Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

Hello everybody,

Well it been some time since I have put on the Armor and completed a much needed troop. Today I trooped with the great people of Squad 7 and the Wolfson Children Challenge. This is an annual event and was my first. the crowed was big and were running all around. although it was cold out it didn’t stop the supporter of this event from turning out for the kids.

Here is a link to the event and everything they do to help the kids that are in need of wolfsons help.

Wolfsons Childre’s Challenge

here are some photos of the event.

troopmetroop6troop1troop4troop5troop7troop8troop9troop15troop14troop13troop12troop11troop10troop16troop17troop18troop19troop20troop21

Event Date was: January 28, 2017

 

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Blast for the Past, yep another great troop at the Jacksonville Art Walk. This is one of my favorite troops to do. it is also the hardest one to work into the schedule. But the pay off is a lot of people excited to see us and we really get to make memories with all who stop and get a picture with us.


DSCN1228 DSCN1227 DSCN1224 DSCN1226 DSCN1225

 

Read Full Post »

16-ACC2015BannerTroop Dates July 18-19 2015


Today warps up a two day troop at the Ancient City Con. It also was the first time back in my armor since late October 2014. It felt wonderful walking around the convention floor all suited up. There really is nothing like it. Even with my limited vision, watching the peoples faces both grown adults and young kids just put a smile on your face which no one will ever see.

There was a good turn out and the fan came all dressed up in their favorite cos-play costumes. The range of cos-play spanned so many things it would be hard to list. so I wont try but just to say there were a lot of costumes that people put a lot of work into.

I look forward to next years convention, I like the new location (Prime Osborne Convention Center) it has enough space for everybody and give us room to breath lol.. So keep an eye open for next years dates and see you there.

Enjoy the photos of a very small portion of what went on there.

01-IMG_3377 02-IMG_337803-IMG_3380 15-KilroyVader2 11-IMG_3393 14-KilroyVader 10-IMG_3392 13-ACC2015a 07-IMG_3385 06-IMG_3384 09-IMG_3387 04-IMG_3381 12-IMG_3395 08-IMG_3386

 

 

Read Full Post »

Show your Colors Run @ JU 5K


Troop Date 10-25-2014

01-Color Run 10-25-2014 001

After a 9 month absents from the 501st, I am back trooping, however this post is the last one that I did before my absents. So there is not much to say other than this was a fun and successful troop,  here are a bunch of photos from the color run.

22-Color Run 10-25-2014 068 18-Color Run 10-25-2014 049 17-Color Run 10-25-2014 047 16-Color Run 10-25-2014 045 15-Color Run 10-25-2014 039 14-Color Run 10-25-2014 036 13-Color Run 10-25-2014 029 12-Color Run 10-25-2014 028 11-Color Run 10-25-2014 027 10-Color Run 10-25-2014 025 09-Color Run 10-25-2014 022 08-Color Run 10-25-2014 014 07-Color Run 10-25-2014 011 06-Color Run 10-25-2014 007 05-Color Run 10-25-2014 005 04-Color Run 10-25-2014 004 03-Color Run 10-25-2014 003 02-Color Run 10-25-2014 002 01-Color Run 10-25-2014 001 28-Color Run 10-25-2014 086 27-Color Run 10-25-2014 082 26-Color Run 10-25-2014 081 25-Color Run 10-25-2014 076 24-Color Run 10-25-2014 072 23-Color Run 10-25-2014 070 21-Color Run 10-25-2014 056 20-Color Run 10-25-2014 054 19-Color Run 10-25-2014 051

 

 

Read Full Post »

01-Freedom Festival 2014 002Sweating it out in armor with new troopers and handlers this past weekend (06-28-2014) at the Orange park mall in Jacksonville, FL.

Freedom Festival was set to honor and support Military personal both retired and enlisted I believe. This was a fun troop with live music, fire trucks and many other booths loaded with information and food.

Squad 7 troopers and handlers met up in front of Dicks sporting store and it was a collection of regulars and new comers. If I have all their names correct we were introduced to Greg, Kevin and Aaron. Greg trooped as Vader and did a fantastic job at that. it was nice to see a Vader representing Squad 7 again.  Kevin and Aaron both working on their armor help handle and it was needed. Thanks to the new comers for coming and trooping with us.

