January 29 - 30th 2011
Photos by Phyllis Schulte a.k.a. Schph Gochi


The Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg, IL would provide the battle ground this past weekend as members of both Rebel and Imperial costuming factions converged for another mission of fun and trooping. The Midwest Garrison and Midwest Rebel Base would provide a little extra entertainment and excitement for the many kids that stopped in during the weekend. Darth Vader would be joined by a variety of Troopers, including a Stormtrooper, Blackhole Stormtrooper, Hoth Snowtrooper, TIE Fighter Pilot, and a Death Star Gunner. You can also guess no imperial outfit would be complete without a couple of Sandtroopers, but sadly they were at least one short for sure!

It would indeed be the proverbial toss-up to figure out what delighted the crowd more: seeing their favorite set of bad guys duke it out with a fairly sizeable contingent from the Rebellion or the super-gigantic R2-D2 that was being constructed right in front of them! I'm not sure but it might have been the pint-sized Jawa that would tip the scales of Intergalactic justice towards the Midwest Garrison. The crew at Legoland couldn't have been more pleased with the job they did. You have to hand it to the 501st Legion in fact, as there probably isn't anything better that can gather the attention of kids and parents alike, and it's also great to see fans giving support to a great company like LEGO. There is no doubt the next time the Empire descends upon the Legoland Discovery Center, they will have plenty of back-up and we'll try to let you Troops in the area know in advance in case you'd like to bring your younglings into the fray. However everyone needs to keep in mind that the 501st are unpaid volunteers, their costumes are very expensive, so please kids play nice. You should let your children know even though they look very real, keep in mind they are just regular people in costumes. So please, lightsabers on the light and set those blasters for STUN! United We Find.

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