December 16, 2007
Report from Gizmodo.com:
SANTA’S FACTORY, North Pole (Agencies) – An Imperial Stormtrooper commando broke into Santa’s Factory in the North Pole yesterday evening, killing an undetermined number of elves, arresting the owner and confiscating his sled. Joe Kwazansky, local spokesman for the Evil Galactic Empire in Los Angeles, appeared in a press conference this morning confirming the rumors of an Imperial takeover of Christmas’ celebrations. “The Emperor wants to assure His subjects that Xmas will continue as planned. The pug-nosed fatso, however, will pay for his crimes,” Mr. Kwazansky said amidst the palpable shock in the press corps. Apparently, the arrest has occurred in connection with earlier reports on the manufacturing and stealth placement of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Read full story here:
Imperial Stormtroopers Arrest Santa, Emperor to Take Over Xmas
Gizmodo, Club Jade
November 26, 2007
(Photo from The Daily Telegraph)
Stormtroopers from the Terror Australis 501st Garrison posed outside the Sydney Opera House with two violinists ahead of concerts featuring the work of Star Wars music composer John Williams.
Science fiction met classical tradition as violinists Alex Mitchell and Emma West proved they have more than one string to their bow when they braved hordes of tourists.
Read all about it here.
And learn all about the 501st Garrison in Australia:
Know A Legion: Terror Australis Garrison
October 22, 2007
Every year the 501st Legion’s New England Garrison marches in the Woburn, MA Halloween parade. Last year their float featured Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader re-enacting The Empire Strikes Back “I am your father” duel. This year it’s Jabba’s palace, featuring a full sized Jabba the Hutt puppet!
Check out the video here.
October 18, 2007
Throughout the last 30 years Dolby and Star Wars have formed a strong symbiotic bond in providing the ultimate entertainment experience. So it was no surprise when Dolby teamed up with the 501st Legion’s Japanese Garrison to attract conference attendees to its booth at CEATEC Japan — one of the largest Consumer Electronics shows in the Asia Pacific region which took place from October 2-6. Darth Vader, accompanied by the Emperor’s Royal Guard and stormtroopers, was on hand to patrol the Dolby booth and attract conference attendees to Dolby demonstrations at the show.
The Force was strong with Dolby and the 501st Legion as thousands of attendees witnessed Dolby unveil its latest entertainment technologies. These included Dolby 3D Digital Cinema for movie theaters, Dolby Vision and Dolby Contrast to improve LCD TVs with LED backlighting as well as Dolby Volume.
Check out the photos from the event here.
October 15, 2007
In honor of the launch of Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and the Sony Star Wars Battlefront PSP Entertainment Pack, Sony and LucasArts threw a launch party at the Sony Metreon in San Francisco.
Check out the photos here:
Renegade Squadron Launch Party
October 15, 2007
The new 2008 Guinness Book of World Records now lists the 501st Legion as the world’s “Largest Star Wars Costume Group.”
According to 501st.com:
Page 174 of the newly-published book features a write-up and photos of the stormtroopers from the 2007 Rose Parade. Click here for a photo of the page.
Congratulations to everyone in the 501st Legion!
To read more about the 501st, check out our Know a Legion series on starwars.com.
September 24, 2007
(photo by Bob DeSimone)
A recent concert review in New York Magazine reveals that our favorite comedian/singer/curly-haired god — Weird Al — invited the Empire City Garrison of the 501st Legion which included a Darth Vader, two sandtroopers and 10 stormtroopers to come up on stage with him — impressing fans including this music critic!
The evening’s undeniable highlight was the half-hour mash-up of Al’s best-loved song parodies — yep, he played “Eat It.” “Amish Paradise” too — culminating in “The Saga Continues,” his Star Wars–themed version of Don McLean’s “American Pie,” for which he was flanked by Darth Vader and eight dancing Stormtroopers. Even some girls enjoyed it!
Read the full review here:
‘Weird Al’: Still Great! (via New York Magazine)
Be sure to check out our own interview with Weird Al about his love for Star Wars here on starwars.com:
“Weird Al” — Nerdy Something