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
* 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
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We have been getting quite a bit of questions on the next show date of the Montreal ToyCon. We are currently looking at relocating the show to downtown Montreal. To try and keep the dealer table and general admission price down, we do not plan to have the show at the Convention Center (Palais des Congres) or the Place Bonaventure. These two locations cost a fortune to rent and frankly…are a rip off.
We firmly believe in keeping low cost tables for the dealers so they can display a wide variety of products as well as offering great prices to the public. The success of this toy and comic book show depends on all the hard working dealers who offer rare collectibles at a very reasonable price. Of course, the show is also dependent on the scores of happy dedicated customers attending. The combination of both has resulted in a great successful show thus far.
We would like to thank all our exhibitors:
Lego Club (QueLug). It was a pleasure meeting all these Lego experts and seeing their creations was a real treat. We hope they return to the May 2009 show. We have some cool pictures of their display. Photos
501st Legion Quebec Garrison (Alliance Imperial). These are the costumed characters as pictured above. From Star Wars Stormtroopers to Transformers, they really looked great. Most of the costumes were homemade but they look so realistic, it was impressive. You cannot buy these costumes at a store. You can take a look at some of the photos from the show. Bravo…guys and gals…can’t wait to check out their new costumes for the next show. We desperately need to see Darth Vader. Photos