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Fallen Trooper: William Snell


It is with great sadness once again that I have to write this - the 501st has lost another of it's family, this time William Snell, age 18, of the Carolina Garrison. William was not a full member of the 501st, he was currently in the middle of the registration process, although he has trooped with the Carolina Garrison for years as a TK.
He was involved in a car accident, I'm assuming sometime today, and was a great friend of the late Katie Johnson.

Our hearts go out to the family. A reception at his home will be held August 7th. For more details, contact the Carolina Garrison

501stCast: MiniCast: August 4, 2008: Founder’s Mission Report from Celebration Japan


August 4th, 2008 — Interview, MiniCast Legion Founder Albin (TK-210) Johnson gives a firsthand account of Star Wars Celebration Japan, talks with Star Wars artist Tsuneo Sanda and model-making legend Lorne Peterson, and provides a sneak peak at the latest 501st Legion documentary film Star Warriors. Show Notes: Founder’s Mission Report from Celebration Japan (August 3, 2008) Host: Albin Johnson (TK-210) Post-Production: Dean Plantamura (TK-899) Content Development: Michiko Wilkshire (TS-2611), Stuart Wilkshire (TS-969) Contributors: Matsuo San (Mr. Sanda’s friend and long-time translator) Links Celebration Japan official siteTsuneo Sanda’s official siteLorne Peterson’s IMDB listingJapanese GarrisonGoro’s DewbackStar Warriors on wowow television network Galleries CJ photos on coverageyoutube video coverage Standard Podcast: Download[...]

Events Report - August 5-31


The following events have been reported for the 501st Legion between August 5th and August 31st. Please note that all events are subject to change without notice, and you should contact the hosting garrison prior to attending any event.Please let me know if there are any errors in this report:Tuesday Aug 5 Southern California Garrison - Burbank Neighborhood Watch Block Party - Burbank, CAWednesday Aug 6 Canadian Garrison - Oro-Medonte Minor Soccer - Burl's Creek ParkWeird Al Concert - Grand Prairie, TXThursday Aug 7 Southern California Garrison - Children's Miracle Network/CHLA-Radiothon70th Explorers - Weird Al ConcertUK Garrison - Tongwynlais Community Fun Day - TongwynlaisFriday Aug 8 UK Garrison - RAF Fylingdales Fun Day - RAF Fylingdales, North YorkshireMidwest Garrison - WeddingMidwest Garrison -CHILDRENS CANCER CAMP appearance - Frankfort, IL70th Explorers - Weird Al Concert70th Explorers - MDA Summer Camp - Bear River Ranch, Highway EE, Rolla, MODune Sea Garrison - Clone Wars Premiere Fundraising - Tempe Cine CapriNordic Garrison - Clone Wars pre-launch - Oslo, NorwayMexican Garrison -Expocoleccionistas III - D.FFriday Aug 8 UK Garrison - RAF Fylingdales Fun Day - RAF Fylingdales, North YorkshireMidwest Garrison - WeddingMidwest Garrison -CHILDRENS CANCER CAMP appearance - Frankfort, IL70th Explorers - Weird Al Concert70th Explorers - MDA Summer Camp - Bear River Ranch, Highway EE, Rolla, MODune Sea Garrison - Clone Wars Premiere Fundraising - Tempe Cine CapriNordic Garrison - Clone Wars pre-launch - Oslo, NorwayMexican Garrison -Expocoleccionistas III - D.FSaturday Aug 9 Dune Sea Garrison - Clone Wars Premiere Fundraising - Tempe Cine CapriNordic Garrison - Clone Wars pre-launch - Oslo, NorwayMexican Garrison -Expocoleccionistas III - D.FSouthern California Garrison - Clones for Kids (WB/LFL CW Screening)Canadian Garrison - SW:CW, Toronto Blue Jays - Rogers Centre, Toronto, ONGarrison Carida - Adelaides Place Fundraiser - Collegeville, PACanadian Garrison - Balloon Festival, St-Jean-sur-RichelieuStar Garrison, Arkansas Squad - Little Rock Comic Book Convention - Little Rock, ARWeird Al Concert - Springfield, ILGarrison Excelsior - Rochester Red Wings SW Night - Rochester, NYGarrison Carida - Clone Wars Screening - Pittsburgh, PAGarrison Carida - Picnic with National Guard - Sring City, PADune Sea Garrison - Summer Kids Events at Bookmans - Phoenix, AzNordic Garrison - PartySunday Aug 10 Nordic Garrison - Clone Wars pre-launch - Oslo, NorwayMexican Garrison -Expocoleccionistas III - D.FFlorida Garrison - Tampa Comic Book and Toy Convention - Tampa, FLGarrison Carida - Corvettes for Kids - Barto, PAWeird Al Concert - Rockford, ILEmpire City Garrison - Clone Wars Screening - New York City, NYSouthern California Garrison - Armor PartyGarrison Carida - Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh Visit - Pittsburgh, PATerror Australis Garrison - Clone Wars ReleaseNordic Garrison - Star Wars: Clone Wars preview - Park Biosalong, Stockholm, SwedenTuesday Aug 12 Malaysia-Brunei Outpost - THE CLONE WARS Movie Special Premiere Screening - Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaWednesday Aug 13 German Garrison - Vorpremieren von "The Clone Wars" in ganz Deutschland - ganz DeutschlandNew England Garrison - Clone Wars Release, Providence PlaceThursday Aug 14 Southern California Garrison - Siggraph Nokia Theater Clone Wars ScreeningFlorida Garrison - Miami Children's Museum - Miami, FLSouthern California Garrison - MCTSSA Camp Pendleton Family DaySouthern California Garrison - Orange County Clone Wars Midnight ReleaseFlorida Garrison - Miami Children's Hospital - Miami FLDune Sea Garrison - Clone Wars Release, Cine Capri - AZFriday Aug 15 Dune Sea Garrison - Clone Wars Release, Cine Capri - AZFlorida Garrison - Clone Wars Release, Regal TheaterNew England Garrison - AMC Danvers Clone Wars Opening - TENATIVEBloodfin Garrison - Clone Wars Release, Indianapo[...]