The weather was HOT, the blazing sun beating down forced us to taking breaks every thirty to forty five minutes to ensure no trooper suffered heat exhaustion. we were able to troop on until the end of the event.2-IMG_0025

Squad 7 marched out to the crowed as we like to do and with no hesitation we were engulfed by the crowed to take pictures. we found a slightly shady spot and let the pictures take control as family after family walked and posed with us. it was great and the crowed was good, no problems at all. We walked the perimeter of the event so everybody could get up close and take pictures. we marched about with some good music playing on the main stage. people were dancing and enjoying the music even in the heat.

we wrapped up by taking a quick break and marching in side the mall around the food court and back to our dressing room. The mall crowed felt like the  Paparazzi running ahead of us clicking away on their phones. It was fun and a great way to end this troop. the crowed surly enjoyed seeing  us troop around like we owned the place lol…

This was a Hot but fun troop. I really enjoyed meeting and hanging a bit with some new squad7 members. of course I always enjoy the company of the regular troopers and they did a great job as well.

Squad7 you rock on!!!! Great Troop.

Photographer: Morgan Franklin

10-Freedom Festival 2014 035 12-Freedom Festival 2014 040 11-Freedom Festival 2014 037 09-Freedom Festival 2014 029 05-Freedom Festival 2014 016 06-Freedom Festival 2014 021 07-Freedom Festival 2014 026 08-Freedom Festival 2014 024 04-Freedom Festival 2014 009 03-Freedom Festival 2014 007 02-Freedom Festival 2014 005

1-IMG_2065

 

Read Full Post »

BreakingNewsPhoto

Breaking News!!! Stormtrooper and Tie Pilot exposed (Buckets Off!!)

As reported two imperial staff members one Stormtrooper and One Tie Pilot were seen in these exclusive photos with their buckets off (helmets). It appears from the photo that they were engaged in 501st propaganda. The room filled with young potential recruits that were exposed to the ways of the 501st and how they can start at a young age by joining the Galactic Academe and working their way up to join the empire. But what is the real story here.

The Real story….

Today the 501st trooped the Murray Hill Branch Jacksonville Public

Exclusive Photo

Exclusive Photo

Library for the “Travel to a Galaxy Far, Far Away” event. Two Troopers Me and Gina were invited to mingle with the kids taking photos and giving high fives. We also were able to do a question and answer session and talk a bit about the 501st to both the kids and the parents, well this required us to take off our buckets. It’s the first time that I have done this out in the public. Felt kind of weird but the cause was worth it. It was a limited crowed so not to bad.

Gina and I both spoke for a few min about the great thing we do for charity and people around the city. Also how they can start at their very young age to become a member of a club (Galactic Academe) and start down the road to becoming a 501st member when they hit 18.

The Kids asked question and took photos and then settled in for a movie. Sadly the Library could not do a showing of Star Wars, so they settled on Star fighter if I remember correctly.

This was a fun small troop and gave us a little different way of trooping. Well at least for me it was.

So in all a good troop, check out some more Exclusive Photos

Handler and Photographer: Morgan Franklin

1-Travel to a Galaxy 06-25-2014 002 8-Travel to a Galaxy 06-25-2014 009 2-Travel to a Galaxy 06-25-2014 003 9-Travel to a Galaxy 06-25-2014 011 6-Travel to a Galaxy 06-25-2014 008 5-Travel to a Galaxy 06-25-2014 007 4-Travel to a Galaxy 06-25-2014 006 3-Travel to a Galaxy 06-25-2014 005

 

Read Full Post »

GothamCityLimits

 

Standing in the rain, waiting for the doors to open at 10:00 am the line, it was long. what were they waiting on “Free Comic Book Day” I was excited to troop at the Gotham City Limits Comic Book Store on South side Blvd on Saturday the 3rd.

I was surprised a bit by this event. I must admit I have never been a comic book reader so as such I didn’t visit many comic book stores. So I was surprised to see how many people still  have a love for them as I had thought they were all but a historic foot note among the digital age. but I was wrong, every age group were ready to storm the store to  plunder through the plethora of comics that lined the wall.

I didn’t get to spend the whole day there but there were plenty of other troopers that showed up through the day to fill any void that may have been left. I really enjoyed seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids as they looked at all the comics.

if you get a moment stop by Gotham City Limits. they have an awesome store and I am sure you would find something to read.

Here are some photos of me and the event during my time there.

04-FCBD May 3 2014 004 05-FCBD May 3 2014 005 06-FCBD May 3 2014 006 07-FCBD May 3 2014 010 08-FCBD May 3 2014 012 09-FCBD May 3 2014 018 10-FCBD May 3 2014 020 11-FCBD May 3 2014 023 01-FCBD May 3 2014 001 02-FCBD May 3 2014 002 03-FCBD May 3 2014 003

 

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

07-1901461_691517014239926_6686765773571689132_n

What stated out to be an overcast day in St Augustine on Easter Sunday ended up being a beautiful day to troop the parade.  Everybody met up at the Old Jail and started dressing out for the day. Dawn was thoughtful and brought some ribbons for us to wear to show support for Duke who need our prayers and support this past few weeks.

