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Trooper Spotlight: DarkFather

SL 37781 (Darth Vader: ROTJ)

Name: Phillip Price (DarkFather)

Legion ID: SL37781

What made you want to join the 501st? Both my wife and I had heard of the 501st nearly 10 years ago. We researched what they were all about, and thought we’d like to be a part of the charity work they did. Alas, we were unable to act until last year. With our children all grown up, it was now our time. Also, being avid (some might say crazy) Star Wars fans, doing the charity work while dressed as characters from our favourite movie was just too good an idea to pass up.

What costumes do you have?

  • Jawa
  • ROTJ Royal Guard
  • ROTJ Darth Vader

My first costume was a Jawa. I then moved on to a ROTJ Royal Guard. All the while aiming to get my ultimate costume. Just recently, I managed just that. Now I am happy to say I also have a ROTJ Darth Vader costume. Easily my favourite and “dream costume”. This won’t be my last however…. more are in the works!

What is your most memorable troop? I have to say, all of them. Every time someone gets physically and/or visibly excited when they get to have photo’s with the members of the Legion, both young and old, it excites me as well. The help we give to the different organisations when we do fundraising, getting feedback, and realising what the funds are doing to help for each charity. That’s what it’s all about, and that’s the reward, dare I say, for all of the Legions members.

If I have to pick one troop… for purely personal reasons i would have to pick Day 1 of DreamWorld 2016. I had the HONOR of leading the parade in my Darth Vader costume. I was so proud and humbled by the experience. No-one knew (until now), but I may have shed a tear or two, of happiness and nervousness, during that parade.

What is your favourite Star Wars character? Darth Vader, closely followed by R2D2.

Please welcome our newest Redback TB28998 E.T.

Please welcome our newest Redback TB28998 E.T.

Nice work Ethan, looks great.

You can remove the 'P' plates and you now have an open speeder bike licence!
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DW2017. It’s BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with great pleasure that I can confirm that DW2017 is back on the trooping calendar. Book in the weekend of the 27th and 28th of May 2017 to be a part of the largest and the most exciting troop in the Southern Hemisphere!!

Through some persuasion, pleading and I'm guessing some great feedback from the general public, Disney have changed their minds and given us the go ahead to run this event next year and for the foreseeable future.

There are a few minor stipulations that do not affect the event itself or it's running. More of the behind the scenes and marketing restrictions that do not affect the great work that we do with this event.

I'm sorry we had to go through the cancellation of DW this year, but this is the time to make this event count even more and show Disney and the Legion just how we do things here in Australia.

To make things even more spectuacular for all those interstate troopers, we will be holding the Galactic Empire Charity Ball on the 3rd of June 2017.

This means we will be able to have a 9 day Star Wars extravaganza running from the 27th of May to the 4th of June. This is going to be a week and a half of fun and trooping excellence with a lovely black tie event thrown in.

More information will be up in the coming few weeks, but the dates are locked in.

Roll on DW2107!

Redback Garrison
Commanding Officer