501st Legion Helped Make Episode 7 and 8 of ‘The Mandalorian‘ Possible. Despite having a MASSIVE budget for the new Star Wars series, it appears funds couldn’t help one major issue the show runners had… finding enough Stormtrooper costumes for the final scene in Episode 7 and throughout Episode 8.
Where the series faltered, the biggest Star Wars fanbase, the 501st Legion, stepped up to help out production by offering their services as extras in the new Star Wars Series.
“So fun fact: for episodes 7-8 of #TheMandalorian, they didn’t have enough costumes for all of the Storm Troopers needed in a scene. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni enlisted the help of a local 501st Legion chapter, comprised of fans with their own costumes, to fill in those spots pic.twitter.com/9BgBWx6hgb”— Probably Josh (@TweetinJoshBe) December 28, 2019
Comicbook.com shared, “If you are unfamiliar, the 501st Legion is a global Star Wars fan group that was first started by Albin Johnson. The group has gained notoriety due to the fact that members put almost slavish effort into creating film-worthy Star Wars Imperial Trooper cosplay. The group has expanded to include any Star Wars villain cosplay, whether it’s the Stormtroopers, Sith Lords, bounty hunters, or other villain characters from official canon or Expanded Universe. The organization’s name is an ode to the elite Imperial trooper legion known as “Vader’s Fist,” that served under Darth Vader’s command during the Imperial Era.”
Obviously, the series would have been very different without the help of the 501st, and we are so grateful they decided to step in a save the day, even if they are featuring Imperial characters. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co for all things Star Wars!
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