Heroes Of The Empire (Documentary)

Instead of watching the films for the hundredth time, this Star Wars Day I decided to watch a documentary I’d been meaning to see for quite some time. For fans this group is a huge part of the fandom so it’s great to see some of them get the recognition they deserve with this hour-long documentary.

Directed by Tom Long, Heroes Of The Empire is the “untold story of the 501st Legion UK garrison” and features stories from some of the members and their families.

The 501st is a world-wide collection of Star Wars costumers. Initially started in 1997 the organisation is classified as a non profit. Its members and their costumes are held to a high standard both in and out of character.

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They are involved in a huge amount of charity work internationally:

The 501st Legion mission :

“…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…”

To Promote Interest in Star Wars
While a growing number of people are experiencing a reawakening of their Star Wars fandom, new generations are seeking ways to celebrate their passion for George Lucas’s modern mythology. The 501st Legion brings these fans together, reinforcing the enduring longevity of the Star Wars saga.

To Facilitate the Use of Costumes
Some fans are content to collect action figures…other fans want to be action figures. Nothing professes your passion quite like building your own detailed costume replica of a classic Star Wars villain, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling that comes from bringing the characters of Star Wars into the real world and sharing the magic with others.

To Contribute
While our organization was founded to simply provide a collective identity for costuming fans with similar interests, the 501st is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteering. Read more about our charity work here.

In addition to our Legion Charter, you can also review our Operating ProtocolsCharter Evolution, and Council Resolutions.

If you would like to inquire about 501st appearances, please use our event request form. If you have any other questions or comments, please use our feedback form.”


The 501st Legion itself is a distillation of what it means to be a nerd. This documentary shows the pinnacle and positivity of costuming, cosplay and fandom.

You can learn more about the 501st via their website : https://www.501st.com/.

You can watch this fantastic documentary on Youtube :


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