April 30, 2011
Story & Photos by Rodel I. Cruz-Herrera (odiewan) & Daveid Huber


While the 2011 edition of Anaheim Comic-Con did not have as many Star Wars actors attending this year, the franchise did have large presences by the fans. Most, if not all Southern California’s fan groups were here ready to talk to fans and make a great time of the day’s gathering. You can call it good timing or the will of the force, but as we were walking in a 501st Sandtrooper was getting ready to guard the entrance to the exhibit hall to welcome us.

You could talk to R2 Builders’ Club members, take pictures with their remote controlled R2’s, or just wait for the timely parade around the exhibit hall. Just watching the kids and the young at heart beam with excitement as the astromech beep, hoot, and glow for their audience, is what these conventions are about, having a good and safe time.

The 501st Legion Southern California Garrison was around the patrol/police the convention goers. They had a fund raiser for Make-A-Wish foundation where kids can shoot nerf darts at the Shoot-a-trooper booth. The 501st fan booth was present to require new personal for the empire. They were willing to talk about costuming and exhibit their helmets and armor to kids and fans. Not to be out done the Rebel Legion was around the corner to keep Vader’s Fist inline.

The latest movement in Star Wars costuming is the Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club. They had a booth showing off their custom armor and weaponry. Needless to say they are a vary talented group of individuals that bring to life more of the expanded universe as well as fan fiction. Duchess Satine Kryze would be proud of her race, while Pre Vizsla would be proud of their show of strength and might.

The Sith and Jedi costuming and saber clubs The Dark Empire & Saber Guild were on hand to find new younglings and padawans to teach them in the ways of the force and saber technique. They had a short, but enjoyable demonstration called The Force Experience saber show with the Saber Guild. The Dark Empire had on display a Sith Holocron that might contains mysteries of the Sith. Needless to say this was well guarding my a dark lord.

Inland Empire Fan Force (IEFF) & Orange County Star Wars Society (OCSWS) were present and making their presence known. The IEFF did mention they have the 4th Annual Star Wars Days at the Paul A Biane library Rancho Cucamonga on May 28th. This is a help reluctant readers program, where they use Star Wars and Sci-Fi to get the youth to read books. OCSWS will be at the June 11/12 ACS: Relay for life. Hopefully Sandtroopers.com will be there to report on the activities the IEFF & OCSWS have in store.

Some notable guests at 2011 Anaheim comic con were the Grease cast reunion, Power Ranger cast reunion, Adam West and Burt Ward. Stan Lee was supposed to be here to sign autographs, but his booth was not easily found. Some famous cars like Herbi the love bug, K.I.T.T., Magnum P.I.’s Ferrari 308 GT, & the Back to the Future “DeLorean Time Machine” where here for fans to admire. Stephen Stanton, Capt Tarkin, was here to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Star Wars artist Tom Hodges had a booth to display his artwork and talk with fans.

Wizard World announced that WW Los Angeles is returning on September 24 & 25 2011. Not that same note WW Anaheim 2012 is scheduled for April 27-29. Until next troopers, United we find…

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