Craptions - July 30th


This just came across the NEG boards:


- Time to listen to some Dropkick Murphys, drink 37 pints, and get revenge on those f**ing tiny bear things.
- "Thhhe rebel plansh are not in the main computer... We're gonna need to check out thish other pub, I mean computer..hic!"
- Go ahead jawa. I f**king DARE you to type something funny about me.
Ironically this picture was taken before Happy Hour
Open the pub doors! Open the pub doors!
How the f**k did these guys get costumes that are so awesome when they couldn't even afford clovers that aren't just paper cut-outs?!
The empire's covert invasion of planet Ireland went off without a hitch. If you wear green, hand out free brews and carry a gun, no one asks any questions.
Something, anything had to be done to improve the storm troopers aim. Thats when Lord Vader had his wildest Idea. ..... Lucky Charms
You should see how they celebrate 420
"Hey! Hey Storm Trooper, say 'all your base are belong to us'!"
The photographer was subsequently shot.
Troopers!! To the PUB!!

The rest are here:

The trooper pictured? That's me.

501st Caught on Camera


The latest pictures from Flickr from the past week. With San Diego Comic Con, Celebration Japan and the recent Toys R Us event, there were a lot of pictures!I don't think these guys were 501st, but still cool:Dewback @ Celebration Japan:Mini-Scout:UKG Troopers at the One Man Star Wars show:Canadian trooper at Otakuthon2008:A Biker Scout... on a bike. Do you know how long I've been waiting for a picture like this?And, San Diego Comic Con pictures:Toys R Us Pictures:[...]

Event Report: Gaming Event @ The Fletcher Free Library


This was a very low-key event on the part of the Fletcher Free Library that Mike and I attended. We both arrived around 1:30, where a number of gaming consoles had been set up, and several kids had arrived to play games against one another.

We suited up and mingled with the children from about 2-3:45 or so, even playing against them a couple of times, and answering their questions about the Empire. Overall, it was a fun event, because the handful of kids there were really happy to see us, which is my primary motivation for this. Hopefully, it will serve as a jumping point for future events with the library.

