Summary:  Author, film-maker and costumer James Hannon takes you through the first 3 videos in a series showing how to put on various Star Wars costumes from the 501st Legion’s NorthEast Remnant (NER) Garrison.    Designed to show people all the intricacies that these costumes have that make them look as tho the wearer has just walked off the movie screen and into reality.  Covering the Sandtrooper (TD), BikerScout (TB), and TIE Pilot costumes in these videos with more to come shortly.


Back in 2009, I joined the 501st Legion. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a volunteer fan organization where its members dress in screen-accurate Star Wars “bad guy” costumes and go out to various comic conventions, charity and corporate events to promote Star Wars.  Lucasfilm gave us permission to do this, and have regularly used us for various events over the years.

Much more detailed info can be found on the 501st Legion website and the Wikipedia entry for the group.

Here in New Jersey, my local group is the 501st NorthEast Remnant Garrison.  I’m currently the Garrison Public Relations Officer (GPR) and I’m tasked with helping to promote the group – which is easy because the group does some great work with charity organizations.

One of the things we decided to do is create a series of videos to show how to put on various Star Wars costumes. Some of the costumes we have are pretty complicated to put on, and these videos were designed as a look behind-the-scenes and see how everything fits together. Many times in the dressing rooms for 501st events, troopers help each other get dressed, and while doing this, we gain an appreciation for other costumes… And being that our troopers learned stuff about other’s costumes, it stands to reason that others would be to. And this was the inspiration for this series of videos…

So without further adieu, here are the first 3 videos in the series:

Video #1 – How to put on SandTrooper Armor by Johnny Rox – TD-2298

Video #2 – How to put on Biker Scout Armor with Bro Browning – TB-8869

Video #3 – How to put on TIE Pilot Armor with James Hannon (TI-6799)

Here are some setup pics for the TIE Pilot video:


More to come soon!

For more information check out these links:

Main 501st
501st Northeast Remnant Garrison of
Mos Eisley Police Department (Sandtroopers info)
PathFinders Detachment (Biker Scouts info)
Jolly Roger Squadron Detachment (TIE Pilots info)


Just a quick ending note.  Joining the 501st, I’ve met a lot of great new friends out there, did some good in the world, and had some interesting adventures along the way. As a matter of fact, I found things so interesting that I decided to write a book about the experiences of all the cool people I have met during the way. Hopefully it will be ready by October 2011, and I’m busting my butt trying to make that happen.

By the way, other than a couple stragglers, the main interviews for the book are done… But if you are reading this, and think you have the coolest costuming story ever, feel free to email me at and let me know – Until I lock the book down, I’ll gladly listen to (or read) any experiences that you have in the costuming world that you think the world needs to hear…


As always, thanks a bunch for checking my blog page out! Feel free to comment!

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