One of the more interesting and heartwarming panels featured at Long Beach Comic-Con was none other than Star Wars Prop and Costume making, hosted by the 501st Legion as well as the Rebel Legion. The 501st Legion is an organization dedicated to cosplaying various villains of the Star Wars universe and appearing at various charity events nationwide. They dress as villains to give the “bad guys” a chance to do some good. The Rebel Legion is a similar organization, only they dress as the heroes of the Star Wars universe.
Hosted by Brandon Jackson, the panel featured an inside look at both organizations. After sharing what they were all about, panelist Shawn Crosby (sporting a screen accurate Obi-Wan Kenobi costume made from the same fabric of the Alec Guinness original) recalled a touching story in which he was giving “lightsaber training lessons” to kids at a local children’s hospital. When attacked by a young boy that had had his arm amputated, Crosby told the young Jedi that he would not go easy on him, for he could tell that he was a brave warrior to have lost an arm “in battle”.
In addition to various charity events, the 501st and Rebel Legions have even been hired by Lucasfilm to appear at various Star Wars-themed events including Star Tours at Disneyland, Star Wars Celebration, and even the red carpet premiere of the film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For more information on the 501st and Rebel Legions, as well as how to join, visit http://www.501st.com/.