I Am Rebel Legion: The Story of Nancy

This article is part of an ongoing series of testimonials from our members, who gladly shared their stories about how The Rebel Legion has made a positive impact in their lives as well as the ones from the people in their community. If you want your story to be featured, send it to angie.rivera@gmail.com   May 24 of 2014.  I was on my way to deliver a costume for my goddaughter so she could dress up to attend Puerto Rico Comic Con.  I was already curious about the event, but every year I planned to attend, something always happened that I couldn’t go.  There were no tickets left for that day.  At the time I was going through a deep depression and it was the first time I took sick leave from work.  Due to the situation, my mother insisted that I attend the convention on Sunday, because there were tickets available.  I was very hesitant because I didn’t have a costume.  Since I was a girl I loved dressing up for Halloween.  When I reached adulthood I always chose to dress up in costumes that were different to me.  Lots of makeup to hide my face.  To be unrecognizable to my friends was a lot of fun for me so dressing up as Princess Leia was never an option.  The only thing I knew about Star Wars was the Prequel Trilogy with Hayden Christensen and the main characters of the Original Trilogy. My mother finally convinced me to attend Comic Con that Sunday.  I thought I had to dress up as Princess Leia for the event, because people always told me that I look a lot like Carrie Fisher.  I knew that a Princess Leia costume wasn’t going to be available because it wasn’t Halloween season, so I bought the first thing I found: a white dance outfit.  My mother completed the outfit by adding a white pillowcase (you read that right; a pillowcase), and painted a pair of old sneakers with white Griffin Scuff.  What a mother wouldn’t do for a daughter to make her feel better! As soon as I stepped into the venue, a new time in my life started in the time I was the saddest.  Before that day, I was always exhausted because of my workload, I was lonely, felt different, and more focused on making other people happier than I was.  Dance troupes were my therapy, but I didn’t belong to any at the time.  Time went by and my friends moved on.  I felt weird because I was always talking about movies and making costumes.  While my friends always talked about kids and...

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Base Highlight: Colombia Outpost (English)

Para la versión en Español de este artículo, entra aquí. Base/Outpost Name: Colombia Outpost Location: Colombia Established: October 30, 2015 Command Staff:  BCO: Pablo José Rico (Macu Winsan) BXO: Jose Luis Aponte (Josan Samlun) BMO: Wilmer Rincon (Renwin de Argol) At this time Colombia Outpost is composed of four active members.  Our translator, Jennifer Muller Trujillo is a prospective member of the legion. We are Star Wars fans since many years, so we started a fan club called Star Wars Colombia La Vieja República (Star Wars Colombia The Old Republic).  We became involved with Rebel Legion because we are motivated by the social work and to contribute in favor of those who need; that is the main reason why we wanted to belong to this great family. We received support from our legionnaire brothers from Autana Outpost (based in Venezuela): Xiomer Bolivar, Richard Gonzales and Marco Guevara, who guided us in the formation process of our Outpost.  Since we throw our Outpost in SOFA 2015  (Salón del Ocio y la Fantasía. In English: Entertainment and Fantasy Hall) the acceptance has been very good and our interest is to work very hard so we can grow up as an organization and work together for those who need.   At this moment our performed missions are:     SOFA 2015 (Salón del Ocio y la Fantasía. In English: Entertainment and Fantasy Hall). Official Release of the Laptop Hewlett Packard Star Wars Edition. A Star Wars Christmas (toy drive to help children of Sentires Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps vulnerable population). Desert Photo shoot (A photo shoot simulating Tatooine desert). Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens premiere (invitation from Lucas Film through Disney). Episode VII the Force Awakens movie invitation with the children of Sentires Foundation. Gift Delivery and Christmas Celebration in the headquarters of Sentires Foundation for all the children.   Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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I Am Rebel Legion: The Story Of William

This article is part of an ongoing series of testimonials from our members, who gladly shared their stories about how The Rebel Legion has made a positive impact in their lives as well as the ones from the people in their community. If you want your story to be featured, send it to angie.rivera@gmail.com   I remember when I was a kid, my father (may he rest in peace) took me to the now defunct theater in Cataño to see “The Empire Strikes Back”; I only remember a few scenes that stayed in my mind.  Years later, they took me to see “Return Of The Jedi”, which I remember in its entirety.  Since then, I’ve been a life-long fan of the Star Wars saga.  Whoever claims to know me and not know how a big of a fan I am, doesn’t really know me at all. Idiot.  Stupid.  Immature.  Ridiculous.  Those are only a few of the things people write about me and don’t have the slightest idea. I belong to a worldwide, non-profit organization called The Rebel Legion, and my local chapter is called Puerto Rico Base.  In this organization I learned to build costumes that are replicas of the originals used in the movies.  Through this organization I can give back to my community by bringing joy to whoever needs it and help my people.  I don’t charge a penny for doing all this and I don’t seek any kind of recognition.  I do this because it’s my way of helping others. By being a member of Puerto Rico Base, I had the opportunity to collaborate with entities like: Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, Relay For Life and Children’s Hospitals, among others.  I’ve also made friends that will last for the longest time, here in Puerto Rico as well as in other countries like Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Japan, and Costa Rica, among others. If doing good to my community means to be called “idiot, stupid, immature, ridiculous”, so be it.  I’d rather be called those things than being called criminal, abuser, drug trafficker or addict. My name is William Desiderio and I am a Star Wars Fan.  I have a family which I adore, and they support me in everything I do.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering and a good job.  To My God and to my family I thank for everything I do and everything I am.   Like Puerto Rico Base on Facebook and Follow on Twitter. Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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Highlight: Apollo Base

