If you’re a regular reader of the Thoughts of a Storm Trooper series then you may have seen Steve aka TK5389 mention that Brisbane’s very own garrison of the 501st Legion the Redback Garrison would be out in force to celebrate Star Wars day and to help raise funds for the Starlight Foundation.
An opportunity I was not going to miss out on despite having to get up very very early to see the guys before work.
When we got there the guys hadn’t set up yet and I was a little worried that some other area of Brisbane had latched on to them and that I was going to have to start wandering the CBD. Several tense texts to a friend who had come along to be in the presence of Boba Fett soon gave way to two 30+ year olds gleefully texting THEY’RE HERE and IT’S THE FETT!!!
As we milled around not wanted to rush Steve (Boba Fett) like screaming fanboys I was accosted by a filthy Sand Person who brilliantly had completely committed themselves to the role. Scaring a couple of people enjoying their breakfast in the park was pretty hilarious.
Then we got to meet Steve who was taking his Boba Fett costume out for the first time:
It wasn’t until I met Steve and some of the others that I completely get why they do this. Apart from the great opportunity to draw attention to a charity of course, when these guys and gals put these costumes on they become absolute rockstars. The smiles on everyone walking past has got to be worth the value of building one of these really accurate costumes. Adults with looks of pure joy on their faces as Imperial forces marched towards them, it was really inspiring to watch.
I’m really happy that I made the trip in and was also excited to discover that there is a Ghostbusters equivalent here in Brisbane!!
These guys do a great job, thanks Steve for inviting me along!!!