We are the Legion 501st Vader's Fist in China

we are the bad guys doing good.

We are the 501st

The 501st Legion is an international STAR WARS™ costuming organization dedicated to celebrating the STAR WARS universe through the creation, display, and wearing of quality character costumes that represent the villainous characters from the STAR WARS sagas. The 501st China chapter, created in 2009, follows the same path as other worldwide chapters where the members regularly meet and work together to do “Good in the community”. As per its charter, members dedicate their time to raise awareness and funds for several charities in/throughout China. The Legion provides assistance to these charities through public displays of costumed characters and welcome donations that are in turn given back to supported charities.

We Make Costumes

Not just cosplay, we build highly detailed, 100% original exact replicas of costumes worn in the Star Wars movies.

We Build Props

We also build props such as the ones seen on movie sets and/or used by the different characters, including droids.

We Make Appearances

You will see us in private and public appearnaces. We are the only group in China approved by Lucasfilm and Disney.

We Raise Money

Through appearances we help raise money and awareness for several charities in Beijing and Shanghai.

This is Us

You will see us in variety of events, from product launch to official Disney events; from birthday and weddings to visiting charities; from various events to TV appearances. These are just a few examples of where we've been and what we have done.


500 troopers on the stairs


Singles Day 11.11

20 live troopers on stage


ComicCon Shanghai

501st official show


Force Parade

3Km parade in Shanghai


ChinaJoy Convetion




World largest 501st gathering


We do not see ourselves as cosplay, the amount of time dedicated in meeting every single details and the precision required in making our costume elevate the task to an art form. These are not readily available for purchase, require an extensive amount of research work, an eye for detail and a true creative spirit. 

Our costumes are the result of careful research, fabrication and a lot of hard work. The majority of our costume components are hand built and assembled in our spare time. Given that the likenesses portrayed by these costumes are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm, it must be stressed that the 501st Legion does not provide or manufacture costumes for purchase.


There is no fee to join us, the only requirement is to build and own your own movie replica costume based on the standards applied in the 501st. Our members are here to help and once approved you will be able to "troop" with us. Start your journey in a galaxy far far away...

Use the Form

If you want to know more about the 501st, join us or request an appearance, use the form below. When requesting an appearance please be aware that we will ask for a "donation fee" which will go to a charity of our choosing.