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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.


What type of activities does your group do?

The Desert Scorpion Garrison makes appearances at events ranging from conventions to performing local community and charity work. Causes we have “trooped” for include the Starlight, Telethon, Radio Lollipop and the Special Children’s Christmas Party, just to name a few.


Does the 501st charge for appearances?

While we do not charge a fee for appearances (public or private), we enthusiastically welcome donations made to one of your favorite charities in the name of the Desert Scorpion Garrison - 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.


Is the 501st a part of Lucasfilm?

While recognized by the inclusion of the 501st name in official Star Wars material such as books and video games, the 501st is not affiliated with Lucasfilm nor do we rely on the company for bookings, event coordination, compensation, or costuming materials. The 501st Legion is a volunteer fan organization.


How can I join?

To become a member, you need to be at least 18 years of age and own a screen accurate bad guy costume from one of the Star Wars films, TV shows, computer games, books and comics. Each costume is owned and in many cases built by our members and is as accurate and some times more true to life, than those used in the films that were made up to 40 years ago. Just by joining our forums, introducing yourself and letting us know which character you would like to become, you will be taking your first step into a much bigger world and that’s one step that you never regret. Head over to our Forum, introduce yourself and you will find a wealth of information available and plenty of members ready to help. For more information about the 501st Legion head over to the website


I would like some Star Wars characters for a public/private event

If you would like some of our members to attend a public/private event, please visit the 501st Legion Event Request link or use the Contact Us link


I would like some Star Wars characters for a corporate/retail event

If you are a corporation/retailer and would like some of our members to attend an event, please visit Lucasfilm's event request form LFL Request Link