501st legion

501st legion

FAO: 501ST UKG COMMANDING OFFICER

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In response to comments that were made against the 501st in my Imperial Outlanders video MCM video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHgfx4NzwVw&feature=youtu.be original comments: My name is Gary and I am Commanding Officer of the UK Garrison. I find your comments interesting and indeed intriguing. You have openly, despite denying this in your video, attacked us based on what you advise is hearsay. I do not believe anyone was attacked or belittled or anything like at the MCM Expo event and certainly not at our UKG area where our sole purpose is to help and encourage new members. Perhaps instead of making assumptions based on hearsay you should register and find out for yourself what and who we are rather than listen to the haters out there who begrudge us our standing in the costuming community. We have worked hard making costuming something that is well respected and is available to all and for you to make the statements you have based on one persons third party story is disappointing to say the least. As I said why not join our forum and find out and if you or anyone else for that matter is of a mind get your armour to our standards and cleared with us and start trooping with us, then you may understand a little more about what we do. Your armour looks pretty good I doubt you will need to address much for our clearance standards and we will help you achieve that as we would with any new member. Last year we raised over £60,000 for charity and attended many fundraising events to help others raise money as well as appearing at hospitals and helping with many 'Wishes' for Make a Wish. Learn about us first hand rather than second hand and you never know you may even start to enjoy trooping with us. Elitist we are not, we are always trying to help and encourage new members to join and be part of the UKG. So here is an open invite for you to do just that! Happy belated birthday by the way! She is actually stating that the 501st UKG are acting in an unacceptable way and that is a misrepresentation. I have offered her the chance to find out first hand what we are like so that she can base her reports on first hand rather than second or even third hand information. Thus far to my knowledge she has not taken advantage of my invitation. We take what we do seriously and try to be best at what we do however we never presume to think we are better than anyone else because of that. We are often accused of being elitist but nothing could be further from the truth . We encourage and help anyone that wants to join us and become part of the world's largest costuming group. Projecting your own insecurities and fears because you don't know or don't understand something is not a positive way forward and almost invariably causes problems that need not exist. As I have previously suggested come and talk to us at any of the events we attend particularly when we have our table set up or better yet join our forum and take part in what we do. Brian: Funny you mention the attitude of the UK Garrison. I was Boba Fett at MCM on the Friday and Saturday. Completely scratch built costume; pretty good but not CRL passable. I approached a couple troopers on the Friday and they were pretty grumpy & dismissive. I don't know whether they were in character or not ,they were making a guy do press ups so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and say they were, but as a nervous guy at my first con wanting to make new cosplay friends, it was a bit disheartening. On Saturday I met a similar group for non-approved Star Wars cosplayers who restored my faith in the cosplay community and I went to the 501st stall with a couple other non-approved Fetts. A crowd of about 15 photographers materialized out of nowhere, lining up opposite us to snap photos as if we were on the red carpet. One of the stormtroopers glared at us as if we didn't belong. But we enjoyed our time in the limelight regardless. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how accurate the suit is;...