The purpose and mission of the Rancor Raiders, a subservient entity of the 501st Legion, is to further the interest in Star Wars costuming and provide organization in the state of Mississippi.
What We Do
The Rancor Raiders Garrison is a subdivision of the 501st Legion, the premier Imperial Star Wars costuming group in the world, and operates in the state of Mississippi. The garrison provides a network for Star Wars fans in the state to build and create Star Wars props and costumes, and serves the community and various charity organizations such as Toys For Tots, Make A Wish and many others.
From Article I of the 501st Legion Charter document:
“…The Legion is a volunteer club formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts and giving them a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion’s aims are to celebrate the Star Wars movies through the wearing of costumes, to promote the quality and improvement of costumes and props, and to contribute to the local community through charity and volunteer work…”
Star Wars fans come from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, but no matter how diverse they may seem, common bonds become evident when people come together to celebrate their passion for George Lucas’s modern mythology. Some fans are content to collect action figures…other fans want to be action figures. Nothingprofesses your fandom quite like building your own detailed costume replica of a classic Star Wars villain, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling that comes from bringing the characters of Star Wars into the real world and sharing the magic with others.
A truly engaging Star Wars experience only occurs through a convincing appearance. To this end, the 501st Legion constantly strives to improve the quality and accuracy of its members’ costumes. Our goal is to appear as if our characters have just stepped off the big screen and into this world.
While our organization was founded to simply provide a collective identity for costuming fans with similar interests, the 501st Legion is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism.