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  • 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 wine. I was always wearing my geeky shirts, going to the theater on weekends, planning birthday parties with movie themes and that sort of stuff.  My girlfriends were obsessed with buying shoes and purses, and I was obsessed with buying sneakers.  An emptiness was taking over my life slowly.  An emptiness that is getting filled up again thanks to that Sunday afternoon at Puerto Rico Comic Con where I met Rafael, Maria Judith and William, who invited me to join the Rebel Legion Puerto Rico Base.  Since that day I realized that there are people like me, who are passionate about costuming, who live one day at a time and...

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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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    Photos of local landmarks wanted…

    Word has been received from Mary Franklin, Sr. Events Lead, Lucasfilm; that they are seeking photos of fans, in costume, by local/area landmarks; to be used on starwars.com Here is what you need to do: – Take pictures in your Star Wars costumes with your local landmarks. – Turn in the pictures with a signed copy of this form: LFL_PersonalRelease_13 to: fanevents@starwars.com – You can use one form for multiple pictures, but you need to list all the pictures on the form. – You can start turning them in at any time. The sooner the better! – The deadline is April 22nd, 2013 to turn in pictures. – Be sure to name the landmark, and area/city/country. – Have Fun, and May the 4th Be With You! Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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    Björn and Petra’s Star Wars Wedding

    Want to make Star Wars as a part of your special day or party? Here’s how one of our members did it.   From: Björn “Blarth” , Alpine Outpost Austria Mission: Wedding Mission status: successful Mission Date: 2013/02/28 Months had passed since the announcement of this mission, but the night before was not very receptive. I had done honor service before, guard duty, served in the front line, but no battle I ever faced made me this nervous. Same applied to my dear princess Petra. Nevertheless, nothing could have kept us from fulfilling our destiny that day. 0730 – first duty of the day: Cleaning up the barracks to clear out the head 0830 – preparing wedding dress and accessories 0900 – preparing Armor for ceremony 0930 – preparing Uniform for post-ceremonial celebration 1000 – standby for coordinating guests & helpers via comlink 1100 – arrival of dear-to-me-like-a-brother Jedi Master Maurer, who served as my best man. Together we tried to calm down bride and groom. His main advice to me was: “Just follow the girl in the white dress, and when somebody asks you something, say ‘yes, I will’, then everything will be alright.” 1200 – putting on ceremonial attire and arrival of the bride’s attendant, the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader himself (aka the Austrian Garrison’s CO Manuel). Having parked his TIE in a nearby hangar, he put on his shiniest armor and a brand new cape before we left for the civil registry office. 1300 – On our way to the office, we must have been quite a sight, judging by the looks of passersby. One could actually have thought that they’d never seen a princess in a ceremonial gown, accompanied by a Sith Lord, a Jedi and a Clone Trooper before. 1330 – We were very happy to find Jedi Master Andrea, Petra’s maid of honor, already waiting. Republic bureaucracy, though, is a chapter of its own. Although we were asked to be there at least 30 minutes before the wedding, the officer in charge had “never heard of that before” and would “surely not unlock the door earlier than 20 minutes before the ceremony”. I tell you, if we lose this war, it won’t be due to the Separatists, it will be due to the bureaucrats. So we waited, nervousness blocking out the cold. Well, Petra’s cloak and my undersuit did their part, too. As did all who had chosen to accompany us on our great day: family, friends from Vienna’s Star Wars dinner, comrades from the 501st’s Austrian Garrison, and even an attendee of the Galactic Academy. 1400 – Finally, the doors opened and we could occupy a warmer location. Petra and I, with our Jedi witnesses, headed to the office for ID confirmation. I don’t know about the others, but our hands were shaking. Minutes seemed to stretch like hours, and when we finally got our last instructions on the ceremony from another official, I felt the excitement rise yet more. 1430 – The doors to the ceremonial room finally opened, the robed marriage registrar waiting behind his desk. Cameras clicking, we entered the room and took our places, Lord Vader guiding princess Petra to my side. Being in the center of such a ceremony is, I discovered, much harder...

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    Just what do you do in those costumes?

    Echo Base member Ryan Miorelli answers that question in a short video made by a friend for a class project. http://youtu.be/jcALZ7YPv2E Awesome work gentlemen! Report Content Issue: * Blank Page Invalid Contents Broken Links Other Your Name: * Details: * Submit...

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    10 Easy Steps to Setting Up Your Own Merchandise Run

    So you want to start a merchandise run for Base/Outpost or Legion items…but you start to tell yourself, “What am I doin, I have never done this before…what kind of Bantha Poodoo am I fixing to get myself into…aren’t there a million things that need to happen for me to do this…?” Never fear…don’t turn to the dark side. Here are 10 easy steps to get yourself going from Interest to Completed Sale: 1. Decide on your logo and/or art that you are going to use on a particular item, and make sure that the art is approved by the Merchandising Officer. If it is something for a major convention, the LCO. Those emails are rlmerchofficer@gmail.com or merch@rebellegion.com and lco@rebellegion.com . If it is PR merchandise, then it needs to go to the Rebel Legion PR Officer by PMing Deidra Culp, Princess Dee. There is so much out there that can be put on a particular item, and it is great when bases/outposts want to run their own sales for merchandise. 2. Research – find out as much as you can about the product, whether it be a coin, patch, hat, shirt, pen, button, sticker, etc. The Interest Threads and Current Items Threads are great places to start. See what others have done with their items. These areas are perfect for finding out the companies they have used, as well as the general interest for a particular item. Some things take time and may have dropped off after a while…maybe it is time to resurrect that item, start on a brand new one or do a rerun of an item that has already come and gone, like the We Are The Heroes shirts or the Tatooine Base patches. 3. Get pricing Quotes – Contact the manufacturer that we have used or if you know of a local company that you would like to try and give the business to, by all means, get competitive quotes as well as either hard copy proofs or as some of the major companies do, digital proofs, showing colors, threads, and pricing including and fees for shipping, setup and extra colors. Also make sure that you get information about quantity discounts and what the minimums are. Most places will have a minimum of 100 pieces for clothing, patches and coins, whereas items like pens, stickers, tattoos, etc. will be better off with 1000-10000. Some of the companies we use are: PATCHES: • Moritz Embroidery • Stadri Emblems • Patches R Us • Butler Patches COINS: • Challenge Coins R Us LANYARDS/PENS/MUGS • Namifiers TSHIRTS • Rollergraphics • Monkey in a Dryer EMBROIDERED ITEMS – POLOS, HATS, JACKETS • Queensboro TEMPORARY TATTOOS • Tattoofun 4. Compilation of information – This is very important….please make sure that you have all your information together and approved. Double and triple check it. This includes all your costs, PAYPAL info, mailing info for persons not using PAYPAL. All costs MUST BE on a 1:1 ratio, meaning no profit AT ALL can be made from the items. The only allowance that we give is if you need to purchase mailing products for shipping, ie. envelopes, boxes, etc. This cost should be added in to the final cost before mailing and then divided out into the total number of items. These...

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