I had a couple problems with my armor - putting on a shin, I heard a loud CRACK, and the glue split, which wasn't a good sound - I thought that I'd broken the entire part, which thankfully wasn't the case. I also had a couple of snaps separate, but I bought some glue to fix that problem. Yay for White Duct Tape.

Ainsworth Case Rulling


This in from the SciFi Wire:

Ruling Splits Star Wars Case

Lucasfilm Ltd. and a British prop designer both claimed victory on July 31 in a legal battle over the iconic stormtrooper uniforms from the Star Wars films, the Associated Press reported.

George Lucas's film company had sued Andrew Ainsworth, who sculpted the stormtrooper helmets for the first Star Wars movie in 1977.

British High Court judge Anthony Mann ruled that Ainsworth violated Lucasfilm's U.S. copyright by selling replica stormtrooper uniforms through his Web site to customers in the United States.

But Mann refused to enforce in Britain a $20 million judgment Lucasfilm won against Ainsworth in a California court in 2006. The judge said Ainsworth's U.S. sales, which totaled 25,000 to 30,000 pounds ($50,000 to $60,000), were not significant enough to make him susceptible to U.S. jurisdiction.

The judge also rejected a claim against Ainsworth under British law, saying English copyright over the outfits had expired. Ainsworth's lawyer, Seamus Andrew, said the ruling meant that Ainsworth was now free to sell his replicas everywhere except the United States.

Mann also rejected a counterclaim by Ainsworth that copyright rested with him.

Welcome to the Dark Side


This article just came in from Tulsa World:Welcome to the Darth sideby: MIKE AVERILL World Scene Writer7/31/2008 12:00 AMWhy would Sam Bell choose the Dark Side? "Ask anybody who the best villain is. Even people who don't know 'Star Wars' know who Darth Vader is," Bell said.Sam Bell always loved the Storm Troopers in the "Star Wars" films. Growing up, he watched the movies and played with the toys. "Now," he said, "I'm my own action figure."Bell is the head of the Oklahoma Fire Team of the Star Garrison, part of the 501st Legion, or Vader's Fist — an organization whose members dress in costume as members of the Empire. Bell and other members of the 501st Legion will be decked out this weekend at DefCon 7."The conventions are for fun," he said. "If I can make one kid smile, I don't care how much I spend on armor. That's all I care about."Members of the 501st Legion will check for admission badges at the entrance to the convention and will also have an information booth."And we want to make sure that no rebels are acting up," he joked.Bell purchased most of his outfit on eBay and assembled it with hot glue, foam and Velcro. His blaster is hand-made through resin casting. He said his outfit cost about $600, but some people spend up to $1,200."I saved up my money and bought everything piece by piece," he said.The 30-piece uniform is lightweight plastic."The disco boots are the heaviest part of the outfit," Bell said.He declared that the 501st Legion is George Lucas' preferred group."We pride ourselves in being as close to the movies as possible. We're not extremely strict, but we are portraying people's childhoods and hopes."So why does Bell align himself with the Dark Side instead of siding with the Rebel Alliance as a member of the Rebel Legion?"First, it's simply cooler," he said. "Second, I've always been attracted to the shiny armor."And there's the fact that the Storm Troopers are led by one of the best villains, Darth Vader."Ask anybody who the best villain is. Even people who don't know 'Star Wars' know who Darth Vader is," Bell said.Bell's been a "Star Wars" fan since his father took him to see "Return of the Jedi" at a drive-in theater." 'Jedi' was the first movie I'd seen. I remember loving seeing things that I never could imagine were possible. The biker scouts zipping through the forest hooked me."He also enjoys the Star Wars films because they have a story that other movies try to live up to."It shows humanity at its best," he said. "There's turmoil and overcoming that turmoil and delving back into it. And I'm simply just a geek."About the 501st LegionThe Oklahoma Fire Team has nine members, one short of being a squad, and the Star Garrison — which encompasses Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma — has 170.The goals of the 501st Legion are to celebrate the “Star Wars” movies through the wearing of costumes, to promote the quality and improvement of costumes and props, and to contribute to the local community through charity and volunteer work, its Web site says.The 501st Legion has more than 4,000 members around the world, even in Antarctica.For more information on the Star Garrison and how to join, go online to or e-mail info@stargarrison.comSource:[...]

