What is the 501st Legion?
Since 1997, the costuming organization known as the 501st Legion has spread the magic of the Star Wars genre worldwide through its authentic-looking costumes, and has become the leading force in fan-based charity events. The 501st, also known as “Vader’s Fist,” is truly dedicated to brightening the lives of those less-fortunate. We are also, to state it simply, a bunch of nerds who really love Star Wars.
What is Garrison Tyranus?
Garrison Tyranus is the 501st unit that covers the Commonwealth of Virginia. We were founded in June 2002 after we and Carolina Garrison split off from the Southern Garrison. As of the last census, we are the 9th largest 501st garrison in the world and have over 200 active members across the state.
Where do you get the costumes?
Our costumes are the result of careful research, fabrication, and a lot of hard work. The majority of our costume components are hand built and assembled in our spare time. Given that the likenesses portrayed by these costumes are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm, it must be stressed that the 501st Legion does not provide or manufacture costumes for purchase.
Can I join the 501st/Garrison Tyranus?
We have only two requirements for membership. You must be at least 18 years old and own a screen accurate Star Wars costume based on one of the “bad guys”? If you answered yes to both of these, than absolutely! We recommend reading the 501st page on how to join for more details. You can also join our forums and ask our command staff and garrison members for guidance.
Are there any obligations that come with joining the 501st?
Aside from having a screen accurate costume, we ask that you troop at least once a year to maintain active status otherwise you will be moved to Reserve or Retired status. Of course, we always welcome and encourage our members to troop far more than once a year. We recognize our members who have trooped the most every month with our Dooku’s Dozen program and those who have trooped the most over their entire time in the 501st with our Imperial Service Award program.
What can Garrison Tyranus do for me?
There is nothing quite like a group of Stormtroopers to bring attention to an event. Unlike individual entertainers, the 501st Legion functions as a group creating a true science-fiction/fantasy ambience with a wide range of professional-grade costumes and props. Our internal standards ensure a high level of professionalism in both actions and appearance to ensure your event runs smoothly. Having participated at events throughout the world for two decades, the 501st name alone has been known to boost attendance and media attention.
Does the 501st charge for appearances?
While we do not charge a fee for appearances (public or private), we enthusiastically welcome donations made to your favorite charity in the name of the 501st Legion. If you do not have a charity of choice, we would happily provide you with a list of some of our favorite causes such as Make-a-Wish and the Travis Manion Foundation.
How do I contact Garrison Tyranus to attend my event?
Please use the 501st Event Request form and your request will make be routed to our Event Coordinators.
What if I don’t live in Virginia?
The 501st has a presence in all 50 states and in countries across the globe. To find your local Garrison or Outpost, check the 501st listings.