April 26, 2010

When Someone Hands you Stormtrooper Armor

What can you do but try it on?

A member of the 501st Legion dropped some armor at the house for some minor repair, and she very kindly gave me permission to try it on.  It's not something I ever thought I would have the opportunity to do, so when I say I bounced all over the room with excitement, I'm not exaggerating.  Really.  I have witnesses. 

I learned several things about myself and Stormtroopers.

- I need to work on my gun wielding skills.
- Stormtroopers cannot be expected to get ready in a hurry.  I felt like I needed a numbered guide to know which pieces should go on when.  It was a little trial and error to get everything on.

- It wasn't uncomfortable to wear...unless you want to move.  Then it's a little challenging.

Mostly - my respect for members of the 501st increased by a million.  I can't imagine wearing this armor for a few hours, let alone all day.  Then there's the dedication to making the costume.

Someone mentioned that they get armor bites, and then kindly pointed out to me that they do accept a few different kinds of costumes.  You can spend hours browsing their site researching types and requirements.  This page in particular lists all th qualifying detachments.  Clone troopers to Tusken raiders to biker scouts.

A few more photos of me as a Stormtrooper here.


  1. Wow, that does look pretty awesome. I could definitely see how maneuvering in it could be difficult though!

    Girls Are Geeks

  2. There's also the sister group the Rebel Legion ... www.rebellegion.com which I am a member of. ;)

  3. Good you got the chance to wear an armor. It is a great experience. But I must say you missed the real cool stuff of it: Trooping with brothers and sisters of the Legion and most important, being able to give joy to children and grown ups around you.

    Greetings from Mexico.


  4. Rosalind - I really don't know how they manage at all day events. Sitting down once in a while has its perks.

    Jedi-J - I met some members of the Rebel Legion at a recent comic expo. They were so, so nice. I'm considering it, especially with the Padme costume I want to do.

    Plasta - I did miss out on the true experience of wearing the gear, huh? You guys (and the Rebel Legion) really have the power to make people's faces light up. It's really cool what you guys do.

    1. DO IT. Joining has been the most rewarding experience of my life. I saw a little girl's face completely light up at a baseball game we were at. She was wrapped in Vader's cloak and was beaming from ear to ear.

  5. If only the armor would protect you from, say, blaster shots..... lol


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