Royal Mail announces a series of commemorative postage stamps featuring the Droids and Aliens of the Star Wars universe…
There is a great disturbance in the Force…
Royal Mail have announced the commission of a new range of highly collectable Star Wars postage stamps celebrating the droids and aliens made famous in stories of the galaxy far, far away…
Created by fantastic British artist Malcolm Tween, these incredible new stamps will go on general sale from 12th October 2017.
Check out the official press release here:
Royal Mail today announces it will issue a set of eight Special Stamps to mark the upcoming release of the latest Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi which launches this December. The stamps feature images of new and classic droids and aliens that have appeared across the iconic films.
Included in the set are: Maz Kanata; Chewbacca; Supreme Leader Snoke; and from the new movie, a Porg. The droids are: BB-8; R2-D2; C-3PO; and K-2SO.
The stamps are illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween who also designed the hugely popular Star Wars stamp set issued in 2015 to mark the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Each stamp will also feature a scene created by Tween especially for the stamps that includes the hero character as well as an iconic spaceship or vehicle. The four ‘droid’ stamps include fluorescent ink to emphasise some of the design features of the stamps. These will become visible only under a UV light. In addition, the font used for the ‘1ST’ value of the stamps will replicate that of the iconic typeface used for the films.
DROIDS AND ALIENS
Aliens are non-human species who live alongside humans, speaking either human languages or languages of their own. Many aliens have distinctive anatomies, from the tall, hair-covered Wookiees, such as Chewbacca, to the diminutively shaped, short-sighted Maz Kanata.
Droids are everywhere in the galaxy. First developed in the distant past, they assist humans and aliens in every way, from flying spaceships and providing power to spreading war and terror. Most droids speak only in electronic sounds to other droids and have their memory wiped when passed to a new owner. However, some droids escape memory wipes and can appear to develop personalities of their own and even form bonds with their owners.
The new stamps reflect the passion of the British public for the movies, and celebrate the major British contribution to the film series.
Fans can pre-order the stamps and view the product range at www.royalmail.com/starwars
The stamps will be on sale from 12 October 2017 at www.royalmail.com/starwars and from 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK, and by calling Royal Mail Tallents House on 03457 641 641
Deep within the fringes of the galaxy lies a secret castle hideaway presided over by the wise, boisterous figure of Maz Kanata. Over a thousand years old and an ex-pirate herself, Maz holds court within the galaxy’s underworld: smugglers, bounty hunters and thieves. Maz has also been a friend to Jedi, and her castle contains secrets that tell of one Luke Skywalker.
Faithful co-pilot and companion to Han Solo for many years, Chewbacca was one of the heroes of the Rebellion. Brought back into the orbit of the Resistance after many years of freelance adventuring, Chewbacca witnesses the tragic death of his best friend, Han Solo. All he has left is his ship, the Millennium Falcon, and a new companion, a Force-attuned loner named Rey.
Supreme Leader Snoke
A shadowy figure who leads the First Order, Snoke trained Kylo Ren in the dark side of the Force. He orders the creation of a giant planet-sized superweapon called Starkiller to destroy the New Republic government and commands Ren to hunt down the last Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker. Next, he issues a chilling command: Ren is ready to complete his training…
Small, flightless birds called porgs are native to the remote planet Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker is living in exile. The planet is covered with water and rocky islands and is home to the ruins of the first Jedi Temple, where porgs have peacefully made their home. The birds are ill-prepared for the arrival of strangers when Rey and Chewbacca land there in the Millennium Falcon.
The plucky droid named BB-8 is a loyal companion to Resistance fighter Poe Dameron in the fight against the First Order. Assigned to Poe to provide flight assistance when piloting his X-wing fighter, BB-8 is separated from his master in a deadly battle with Kylo Ren. Forced to seek new allies, the droid runs into a scavenger named Rey and a renegade stormtrooper called Finn.
This trusty little droid has had an adventurous life, first on board Queen Amidala’s ship during the Battle of Naboo, then in the Clone Wars alongside Anakin Skywalker, and with Luke Skywalker in the fight against the Empire. In recent years, R2-D2 has been in a state of semi-retirement, secretly harbouring the only map that pinpoints the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker.
As a boy on Tatooine, Anakin Skywalker built a protocol droid as a helper for his mother. C-3PO became an expert in matters relating to diplomacy, but he was not equipped for a life of excitement, danger and adventure. Thrust into battles during the Clone Wars and the Rebellion against the Empire, this reticent, nervous droid has time and again helped his friends save the day.
A reprogrammed Imperial security droid with a bluntly honest way of talking, K-2SO is firmly on the side of the Rebel Alliance in the fight against the Empire. K-2SO’s ability to blend in when doing reconnaissance work behind Imperial lines is a distinct advantage. He can pilot many types of spaceship and scan and access Imperial communications systems.
Out in cinemas this December Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the hugely anticipated next chapter in the Skywalker saga, following The Force Awakens — the UK’s biggest film of all time.
Wow. These images are truly breath-taking and will make a worthy addition to any Star Wars collection. What a truly exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. With the release of The Last Jedi fast approaching and the new range of Star Wars merchandise arriving on the shelves, there has never been a better time to embrace the Star Wars universe.
The journey to The Last Jedi begins here and you can own a piece of it thanks to Royal Mail.
Until next time…
May The Force Be With You
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