FAMILY: 'Star Wars' convention at The Summit


This article just came online:FAMILY: 'Star Wars' convention at The SummitJuly 31, 2008 09:48 am— By Anthony Custode Jr.Light ... saber, action!The National Star Wars Convention rolls into town this weekend at Omega Sports in The Summit mall. Brenden Bronson, owner of the sports memorabilia store, expects a huge turnout.As of Monday, there were 120 tickets remaining of the 3,500 made available. The convention is unique compared to the autograph sessions he normally holds at the store, Bronson said.“We have a ‘Star Wars’ DJ and a band. We also have a laser light show and smoke machine inside and an epic battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader,” Bronson said.Of course, it wouldn't be a “Star Wars” convention without stars from the movie. According to Bronson, David Prowse, Jeremy Bulloch and Felix Silla, who played Darth Vader, Boba Fett and the hang-gliding Ewok from “Return of the Jedi,” respectively, will be on hand to sign autographs and mingle with fans.Bronson also says he expects a “massive amount of celebrities,” including World Wrestling Entertainment diva Tammy “Sunny” Sytch. There are other celebrities tentatively scheduled to appear, as well.Sytch says she looks forward to the convention, even though it isn't wrestling-related.“I've been booked for signings at other (”Star Wars” conventions) and it's actually a lot of fun,” Sytch said. “Everybody expects to have a great time and meet their favorite characters. It's a fun, friendly atmosphere, and we're just trying to give them a good time.”Bronson said the attendance of the 501st Legion, a fan organization whose members often dress up in Stormtrooper armor, will be a huge hit.“The 501st Legion will be here all dressed up, and it's great because they actually look better then the characters in the movie because they spend so much more time on their costumes,” Bronson said. “They look amazing. I'm actually more excited about getting my picture taken with the legion because I'm such a big fan of the movie.”Although hosting a convention with such a popular theme may be new to the Niagara Falls area, Bronson said he holds one annually, but the location changes each year.“Last year was in Las Vegas, this year is in Niagara Falls and next year will be in Tampa, Fla.,” he said.Sytch believes making appearances at these conventions will help enlarge her already popular fan base.“Wrestling fans and ‘Star Wars’ fans are usually one in the same, but if I meet some people who aren't wrestling fans, maybe I can turn them on to it and hopefully turn them into a fan of mine,” Sytch said. “I do love meeting new people. The more people I meet, the broader my fan base gets.”There will also be movie passes given away to the upcoming theatrical release “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” at the convention, Bronson said.General admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $100. Both tickets will allow access to the convention on each day, but the VIP ticket grants access to autographs from all celebrities in attendance.Autograph signings will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, but a complete list of stars appearing has not been released. According to Bronson, that’s done by design.“We like to have a few surprises that people don't know about so they think, ‘Wow, this is a great deal,’ ” he said.IF YOU GO* WHAT: National Star Wars Convention* WHEN: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday* WHERE: Omega Sports in The Summit mall, 6929 Williams Road, Wheatfield* MORE INFORMATION: Call 605-0985 or visit summitniagara.com[...]

Interviewed for Online Gaming Radio


This is from a really long time ago:

Design & Conquer 101st Storm Trooper
Mon, 08, May 2008

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Interview done during Northeast Wars. Interviewed Andrew from the 101st Storm Trooper.

This was back during Northeast Wars, one of the first troops back in Vermont earlier this year. I've since sent them an e-mail to get them to correct the title to 501st.

Their website:

More NEG Oddities


This video, taken during the Midnight Toy Release, features one of our TKs:

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Imperial Commando Novels


Looks like Karen Traviss isn't done with the Republic Commando novels after Order 66. In a recent interview with Randomhouse, she mentioned that she will be writing a couple Imperial Commando novels, and a Boba Fett novel:

Q: What other projects are you working on, both Star Wars—related and in your own fictional universe?

