Behind the Bucket: First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment

To provide better understanding to our fans and potential new members, we welcome you to a new feature titled Behind the Bucket. Here we will explore the detachments of the 501st Legion. First, what is a detachment?

The 501st Legion subdivides itself into garrisons, outposts and squads based upon the number of troopers in a certain geographic area. The Empire City Garrison serves the Lower Hudson Valley, five boroughs of New York City and Long Island. Detachments support members of the Legion across multiple garrisons, squads and/or outposts that use a similar type of armor costume. Example: All those in the 501st with classic storm trooper armor are members of the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment but not everyone in the FISD is a member of the Empire City Garrison.

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Why are we talking about this?

For potential recruits and for members looking to add a new costume to their arsenal, the detachments of the 501st Legion will be your first step into a larger world. The 501st Legion presently has 15 detachments, each supporting multiple costume types. Today, you’ll get a breakdown of the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment or FISD.

FISD is dedicated to the armor and equipment of stormtroopers as seen in Star Wars. They strive for accuracy in costuming and to discuss everything stormtrooper related. Their mission is to serve the needs of both current and prospective members of the 501st Legion, in keeping with their unofficial motto: “troopers helping troopers.”

But what does that mean? In a nut shell (or clam shell, FISD troopers know what I mean), the FISD is the first stop on your journey to becoming a Stormtrooper. But did you know that there are 14 variants of Stormtrooper costumes covered by the FISD?

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Now before you say, “I have a bad feeling about this.” Know that those variations can be a good thing. In a sea of white armor at a convention, how can you identify yourself in a group photo with the other members of your Garrison? The different types of armor help. We’re going to breakdown the different categories right here:

TK – Stormtrooper: ANH Hero
TK – Stormtrooper: ANH Stunt
TK – Stormtrooper: Captain Phasma
TK – Stormtrooper: Commander
TK – Stormtrooper: Concept Armor
TK – Stormtrooper: Death Trooper
TK – Stormtrooper: ESB
TK – Stormtrooper: First Order
TK – Stormtrooper: Heavy Weapons Trooper
TK – Stormtrooper: Incinerator Trooper
TK – Stormtrooper: Legacy Era Female
TK – Stormtrooper: ROTJ
TK – Stormtrooper: Shock Trooper
TK – Stormtrooper: Sky Trooper

Now, TK is just a reference to the costume type. TK’s are Stormtroopers. Why?


And the rest is history.

As this is not an official 501st Legion publication, we can’t post the Costume Reference Library (CRL) images on this blog.


Protecting the rights of those involved with the CRL is important. Here is the link to the different references and the breakdown of the EXACT costume components needed:

Please remember that the 501st Legion prides itself on screen accurate costumes.

WARNING: Don’t get too discouraged or encouraged based on those pictures! If you have an idea of what type of Stormtrooper you want to be, you need to complete two crucial steps:

  • Join the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment forum and introduce yourself in the new members section. (Please read the guidelines on what posts go in each section) Veteran members of the FISD will introduce themselves to you and offer advice based upon years of experience and costume building.
  • Do the exact same thing for the Empire City Garrison and request advice from your local Garrison Membership Liaison(s) or GML(s). These will be the members of your local garrison that will be approving your costume for entry into the 501st. They can provide additional guidance and potentially be available to meet with you in person to help.

Our best advice is to do research before buying ANYTHING.

If you see a deal for armor on the internet that the price seems too good to be true, it may very well be. Some armor kits that are sold will NEVER meet the CRL guidelines needed to gain membership into the 501st Legion. We’ve all heard the stories of folks that bought what they thought was a bargain and all they really got was a box of plastic scrap.

We want you to have an enjoyable experience as you make steps to join the 501st!

Always ask for advice if you are unsure, we’re here to help.

Good luck, bucketheads!


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