costumes, to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events, and to contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.

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Star Wars costumers who are under 18 years of age, the 501st Legion has partnered with its sister club, the Rebel Legion, to form a joint group for children called the Galactic Academy.

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Scott Loxley of the 501st Legion was raising money for Monash Children's Hospital when he claims he was saved by stormtrooper armor from a bite on the shin by a deadly King Brown serpent near Yalboroo, Australia on January 14, 2015 as he walked down a road while walking entirely around the Australian continent.

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MythBusters Star Wars special, entitled Revenge of the Myth and the 2014 season premiere, the 501st Legion's Golden Gate Garrison joined Adam Savage, who is an honorary 501st Legion member after working with ILM during the prequel trilogy, on the show.

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In September 2016, the 501st Legion announced their commitment to a first-of-its kind international endowment in a unique partnership with Make-A-Wish.

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In 2016, the members of the 501st Legion donated over 182, 000 hours of community service, raising over $889, 000 USD in direct donations, and participated in events that helped raise over $46 million for charities worldwide.

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