VADER’S FIST: 501st Legion Stormtrooper

From the Star Wars Wikia…

The 501st Legion was first canonized in 2004 by the novel Survivor’s Quest and e-book Fool’s Bargain, both written by Timothy Zahn and released simultaneously. This was a reference to the fan organization known as the 501st Legion charity group. Formed by Albin Johnson and Tom Crews in 1997, it was originally composed of members who wore stormtrooper costumes, and has since expanded to include all trooper variations, as well as Sith Lords, bounty hunters, and other villains from the series. It boasts over 3,500 members in 40 countries. The 501st Legion helps coordinate volunteers at Celebration, the official Star Wars convention. The group also has the nickname “Vader’s Fist,” which was subsequently also made the in-universe designation for the legion. The honorary leader is David Prowse, the actor who physically portrayed Darth Vader in the original trilogy.

Now, Sideshow has released a brilliant 12-inch figure that truly captures the awesomeness of the 501st:

The 501st Legion: Vader’s Fist Clone Trooper 12 inch Figure features:

* Fully articulated male body (armored body) with 30+ points of articulation
* Bodysuit
* Fully detailed armor set with helmet
* Clone Trooper Carbine Blaster
* Clone Trooper Long Rifle
* 12-inch Figure Display Base with Star Wars Logo
* Sideshow Exclusive: 501st Legion 12-inch Figure Display Base

The Montreal ToyCon Part 2: Cosplayers!

No convention is complete without its own cast of costumed characters and the cosplayers came out in full-force this Sunday, bringing together some beloved favourites from the wide world of geekery.

One of the biggest names in cosplay around the world is The 501st Legion (wiki). Also known as “Vader’s Fist”, the 4200 international members represent the best and brightest Star Wars costumers, with professional-quality uniforms and armor a must for membership. They’re known for their amazing accuracy in costume design and knowledge of the Star Wars universe and even George Lucas himself accepted an honourary membership in 2005. Naturally, we were pleased and honoured when the Canadian Garrison of the 501st stopped in to be among the many awesome cosplayers stopping by the con!

Here’s a look at the faces we saw at the MTC!