Star Wars at Comic Con: Stormtroopers on a Mission

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Star Wars was featured at Dallas Comic Con this weekend and local members of the 501st Legion—“The world’s definitive imperial costuming organization,”—set up with a very surprising mission: to do good.

Star Wars was featured at Dallas Comic Con this weekend and local members of the 501st Legion—“The world’s definitive imperial costuming organization,”—set up with a very surprising mission: to do good.

As shocking as it might be considering they’re … well… Stormtroopers, the 501st are actually some pretty cool guys and gals. We had the pleasure of meeting some of them last year and my son has a collectible trading card as a souvenir.  But they had a very specific mission at Dallas Comic Con Saturday.

Led by the Star Garrison, which covers three states, and the North Texas Squad, they sponsored “Blast-a-Stormtrooper for Charity.”

It was all in honor of Kari Giles, in treatment for stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, who would receive all the proceeds from the event. For a price, you would get a chance to shoot at Stormtroopers in full gear with Nerf guns!

“Our main focus isn’t just to wear costumes that are extremely screen accurate,” North Texas Squad Leader David Petty said. “Our goal really is to raise money for charities, do hospital visits.”

Screen-accurate they are (I’ve seen them up close) but what they do to give back to the communities is really spectacular.

Comic Con continued throughout today (Sunday) with tickets being sold at the door as supplies lasted at $30 for adults, $5 for kids and free for kids under 4.

Were YOU at Dallas Comic Con and did you get the chance to blast a Stormtrooper?

Stormtroopers were not the only ones at Dallas Comic Con. Check out this video from the local news on the events:

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Lisa Mason

Lisa has been an avid gamer since she was old enough to hold her first controller and a game writer for more than a decade. A child of the Nintendo generation, she believes they just don’t make games like they used to but sometimes, they make them even better! While consoles will always be her first love, Lisa spends most of her gaming time on the PC these days- on MMOs and first-person shooters in particular.

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