Got my first official 501st troop in on Sunday, and it was a blast! About 40 members of the 501st Connecticut Garrison, Rebel Legion Kamino Base, and special guests from the Empire City Garrison were in attendance. The weather was just about perfect....
I had made a few upgrades to the suit that I was itching to try out and see: new braids from Lewis (amazing looking!!) and a set of Mark Chengs to replace my CABoots (totally psyched about these!). Had a costume malfunction before I even suited up when the scope snapped off the EE-3 in transit -- but that's why the Fett Man carries Slow Zap CA glue at all times.
I had been warned ahead of time about how rowdy this particular event had been in the past (especially around an area I dubbed The Beer Garden). But with Ruby from the ECG running interference as Chewie (he really was the star of the parade), this was about as rowdy as it got -- the odd fan or two running up and telling me "Fett is the man!!"
Couple more shots while marching:
The "Now, where did I put the keys to Slave 1????" shot:
and my favorite:
All in all, a great time and I was delighted to meet my fellow CT Legionnaires for the first time. Even better, I think I may FINALLY be able to stop tweaking the suit....until I decide I have to switch the whole darn thing to ESB.