Hundreds from the Dune Sea Garrison of the 501st Legion are descending on Phoenix Comiccon this weekend. These Storm Trooper Bad-asses are “Bad Guys Doing Good,” said Joe LaFortune, Commanding Officer of the Garrison. “We are part of a worldwide costuming club with a focus on the bad guys.”
Even members from New Mexico attended.Here is Wayne Sullivan, pictured above, having a good time hamming it up for the camera.
Providing tons of fun along with four other local Stars Wars groups: the R2D2 Builders club, Mos Eisley Base of the Rebel Legion, The Dark Empire and the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club.
The Dune Sea Garrison participates in a lot of charity events over the years, including a yearly Toy Drive, Climb the Mountain for Cancer event in Flagstaff, AZ and the Phoenix Multiple Sclerosis (MS) walk where the entire Legion walks 5 miles. The walk has taken a personal turn for the Legion as some of the local members have developed MS themselves.
The Dune Sea Garrison raised over $8000 last year and the entire Legion worldwide has raised millions of dollars.
The Garrison has two requirements to join: (1) One must be over the age of 18. (2) One must have a movie accurate Star Wars villain costume. “But don’t worry,” explains Joe, “We will help you get your costume together.”
All the Star Wars groups meet monthly for a meet-and-greet to get to know each other and help other with group requirements for joining.
For info on the Dune Sea Garrison and their Meet and Greet, visit http://duneseagarrison.com.