KT: I'm concentrating wholly on military and political fiction for the foreseeable future. I'm having a wonderful time working on Gears of War, which is a profoundly intelligent and well-created universe about a squad of soldiers in a post-apocalyptic world — yes, there are chainsaw rifles, but it's also very smart stuff - and I'm continuing the Republic Commando series in Imperial Commando books. There are a few other SW books in the pipeline too, including a Boba Fett one. In my creator-owned work, I'm writing a political thriller series about mercenaries, set in the very near future . I'll also be doing some comics work, which is something I've wanted to do for a long time. So, no vacation for a few years....or sleep....!

Looks like she won't be able to put her armor together any time soon...

Extended Clone Wars Clip!


Yahoo movies has posted an exclusive clip from the Clone Wars movie. The 3:49 minute clip details an early battle sequence in the movie, and contains some minor spoilers. Keep an eye out for the 501st Clones with jetpacks.

Take a look here:

Man, that looks awesome.

The Force is with them


This fantastic article came in from the Star Tribune, out of Minnesota:The Force is with themBy Randy Salas, Star TribuneAdam Brown, 6, left, and Sam Liang, 6, both of St. Paul, were surprised to find a real person — Steve Carter, 56, of Woodbury — behind what they thought was a static stormtrooper outfit during a visit to the Science Museum of Minnesota. “It freaked us both out,” Adam said. July 29, 2008It's not every day that you're riding an elevator and the doors open to admit an ominous "Star Wars" villain. But that's exactly what happened on a recent visit to the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.Enter Boba Fett, the lethal bounty hunter whom Darth Vader dispatched to track down Han Solo in "The Empire Strikes Back." As the imposing armored figure silently strode into the crowded elevator, trapped families and others quickly parted to the perimeter. One small boy ducked behind his father's legs, peering out in wide-eyed awe.Later, in a secluded room at the huge museum, the faceless Fett removed the helmet to reveal not a ruthless male warrior, but a bright-eyed St. Francis woman named Stacie Hanson, who was all smiles."I just love it!" she said about impersonating one of the coolest, baddest dudes from the popular sci-fi films. "Seeing the kids' reactions is great -- even the parents'."Hanson is one of a few dozen Twin Cities fans who appear regularly as "Star Wars" characters in authentic costumes that they often put together themselves. You can catch them Saturday and four other dates in August at the museum's special exhibit "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination," but you're just as likely to see them in a community parade, at a store opening or even at a charity event.And they do it all as volunteers.They belong to local chapters of the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion, companion costuming clubs that have the blessing of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas as long as they adhere to rules that include:• The costumes must look authentic.• The general public can't see any members partly costumed -- not wearing a helmet, for instance.• Members can't be paid for their costumed appearances. (The nonprofit Science Museum has given them volunteer benefits, such as free admission and Omnitheater passes, said Joe Imholte, project leader for special exhibits.)It's all about authenticityMembers of the 501st and Rebel Legion look as if they just walked off a "Star Wars" set. They compare constructing their costumes to building a scale model. Even if they don't make the parts -- usually ordered from specialty replica companies or other fans -- they paint, trim and do other things to customize the components to fit their bodies.Hanson, 28, who works at a finance company, estimates that she has spent "well over $2,000" on her getup for Boba Fett, a character she takes turns playing with two other Twin Cities fans, who have their own costumes. She's continually upgrading, too, with plans to add working lights and a cooling fan for the sweltering helmet, for example. And Fett is just one of four "Star Wars" characters she portrays."This is my main hobby," she said.Then there's Mike Hansen, 39, of Woodbury. He has built a full-sized, working replica of R2-D2, the cute dome-shaped droid and plucky sidekick of the golden C-3PO.Hansen's R2 unit beeps and whistles. It also rolls around, rotates its dome and lights up -- all controlled remotely by Hansen, whose day job is at an insurance company.He wouldn't say how much he has spent on the little fella other than "it was a lot." What's more, he added, his R2 might never be done. Planned upgrades include opening doors and a periscope."He looks so good that if I'm not where people can see me[...]

The NEG being Wacky


My home garrison being weird:

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Hasbro Mentions 501st Legion


This is a really neat mention, a disclaimer really. With the release of a special 501st toy, there is a special membership card for the 501st Legion. Not our 501st Legion, but the other one - the one from the films. Scott Will, our merchandising person, noted this to Hasbro, and they put up the following disclaimer:

*This figure does not confer membership in the 501st costuming club. If you are interested in learning more about the costuming club and the great philanthropic work they do, please visit

It's a nice bit of recognition, especially with the work that we do, and with a company that's so big and well known.