Location: Ohio USA Established: November 27, 2015 Command Staff: BCO: Briankenobi (Brian Pauley) BXO: bountyhunterq (Dave Quillen) BMO: Bacca9 (Jamie Arielle) Apollo Base is the latest branch of the Rebel Legion with deep ties in Ohio.  As part of the Great Lakes Base, which originally covered Michigan and Ohio, our members attended over 200 events a year.  During its 5 year run, Michigan and Ohio experienced a lot of growth in members, which lead to the states separating into their own bases.  Now with the inception of Apollo Base, Ohio is poised to continue to serve The Buckeye State with over 100 events every year. Some of the high profile events we attend every year are: -The Columbus Clippers (AAA baseball team for the Cleveland Indians) -The Cincinnati Reds game -Yuri’s Night (a celebration of space and astronauts) We continue to grow and have a very diverse character roster.  We have a number of Wookiees and Jawas and we still have more people working on those costumes.  Apollo Base is looking to continue to represent the Rebel Legion the best we can because “it’s what we do.” Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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Jackson Becomes a Jedi
Jan12

Jackson Becomes a Jedi

This was a joint event between Ghost Base and Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion to make a little boy’s wish come true. Jack has terminal brain cancer and he wanted nothing more than to become a Jedi. His wish was going to be granted at Disney World, but in the fall, his cancer worsened quickly, so Make-a-Wish sent Jack and his family to Disney World, but when they got there, the Jedi Academy was closed. Our Clubhouse, a cancer support center for children and their families, offered their space for us to help make Jack’s wish come true. Ghost Base had less than two weeks to organize something, and everyone involved responded in an amazing fashion. Three Ghost Base members – Erin Blank, Amy Hill, and Josh Murphy – all helped to make a Jedi costume for Jack worthy of the Rebel Legion, which included robes, a tunic, spats to serve as boots, and his very own lightsaber. Radu Plucinsky of the 501st Legion also made a youngling training helmet (like the ones seen in Episode II) for Jack. Amy and Erin also worked with a western PA seamstress to quickly create fifteen robes for the other younglings (Jack’s friends and family) that accompanied Jack at the event. Bobby and Jessica Linn of the 501st Legion prepared for all of the younglings, which included Matchbox cars, posters, action figures, and so much more! They also provided Jackson with a posted signed by Stephen Stanton who voiced Grand Moff Tarkin in The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Ryan Miorelli of Sunrider Base also graciously volunteered to walk through the Jedi Academy script provided by Lucas Film, and he handled everything with wisdom and patience worthy of a true Jedi Master. Ryan taught the children how to calm their minds, to think positive, and to use the Force to repel enemies, which everyone -Jackson especially – got to put to the test with the arrival of Darth Vader, his guards, and his officers. Jackson himself stood up and chased Vader out of the room with the power of the Force! Without everyone’s efforts from both the Rebel Legion and the 501st, none of this would have been possible, andJackson’s dream would never have come true. Truly, this was an event that reminded us all why it is that we do what we do.     Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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“The Force Awakens” World Premiere
Dec25

“The Force Awakens” World Premiere

Collaborators: William Holmes, Chris Hummel, Adam Warman   December 14th of 2015 is a memorable day for Star Wars fans across the galaxy, but especially for the costuming organizations that promote the famous franchise. Members of the Rebel Legion, 501st Legion, Mandalorian Mercs and The Dark Empire were invited to the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. About a half mile of Hollywood Boulevard was closed for preparation of the event.  A tent was setup covering the entrances of the main venue, as well as the Dolby Theater and the TCL Chinese Theater.   Fans started gathering alongside the Boulevard starting at 2pm.  A livestream started at around 4:30pm PST which was broadcast on the official website, StarWars.com.  National and international press covered the event. At 6:00pm PST, people headed to the theaters.  One of the theaters was selected for an introductory speech from Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company) about the legacy of “Star Wars” in the history of popular culture, while introducing the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, alongside J.J. Abrams (director) and Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter of “The Empire Strikes Back”, “Return Of The Jedi” and assistant screenwriter for “The Force Awakens”).  Shortly after, the main cast was introduced to an astonished audience prior to the beginning of the main event. Right after the main event, guests were escorted to the after party section, which was prepared with all kinds of amenities for the red carpet guests, turning Hollywood Boulevard in a party that people will never forget. We consider ourselves fortunate to receive an invitation to the World Premiere of the most awaited movie of the decade, if not of the century.  J.J. Abrams did not disappoint with his vision of the galaxy far, far away that has been passed from generations; my mother was 19 when the “Star Wars” was released, I was 18 when “The Phantom Menace” was released, and most of my contemporaries already have kids who will enjoy the new adventures of our beloved characters, and will pass the baton to the new heroes. Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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