Who–or what–is the 501st Legion, anyway?

The 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. Vader’s Fist. The Bad Guys Who Do Good. Fan boys. Die-hard fans. We’ve been called a lot of things.

For starters, we’re not all technically stormtroopers, but we do have a lot of stormtroopers, all over the world. The 501st Legion is an international fan organization, and the preferred Imperial costuming group of Lucasfilm, Ltd. (LFL). We have more than 10,000 members in 50 countries.

We are a non-stock, not-for-profit volunteer organization. We build and wear Star Wars costumes, volunteer for charity, and attend collectible or other related conventions. We are not mascots or cosplayers.

We’re not sponsored or compensated by LFL. We are not in any legal or official capacity connected with LFL, but they occasionally ask us to appear at official events.