Review: The Clone Wars


[This review contains spoilers for The Clone Wars]Earlier this year, the Star Wars Lit community was abuzz with the news of a couple of things - that there was an untitled Karen Traviss novel coming, and that there was a Clone Wars movie coming out. A couple of months ago, fans learned that they were both connected, as Karen turned out to have been writing the novelization.The release of The Clone Wars brings about the first book released in the time frame since Traviss's last Republic Commando novel, True Colors, which was released last year, and once again shows that Traviss is one of the better writers for the Clone Wars.This novelization isn't the best work that Karen has released. The book is a very short one, and plotwise, has a bit to be desired. In a nutshell, the Seperatists have kidnapped the son of Jabba the Hutt, hoping to anger the Hutts enough to ensure that the Republic can't utilize their space lanes.The book is rife with action, which is Karen's strong point, especially when it comes to Clones. the main characters are introduced with a battle, where Karen puts her expertise gained from the Republic Commando books. What I really enjoyed was seeing an author put a level of military realism to this - the Clones talk and act like soldiers.Karen leaves a lot of nods to the 501st, helping to further explain the role of Vader's fist, the battalion seen in Revenge of the Sith, named for the 501st Legion. One of the more interesting characters in the book is Captain Rex, whom a number of Legion members are building in anticipation of the film's release. Karen pushed these guys to a particular prominence in the book, which is a great nod to the group, of which, she's an honorary member. There weren't any mentions of Republic Commandos, which surprised me a little.The plot of the book leaves more to be desired beyond the military sections. There are some interesting political ideas here, but the idea that the Republic would send two of their most highly regarded Jedi after a Huttling is somewhat ridiculous. While this is addressed somewhat at points, I found it hard to believe.More so, I found the notion that the Hutts, or more particularly, Jabba, would completely base foreign policy on a kidnapped child a ridiculous notion. Granted, this is a novelization based off of an animated movie, so expecting something on the level of Karen's other books or other Clone Wars novels such as Shatterpoint is somewhat expected.Unfortunately, the book is short, clocking in at around 250 pages, taking me a total of five or so hours to read. Fortunately, Del Rey seems to have realized this, and as a result, I only paid $12 for the book (yay for a 40% discount at Borders).Overall, this is a decent enough read, despite the fact that it is short and not as good as her other books. However, with four more books to go in the series, there's plenty of room for more improvement and Clone action.7/10[...]

Pictures from Toys R Us


Now that the weekend is now over, we've gotten all of our pictures in from the Williston event. Here's some of the highlights:





Mission Report: Williston Toys R Us Midnight Toy Release


The Vermont contingent of the New England Garrison turned out in its biggest gathering on Friday night at the Williston, Vermont Toys R Us to participate in their midnight Clone Wars toy release. The event saw three troopers, Andrew Liptak, Mike Anton and David Willard, appear, as TKs, to mingle with the small crowd of people who had waited in line for the opening. We also had three helpers, Stephen, Hayes and Ashley as wranglers, who took a number of pictures and helped us out when needed.
It was a small turnout for the store, but by 11:00, a small line had formed, and several people trickled in afterward, while we patrolled the aisles and posed for pictures. The store employees were thrilled to have us, and overall, it was a good, low-key event.
This was the first chance that I had to debut my upgraded armor, which worked fairly well - I had a couple of problems with my sniperplate, but for the most part, the glued sections worked well - I need to work on my shins, because I glued the parts on backwards.




Fanboys Release Date & Review


A lot of places are covering the San Diego Comic Con, and a blog I frequent, Cinematical, has posted up their review:

SDCC Update: Cinematical Has Seen 'Fanboys'!

... and, ya know, it's pretty darn adorable.

Last night a special screening of Fanboys was held here in San Diego, and Cinematical was on hand to witness what producer Kevin Spacey (in attendance) called "the third annual screening of Fanboys -- next year, we're going to series!" Director Kyle Newman and writer Adam Goldberg were there -- as well as an assorted number of suits, one imagines -- and they were met by a packed house of nutty Star Wars fans. The theater had absolutely no air conditioning and it was standing room only, so you can understand these weren't ideal screening conditions. Nevertheless, the first words started scrolling up ... and the folks in attendance ate up every minute of the film from then on out.

