Another cool thing about being part of the 501st Legion is the wide range of merchandise available. Since I’m still a newbie, my collection is still pretty small. Let me just briefly touch on some of the cooler ones.
Probably the most popular of them all is patch trading. A patch is a logo of our garrison/squad/outpost that we wear on our armour for official trooping events. A standard patch is usually circular, 3.5” in size and mechanically sewn with colour fabric.
Patch trading is restricted only to 501st Legion members and is not allowed to be circulated publicly, that means no selling on ebay etc.
Typical design of the logo incorporates characters from the Star Wars movie, usually a stormtrooper, who is probably the most recognizable. Iconic features of the country are also integrated for a personal and unique touch. For example we see a merlion symbol on the Singapore Garrison logo. See more garrison logos from around the world here.
This is my first patch trade. Daichi-san from the Japanese Garrison was kind enough to trade his patch with mine. Not only that, he also sent me a New Year card with his family on it and a very cool autographed copy of his trading card. The 501st Legion does their own trading cards as well. Will touch on that when I get mine done some day. ^^
This is one of my favourite merchandises. My very own 501st Legion Name Badge made by a fellow 501st member, the CO of Neon City Garrison in Vegas. Very nice.
Here we see the name cards of my fellow troopers. Guess which one is yours truly? The biker scout is a trading card of my CO. Ranka name card holder is love too. (‘~’)