The 501st Legion Romanian Outpost is coming to Aniventure Comic Con!
“The 501st is a worldwide organization of Star Wars costumers that use their love of Star Wars to help out and promote community interaction and to bring joy to people's lives in ways they never thought possible.”
-David Reimer TB-1184, Southern Outpost
The 501st Legion (a.k.a. Vader's Fist) is the world's largest all-volunteer Star Wars costuming organization, with over 7,300 active members worldwide holding almost 13,000 approved costumes among them. The Legion is active on six continents, with Garrisons and Outposts in 59 countries around the globe. Formed initially for the pristine white Death Star armored troops, the group has grown to include all Imperial trooper variations as well as Sith Lords, bounty hunters and other villains from both the movies and Legends (former Expaned Universe). As a tribute to the group, the legion of blue clone troopers in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith that Darth Vader leads into Jedi Temple during Operation: Knightfall is designated the 501st, officially making the group name canon. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group.
The organization has the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts, under a collective identity within which to operate. Under the motto "Bad guys doing good", the legion promotes interest in Star Wars by building and wearing quality costumes that aim to be faithful replicas of the screen-used ones. The members facilitate the use of their props, for Star Wars-related events, or contributions to the local community, through costumed charity and volunteer work.
The 501st Legion – Romanian Outpost had, for over 10 years, only been represented by Ken Huegel (ID 6766), an American who has chosen Romania as is adoptive country. Until 2016, when four other Romanian Star Wars and cosplay fans joined in, followed by two more in 2017. The group habitually attends local cosplay conventions, Star Wars-related events, premieres and anniversaries (in cooperation with Disney) and local charity events.
The 501st In Action
Blast-a-Trooper and the Droid Hunt are two of the most popular activities that many Legion units run at conventions, to add value, fun, and excitement to any big event!
The Blast-a-Trooper game is an organized mock firing range, where fans shoot foam darts at Imperial characters, to raise money for charity. Blast-a-Trooper ranges have raised thousands and thousands of dollars for worthy causes around the world.
The Droid Hunt is a creative give-away game. Legion support members spread out marked badges, so convention attendees can become “the droids we’re looking for”. After the “droids” are captured by Imperial forces, the activity concludes with a drawing for dozens of merchandise prizes from sponsors or partners.
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Are you a Star Wars fan? Do you have a costume? Great, you might be closer than you think to a Star Wars prize!
This year, at Aniventure Comic Con, the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion invite all Bulgarian Star Wars fans to compete with their costumes for lots of fun and Star Wars surprise prizes!
Here are the details of our Star Wars Cosplay Contest:
You can enter the contest in person and, of course, in costume, at the 501st Legion Booth, left of the secondary stage, during the following hours:
• Sat. 11:00am - 17:00pm
• Sun. 10:30am – 12:30pm
Upon registration at the booth, your costume will be photographed and judged by our judges:
• The Rebel Legion’s Vice-Admiral Amilyn Holdo: Dyana Smithe / Dyana Smythe Cosplay
• The 501st Legion’s Darth Vader: Ken “Volguus” Huegel / HProps Design & Cosplay
All candidates are invited to the secondary stage on Sun., at 3:00pm, for a quick parade on stage. Then, the prizes below will be awarded by Darth Vader, Amilyn Holdo and George Lucas!
• I: Best costume
• II: Best technique
• III: Jury’s favourite
Come by the 501st Legion Booth for more details!