Opening in theaters (either wide or in limited release -- Weinstein hasn't decided yet) on September 19 (a date announced by Newman last night), this is apparently the final cut of Fanboys. I won't go into the whole two-year-labor-of-love thing because Scott still needs to swing by here and throw out his review. I will say, though, that this is not just a film for Star Wars fans -- it's a film for any geeky dude or dudette who's ever horsed around with their friends, gone on a nutty adventure and inserted random movie quotes into every other line of dialogue. This flick has so many friggin' Star Wars references -- and movie references in general -- that it's just a ball to watch them all hit the screen at warp speed. And the cameos! All I'll say is that when Judd Apatow came on to help things move along, he brought with him a bunch of friends.

Oh, and one more thing: Out of all the dude sweat in this film, Kristen Bell totally steals the show. What a cutey.

Fanboys. September 19.
Very good news! I can't wait!

Events Report - July 26 - August 14


The following events have been reported between July 26 and August 14, 2008. Please keep in mind that all events are subject to change without notice and to contact the hosting garrison prior to attending any event. Friday Jul 25 Central California Garrison - San Diego Comic Con - San DiegoRedington Balloon Festival - Vader Balloon - New JerseySouthern California Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy ReleaseDune Sea Garrison - Toys R Us Clone Wars Midnight Opening Event - Mesa AZUK Garrison - TRU Croydon - Toys R Us, SurreyNew England Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy Release - Williston, VTStar Garrison, STX Squad- Toys R Us Midnight Toy ReleaseGarrison Excelsior - Toys R Us Midnight Toy Release - TENTATIVE - Greece, NYFlorida Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy ReleaseGarrison Carida - Toys R Us Midnight Madness sale - King of Prussia, PAWeird Al Concert - Rama, OntarioUK Garrison - TRU Medway - Toys R Us, KentFlorida Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy Release - Jacksonville, FLAlabama Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy Release - Mobile ALUK Garrison - TRU Leeds - Toys R Us, West YorkshireCarolina Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy ReleaseMonaco Outpost - Toys r'us Midnight and Madness - Paris -La Défense CNIT 4 tempsMountain Garrison, Dewback Ridge Squad - TRU Midnight Toy Release - Albuquerque, NMNew England Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy Release - Nashua, NHMidwest Garrison - PartyCarolina Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy ReleaseBloodfin Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy Release - Indianapolis, INUK Garrison - TRU Bristol - Toys R Us, BristolUK Garrison - TRU Ipswich - Toys R Us, SuffolkUK Garrison - TRU Oldbury - Toys R Us, West MidlandsUK Garrison - TRU Southampton - Toys R Us, HantsSouthern California Garrison - ESPN Deportes PartyNew England Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy Release - Framingham MANew England Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy Release - Warwick, RIGarrison Carida - Toys R Us Midnight Madness - Monroeville, PANortheast Remnant - TRU Times Square Midnight Toy ReleaseUK Garrison - TRU Glasgow - Toys R Us, GlasgowSaturday Jul 26 Central California Garrison - San Diego Comic Con - San DiegoRedington Balloon Festival - Vader Balloon - New Jersey70th Explorers - Toys R Us Star Wars Midnight Toy Release - Springfield, MOUK Garrison - The Entertainer - The Entertainer, StainesFlorida Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy Release - Boca Raton, FLCosta Rica Outpost - Expo-Legionarios - San Pedro de Montes de Oca, Costa RIcaGreat Lakes Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy ReleaseFlorida Garrison - FilmingGreat Lakes Garrison - Toys R Us Midnight Toy ReleaseFlorida Garrison - St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa - Tampa FLEmpire City Garrison - Giant Kids Family Fun Day - Bedford, NYGarrison Carida - Chrome Riders Cooper Fair - Mullica Hill, NJGarrison Cardia - Steel City Con - Monroeville Expo Mart, Monroeville PAMonroeville Expo Mart, Monroeville PATerror Australis Garrison - Anime ConventionMidwest Garrison - Timber Rattlers Baseball-Star Wars Day *Make*A*Wish* benefit - Appleton, WIDune Sea Garrison - Susam G. Koman Breast Cancer Walk Fundraiser - Phoenix, AZWeird Al Concert - Greensburg, PAPacific Outpost - Midnight Madness - Star Wars: The Clone WarsMidSouth Garrison - North Stewart Spring Festival - North Stewart, TNTerror Australis Garrison - Autosalon '08 - Perth, AUSSunday Jul 27 Central California Garrison - San Diego Comic Con - San DiegoRedington Balloon Festival - Vader Balloon - New JerseyTerror Australis[...]

