Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What type of activities does your group do, and how do I learn what you have done before in the past?
A: The Central California Garrison makes appearances at events ranging from media conventions to performing service in our local communities. Our group has played a contributing role in such events like the San Diego Comic-con, the nation's largest comic convention, and Star Wars Celebration, the second major Lucas Film Limited endorsed convention that celebrates the Star Wars Universe. Aside from entertainment, our group also participates in service work such as Coats for Kids, a clothing drive for Sacramento families, and makes visits to children's hospitals. To get a list of activities that our group plans to do along with checking out what we have done in the past, please check our EVENTS page.

Q. Does your group charge or ask for anything in return for appearances?
A: Our group exists as a volunteer organization. We simply ask for access to an event and a place to change and store our costumes. While we do not charge a fee for appearances (public or private), we enthusiastically welcome donations made to your favorite charity in the name of the 501st Legion. If you do not have a charity of choice, we would happily provide you with a list of some of our favorite charities.

Q. If I would like the Central California Garrison branch of the 501st to participate in an event, whom do I contact?
A: If you would like our group to participate at an event, complete an APPEARANCE REQUEST FORM or contact the Garrison CO listed at the top of the MEMBERS page.

Q: I really like your costumes. Where do I buy one?
A: The best places to check into the availability or construction information about a costume is via the appropriate ‘Detachment’ forums of the 501st. These subunits exist as a base of information regarding specific costumes. For a listing of the Detachments, please visit the RESOURCES page on 501st.com.

Q: What are the guidelines regarding my costume?
A: Membership requires an appropriate Star Wars Villain themed costume and is based on the following two criteria:
1. AUTHENTICITY: In essence, the costume you wear must be accurate to the source material. Custom modifications to your costume, such as adding decals, stickers or a modified paint scheme will render your costume ineligible for Legion membership.
2. QUALITY: Although the 501st is a fan-based organization, we pride ourselves in our professionalism regarding the quality and authenticity of our costumes.

Q. What memberships requirements does the 501st have?
A. Costumes must be accurate recreations of Villain costumes from the Star Wars Universe. Costumes must be complete, containing all the parts in good working order and appearance.

​Q. Can I be one of the "good guys"?
​A. Absolutely, but not as a member of the 501st. If you are interested in costuming as a "good guy" from the Star Wars universe, you can find info from our sister group, the REBEL LEGION. Many in our group are members of both legions.

Q. How do I make contact with a local affiliation of the 501st?
A. The Central California Garrison covers California’s Central Valley from Fresno to Redding. Please refer to our MEMBERS page on this site to contact the appropriate personnel. If you live in another area and wish to locate your local garrison, please visit the 501st's GARRISONS link. Click the state or area within a state for local Garrison contacts.

Q. How do I join the 501st and whom do I contact for membership?
A. Visit the 501st Legion website page: JOIN US. Please refer to the gallery page on the same site to locate your nearest local Garrison, you will be assigned there. You will be contacted by your Garrison's Membership Liaison (GML) once your application has been processed. Note: To register and use the database you must have a valid e-mail address.

Q. Can Minor's join the 501st?
A: You must be at least 18 years of age to join the 501st legion. If you are under 18, please check out the GALACTIC ACADEMY, a group created for our younger cadets.

Q. Is your group affiliated with Lucasfilm?
A. The 501st Legion is a fan based costuming group inspired by the Star Wars saga. While not sponsored by Lucasfilm LLC, it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. The Star Wars name, logo, trademarks and characters are all property of Lucasfilm, LLC.