The sky cleared up and it was time to step off and begin our trek through St Augustine. We walked and waved and the crowed as it always has showed their support of the 501st with loud applause as we marched by the long line of people that came to see this wonderful event.

Below are some pictures taken by Summer Leigh Franklin

03-10250081_10200819286603035_4299537336385488155_n 01-10299971_10200819283362954_1317899137475242496_n 02-10250298_10200819284122973_9139134075840695416_n 19-10155150_10200820149024595_3630396514287044752_n 18-10247367_691514824240145_3907636970897262197_n 17-10260015_691514710906823_9033889113438520637_n 16-1013553_691514894240138_7306049953656642008_n 13-10250081_10200819286603035_4299537336385488155_n (1) 12-10178023_10200819286163024_4307726291807202989_n 11-10257737_10200819285803015_435912578225964328_n 04-10156143_10200820133864216_2185756026063058914_n 05-10155197_691514944240133_2221543491235759032_n 06-10152619_691514927573468_7282490756944969666_n 09-10155461_10200819284682987_3469389551613643134_n 10-10177339_10200819285523008_5092126951365393532_n 14-10259835_10200819287243051_3812984732686499381_n

 

15-1530580_10200819286923043_683657693603714027_n

Photographer: Summer Leigh Franklin

 

 

Read Full Post »


501st-Charity-Blog-Header-MASTER

I wanted to share with everybody the totals that the 501st , Florida Garrison and Squad 7 rose during 2013 for all the charities we have trooped for.

I try to document each troop I take part in but there are so many more troops that happen which raises money for so many charitable organizations That I am not a part of.

We are lucky enough as a group to do troops that are both fun like parades and then some that really raise money for people that are in desperate need of help.

This year the 501st  , Florida Garrison and Squad 7 did a bang up job helping out where we could and here are the numbers.

501st Legion Charity Total for 2013
Direct donations: $262,328.00
Indirect donations: $32,823,907.00

Florida Garrison Charity Totals for 2013
Direct Donations: $12,270.62
Indirect Donations: $4,409,498.50

Squad 7 Charity Totals for 2013
Direct Donations: $2,780.62
Indirect Donations: $470,858.92

dancing-trooper

Read Full Post »

Mythbusters and the 501st Legion

Join the 501st on the Mythbusters as they show up on the show this season.

January 4th on Discovery

The 501st Legion will gain more national attention from the up coming season of the Mythbusters as some of the 501st members will appear on the hit TV show.

Mythbusters will be putting to the test some of the things we see in the star wars movies and to help them Star Wars up the place some very lucky 501st members will join in the fun.

Honorary member to the 501st Legion, Adam Savage and his co-host Jamie Hyneman looks into a galaxy far, far away to see if some of what we see in the movies can be busted as Myth’s. This episode is shaping up to be fun and educational for us all.

As for the 501st Legion, what great exposure to the global TV watching community. As a member it gives me great pride to see our brothers and sisters in armor on the TV representing the 501st legion with style and class.

The work that the 501st Legion does to help raise money for a long list of charities is sometime over shadowed by people who want to point only to the costuming part of who and what we are.

It’s true that our members has a love for Star Wars and costuming, but they also have the same passion to bring a little joy and entertainment to children and parents alike, by showing up in costume and allowing the families to excape from their daily troubles and smile for a change, if only for a short time its still means a lot to them.

It great when TV shows like the Mythbusters will allow groups like the 501st Legion to join in on the fun and help spread the message of the work that the 501st legion does each year. I truly believe the exposure that is gained when represented correctly will only help these charities in the long run. It also helps with recruitment to the 501st Legion as there are fans out there that are not aware that there is a club that embraces the movies as the 501st does and allows them to build a costume and become more then a fan, it allows them to live in that world and at the same time help raise money for people in need.

So buckets off to the Mythbusters and Adam Savage for this episode that’s coming. I know I thank you, I am sure the Legion thanks you and I hope the fans of your show will thank you for bringing something so awesome to your show.

Watch some video clips of the upcoming episode by following the links below.

Watch a small promo from Mythbuster website here: 501st and the Mythbusters

The 501st Legion website: here

——————————————————————————–

Image Credits DCI
Copyright © 2014 Discovery Communications, LLC.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: