Albin Johnson and the Power of Fandom | Our Star Wars Stories

  • Published on Oct 2, 2018
  • Jordan travels to Columbia, South Carolina to talk with Albin Johnson, founder of the 501st Legion fan group. Albin’s story is one of creativity and determination, facing unplanned and unimaginable heartbreak and tragedy, and the uplifting power of the Star Wars fan community.
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Comments • 552

  • paralentor
    paralentor 10 days ago

    That's inspiring at the same time soul crushing. New respect for the 501st on top of the massive respect for what they do for kids with special needs.

  • Chris H
    Chris H 12 days ago

    What a wonderful emotional story. Thank you

  • cje24576
    cje24576 22 days ago

    Dang it, who's cutting onions?

  • Eric Warner
    Eric Warner 24 days ago

    Amazing and beautiful story

  • LJ Merritt
    LJ Merritt 24 days ago

    I'm not crying you are!!

  • Cookn Media Studios

    The toy hunter is back.

  • Brian Kitchens
    Brian Kitchens Month ago

    *whew* I was unprepared for the feels trip. *sniff*

  • ricky todd Botelho
    ricky todd Botelho Month ago

    Jordan look out you'll shoot your eye out!

  • nick donato
    nick donato Month ago +1

    His story of his daughters favorite scene is from episode 2, made me appreciate the value that even the simplest display from Star Wars can have an emotional significance to someone else. Most just see R2 following his program, as being surveillance. But a little girl saw him as a guardian, and made the connection that she like Padme was facing a threat and fear of some kind. And wanted a guardian as well to watch over her. Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.

  • Laurie Q
    Laurie Q Month ago +1

    I started watching these on a whim...and I'm so glad I did. There is so much that is ugly and divisive​ on the internet right now, these are the stories we need. Thank you for sharing other fans' Star Wars journeys.

  • jon paxton
    jon paxton Month ago

    Amazing story

  • Certinho
    Certinho Month ago

    The volume is a bit low, but great story. I love it!

  • Trevor Estrada
    Trevor Estrada Month ago

    This was truly moving

  • Mohammed Asif Haji
    Mohammed Asif Haji Month ago

    I’m not crying, you’re crying!

  • Scott Carmichael
    Scott Carmichael Month ago

    GREAT series, but please STOP the handheld camera during interviews. At least buy a gimbal....

  • cichlidjedi
    cichlidjedi Month ago

    AWESOME, AWESOME and AWESOME!!!! Man that was heartwarming and so inspirational!

  • Stephen Tube
    Stephen Tube Month ago

    Star Wars stories is Awesome

  • Darth Maul
    Darth Maul Month ago

    I'm not crying. You are. Ok I am!!😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • Cole Viloria
    Cole Viloria Month ago +1

    God, I had no idea the origin of the 501st Legion.

  • Dallas Kinard
    Dallas Kinard Month ago +1

    56 Sith Lords disliked this video.

  • lawofwar 517
    lawofwar 517 Month ago

    More of these

  • josue Fuentes
    josue Fuentes Month ago

    God is the only force. 💙

  • Jeremy Gentry
    Jeremy Gentry Month ago +1

    THIS is what Star Wars is all about. The fans have lost sight of that and insist on bickering and nitpicking everything. We used to just enjoy what we got and love having excited discussions about it. Star Wars is about hope, love, and coming together as one. It's time to quit bickering all the time and be FANS again.

  • 501st Legion
    501st Legion Month ago +2

    God bless Albin Johnson! Love from China

  • Edmond Zippo
    Edmond Zippo Month ago

    That's why I love Star Wars.

  • Zane Heil
    Zane Heil Month ago +2

    I went to a 501st event for a screening of episode 8 and it was amazing. I am exited to join the 501st one day

  • Tara Studivant
    Tara Studivant Month ago

    This was absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you for telling us your story! 😊👏✨🌟

  • Eddy Briggs
    Eddy Briggs Month ago

    What a legend

  • Chris
    Chris Month ago +1

    A truly wonderful Man. Thank you Albin :)

  • joev816
    joev816 Month ago +1

    Who gave this video a thumbs down, you animals, fantastic video. Congrats!

  • Abigail Pickess
    Abigail Pickess Month ago

    Omg I CRIED😭🌎❤️x

    COBRACOMMANDER1976 Month ago

    Very proud to be a member of 501st Legion, Yeahhh!!!

  • John Tipton
    John Tipton Month ago

    More of this!

  • Scott Hintze
    Scott Hintze Month ago +1

    Great documentary. I hope it comes to Texas someday. I would love to be a part of it. I will always love Star Wars. From movies to merchandise to conventions and meeting actors/actress. I can't wait til next year at Star Wars Celebration 9 in Chicago.

  • Jon Sutton
    Jon Sutton Month ago

    4:35 Yeah...They kind of enjoy marching as legions under tyrannical leaders. :D


    I teared up watching this

  • Han Shot First
    Han Shot First Month ago

    Holy cow, I knew about the 501st (because who didn't) but dang, that was an emotional story! God bless you and Katie! What a great start to this series

  • TauntaunGirl
    TauntaunGirl Month ago

    Loved this video.....
    This is what SW fandom SHOULD be about. This is back when going to conventions was it's dangerous due to politics.
    The little figure of R2KT still hangs from my tauntaun's bridle. And I still have the armband as well.
    All the best to Albin and his family....

  • P v N
    P v N Month ago

    If you respect the old Star Wars movies, don't go and see Star Wars 9. Show you can be as strong as your childhood heroes, not giving money to new Lucasfilm management

  • Shane Madgett
    Shane Madgett Month ago

    good feature... but...
    cable did exist int he 70s. He might not have had it, but it existed.

  • Scott O
    Scott O Month ago

    Awesome story, I was working out when I watched this. I was sweating and tearing up at the same time!!

  • Will Nunn
    Will Nunn Month ago

    The greatest man I've ever met.

  • Harry Jackson
    Harry Jackson Month ago

    Wow just wow

  • Wout Eyckens
    Wout Eyckens Month ago

    So nice! I love the R2-KT droid! Star wars fans like these are great!

  • Vegard Løknes
    Vegard Løknes Month ago +2

    I was thinking about skipping this video. Never will I think of doing that again. This was deeply emotional.

  • Shadowind Prime
    Shadowind Prime Month ago

    I really really want to see the fans are together, as one, not divided, like nowadays. But there is HOPE. There is always HOPE.
    May the Force be with you.
    Don’t forget to imagine that you are hearing the ‘Binary Sunset’ while reading this :)

  • A.CARD Music
    A.CARD Music Month ago

    This actually brought a tear to my eye.

  • Anzac Mac
    Anzac Mac Month ago

    The Force is real

  • Eliza Gaskell
    Eliza Gaskell Month ago +2

    A true fan of Star Wars...amen

  • Stevoo4552
    Stevoo4552 Month ago

    who is cutting onions in here! Stop it !!!

  • Planet Jump
    Planet Jump Month ago

    This is what Star Wars is all about. Hope.

  • Anthony Jerome Thorn

    So beautiful

  • John D. LaSalle
    John D. LaSalle Month ago

    omg you got me right where it hopes

  • Jason Gray
    Jason Gray Month ago

    This is a beautiful film. It shows the true power of Star Wars in bringing us all together.

  • Alex Jacquez
    Alex Jacquez Month ago

    First episode and surely it will be the best one ever. It all resumes to love, love is all we need. Awesome guy, great fan and even greater human being. The force is strong with this one...

  • Behind the Curtain Productions

    great video star wars!

  • Chad Giacomozzi
    Chad Giacomozzi Month ago

    Thank you for this great video and thanks to those going out there to make the world a better place.

  • 28MouseEars
    28MouseEars Month ago

    This is so touching and inspiring. Trying hard to hold the tears listening to R2-KT’s story. 😭 May the Force be with you...always. 💗

  • Mike
    Mike Month ago

    Disney should have hired Albin to write and direct the TLJ ... this passion, empathy and bringing people together is amazing. HE is nothing like the hive of scum and villainy managing it now

  • Chris Bartlett
    Chris Bartlett Month ago +2

    Albin is the BEST. We've been friends for many years and I credit his Legion with some of the happiest moments in my life.

  • Green Green
    Green Green Month ago

    Coolest guy ever!

  • Dawn Shaughnessy
    Dawn Shaughnessy Month ago

    Beautiful video, wonderful story, now I need to get a tissue

  • Diabolical Dr. Saturnyne

    :*They should get the Legions, to write stories, it would be assume!!!*

  • DeathMetal Dave
    DeathMetal Dave Month ago

    The numbers of the 501st has been dwindling in the last year.
    Why is that?

  • stephensylvester2006
    stephensylvester2006 Month ago +2

    I have a friend in the 501st. They are amazing people

  • craig young
    craig young Month ago

    Wasn't sure I would be into the our star wars stories. But I watched this and how much the star wars fans are like a family. My thoughts go out to him and His family I couldn't imagine losing a child at that age. And yes I think I got a bit grit in my eyes watching 😢

  • Smoovie999
    Smoovie999 Month ago

    Such a wonderful story, great work :-)

  • kingbobtheking
    kingbobtheking Month ago

    I watched this while walking across my campus and the entire time I was thinking "oh god don't start sobbing, hold it together"

  • Diego Reyes
    Diego Reyes Month ago +1

    That's it. I cried. I'm moved. This hit me at home. Where do I singe up???

  • Vad Wanuu
    Vad Wanuu Month ago

    As the father of two little girls, this story touched my heart tremendously. I cannot imagine being in his situation. MTFBWY.

  • Eduardo Aceves
    Eduardo Aceves Month ago

    I flat out cried here. I didnt just getemotional, not just teary eyed...I cried during the R2-KT segment.

  • Olly George
    Olly George Month ago +1

    This is exactly the kind of positivity the star wars community should be having in it.

  • Giant Dad
    Giant Dad Month ago +1

    Great, now I'm about to cry.
    An evil 110kg, bearded Metalhead is about to cry.

  • According To Honda
    According To Honda Month ago

    it was fun while it lasted

  • Bender Rodriquez
    Bender Rodriquez Month ago

    There is still good in Star Wars. I can feel it.

  • Empire supporter
    Empire supporter Month ago +1

    oh man, couldn't stop the tears from rolling down....

  • Albedo
    Albedo Month ago +2

    Twice the sheep, double the revenue!

  • thisholidaygirl
    thisholidaygirl Month ago +2

    Beautiful story and I bawled like a baby about KT. So proud to be a RL member.

  • Sven van Es
    Sven van Es Month ago +1

    Well this put some droplets in my eyes, amazingly told by this inspiring person, also great interview...not to many interupts..great to just hear the man talking!!

  • The Truth Channel
    The Truth Channel Month ago

    I thought that was Alex Jones for a second. I had to click to be sure.

  • Mark P
    Mark P Month ago

    A really touching story and the 501st is a fantastic organisation whose ranks I hope to join one day.
    But you got to sack the camera operator, what was all the wobbling about? So distracting.

  • Panchito Gómez
    Panchito Gómez Month ago

    Pure solid gold here

  • SGillespie1985
    SGillespie1985 Month ago +1

    Whoa, That's R2-KT's Dad?? So much respect for that guy.

  • Brutal Ghost
    Brutal Ghost Month ago

    Side note I'm big fan of clones and the armor for some troopers for the Empire. They look so cool. As well it's cool they added that R2 unit. I hope its in more movies and shows.

  • Brutal Ghost
    Brutal Ghost Month ago

    😿I had a lot of family go through cancer. My brother had to go through it. Only if we all knew the power of natural powers we would be strong with the force. I'm sorry to hear a fellow fan have to go through that. I teared up. May the force be with you.

  • Robert Allsbrook
    Robert Allsbrook Month ago

    Dude! I live in Charleston, S.C. How can I join your Resistance Group/Rebellion/Galactic Empire/New Order? I too saw "Episode IV: A New Hope" May 25, 1977, in theater and it's been a part of me, ever since. I recall quoting lines from the movie with my friends and acting out that Star Wars story. It's one of my earliest memories of my childhood.
    Thank you for backing Star Wars in real life! May the Force be With You. Always. ;)

  • Just Sheilz
    Just Sheilz Month ago

    What a great story!

  • jeffery greenacre
    jeffery greenacre Month ago +2

    I’m trying SO HARD to not cry....but failing miserably. May the Force be with you, always.

  • Oliver Simper
    Oliver Simper Month ago +1

    ahh good i’m crying a bit

  • Usualmike Television -Toy Showcase

    WOW what a fantastic first episode, more like this please.

  • Ian Flower
    Ian Flower Month ago +1

    Fantastic stuff, brought a tear to the eye

  • Rich Bazz
    Rich Bazz Month ago +1

    This got me choked me up 😢

  • marc richardson
    marc richardson Month ago +1

    A fantastic series! This is why I'll never turn my back on Star Wars!

  • Rebel_ Ballerina_
    Rebel_ Ballerina_ Month ago

    This is OUR STORY,OUR PASSION,OUR FANDOM but not any ordinary story,OUR STAR WARS STORY

  • Timothy McDonough
    Timothy McDonough Month ago +1

    Way to go Al!

  • Brickcraft productions

    I sense Emotion

  • Midnightguard
    Midnightguard Month ago +2

    Albin is a class act. Always was and always will be. I was a member of the Legion in the early 2000's and to this day still have many great memories. TB-1109 (ret)

  • Brandon Coronado
    Brandon Coronado Month ago

    Love starwars always xd

  • LJN71
    LJN71 Month ago +7

    This is Star Wars. Not the complaining. Not the cynicism. Not the excessive sense of ownership and entitlement. Not the Jar Jar bashing. Not the threats of boycotts. Not the demand for a remake of the last Jedi. This is Star Wars;Love, kindness,positivity,hope and really good fun.