501st Caught on Film


Here's a bunch of pictures from flickr this past week:Some troopers went to an Applebees:Garrison Carida at Robot Bloc Party:Celebration Japan!:Random ComicCon:UKG:Grainsville parade:A couple of troopers at Horray for Hollywood:Midsouth Garrison and Weird Al:Phone call:Random troopers:San Diego Comic Con:Terror Australis Garrison at concert:Someone trying out a TK:Troopers in Tokyo:[...]

501st Caught on Camera


Here's the latest videos from the past week:501st Weird Al Cincinnati 2008 - 4 Weird Al Cincinnati 2008 - 3 Weird Al Cincinnati 2008- 2 Weird Al Cincinnati 2008 - 1 Legion Midsouth Garrison with Weird Al Yankovic. Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN Al 501st GLG 7-17-08 MI GLG/Weird Al Meadowbrook 2008 in uniform Convention in Gothenburg 2006 Wars Weekend: Comedic Stormtroopers at one man star wars wars stormtroopers at Causeway Bay concierto star wars 3 french belgium garrison and rebel legion[...]

501stCast: Episode 20: July 24, 2008: Who Needs an Interrogator Droid?


Get ready for a whole lot of interviews as we put the questions to the creators of Robot Chicken, Star Wars artist Katie Cook, Trooper of the Month Thomas Spanos, Spike TV viral video stars, and R2-KT Coin Project Coordinator Lesley Farquhar. Don’t worry, we’ve also got recent news, mission reports, and the usual 501st goodness. We also make good on a forgotten trivia question from last episode…listen and win! Show Notes: Episode XX (July 24, 2008) Hosts: Dean Plantamura (TK-899), Lor (TK-7883) and Jumpin’ Joe Stevenson (TK-6064) Post-Production: Dean Plantamura (TK-899) Content Development: Nicky Blum (DZ-8397) and Dean Plantamura (TK-899) Contributors: Andrew Liptak (TK-3220), Adam Scott (RC-6124) Recent News Induction of Robot Chicken crew as Friends of the Legion (photos)R2-KT coin project - interview with Lesley (TR-3774) (coin picture)501st on Spike TV commercials (videos)New England Garrison: Hasbro commerical (video)The Pam Schoof Cancer FundStormtrooper Smash: The Sequel (original video) Warning: mature content.Dune Sea Garrison on Fox 10 Phoenix (video) Honorary Member Interview - Star Wars artist Katie Cook Mission Reports Weird Al Concerts Bloodfin Garrison (photos)Garrison Excelsior (photos)MidSouth Garrison (video) Costa Rica Outpost: CosParty 2008 & Cow Parade (video)Canadian Garrison’s Capital City Squad: Family Fun Day with Roger’s HouseGerman Garrison: Annual Gathering at MovieparkTaiwan Formosa Outpost: Clone Wars sneak peekNew England Garrison: Borders Books Radio Interview (photos) Trooper of the Month Interview - Thomas Spanos, SL-1876 Rebel Legion Segment Upcoming Events Southern California Garrison: San Diego Comic-ConToys R Us Clone Wars Toy Release (locations, press release)Darth Vader hot air balloon appearance - Redington Balloon Festival, New JerseyGarrison Carida: Steel City ConKaren Traviss signings Other Trooper Websites: Ed Karl, TK-2304Contest/GiveawayHonorary Member Birthday Wishes Anthony Forrest (July 25th)Drew Karpyshyn (July 28th) Standard Podcast: Download[...]