So Friday was my birthday, coincidentally, it was also the day that Cars 2 was out in theaters so we took the nerdlings to see it on Saturday. Upon arrival at the movies, we were welcomed by….Bobba Fett? I was like, uh, hey wait a minute this is pretty cool. After purchasing our tickets we walked back only to find several awesome looking stormtroopers, A WORKING R2-D2 Unit (Geek-gasm) and Darth Vader himself (ironic because my wife got me the Darth Vader Lightsaber collectable only hours prior).
The Empire commandeered the movies to raise money for several charities (and no this isn’t just a psi-op to cover up that whole Alderaan thing). The 501st Legion site ( http://www.501st.com ) says:
“The Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work…”
Awesome! These guys have found a way to not only do something they love, but also use it to raise money for good causes! Not only do they work to help raise funds, but they also work as evangelists for those of us who still love star wars (not just the movies, BTW). Great job you guys, your skill in AWESOME has increased by +20.
So, maybe these Empire guys arent Alll bad….. LOL.
P.S. Cars 2 was awesome!
For more pics of this event check out http://www.legionpics.blogspot.com