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?

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.