Just had to post about this experience. I have yet to join the 501st with my RotJ Fett (application pending) This past weekend I learned from a friend of a friend (who is in the 501st) that the 501st was going to appear at a local theater here in Omaha. They were at the theater for it's grand opening a year ago, and were asked to return. So another friend of mine and I went to go meet them. Upon entering we came face to face with an Imperial officer and a Stormtrooper greeting customers of the theater. We stepped up and introduced ourselves as prospective members. (the friend I was with is starting a republic commando) After some talk, the topic of my Fett outfit came up. I said I still had a few things to top it off. (namely, tubes for the right gaunt, I had just received my girth belt the previous night and had yet to wear it, and I had been fitting my jet pack with a new harness.) The Imperial officer turned to me and asked "is it wearable?" I said sure, and that I had worn it for Halloween this year.
"Go get it," he said, totally straight-faced.
I froze, and subsequently wet myself.
The 501st was really asking me to troop with them after just meeting me within the last 5mins. He assured me it was fine, they had a place for me to change, and was more than welcome to join them for the two day event. I drove home like a maniac, finished up a few bits of the costume, and raced back. They helped my friend and I get me into the outfit (they had an amazing knowledge of assembling a Fett costume) and out into the lobby. I was beyond excited. I got to troop with them for the day, and returned the next day. We got a tour of the inner-workings of the theater, and they let us see the Dark Knight trailer before "I am Legend," and they even took the pictures for my 501st application. These guys were the best, and I'm thrilled to be a future part of the family. They were all surprised that there was someone in Omaha with a 99% complete Fett that they had never heard of. Thanks to TDH for that. The pictures of the event are here:
I'm on top of the world.
Now to get started on the upgrades...