27 January 2021
The US Postal Service has revealed the designs of ten stamps to be issued later this year honouring the droids to have appeared in the Star Wars franchise, including favourites R2D2 and C3PO.
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm, the studio that created the Star Wars franchise, the ten stamps each feature a different droid seen in the Star Wars films.
- IG-11 (as featured in the Disney+ television series The Mandalorian)
- R2-D2 (appears in many Star Wars films, including the originals)
- K-2SO (an re-programmed Imperial droid from the film Rogue One)
- BB-8 (appears in the three sequels)
- C-3PO (appears in many Star Wars films, including the originals)
- GNK (or Gonk) power droid
- 2-1B surgical droid
The characters are shown against backgrounds representing settings of memorable adventures. The selvage features a passageway from the floating Cloud City above the planet Bespin, introduced in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
According to the USPS:
'These set of droids are a nod to Lucasfilm’s, as well as its parent company, Disney’s, commitment to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning and the continued collaboration between “Star Wars: Force for Change” and global pre-K-12 nonprofit organization “FIRST” (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
'“Star Wars: Force for Change” and “FIRST” have joined forces to expand access to STEM learning to more young people around the world, and to help them envision a brighter, more inclusive future.'
Greg Breeding was the designer of the stamps and pane. William Gicker was the art director.
Additional details about the new Star Wars droids-inspired stamp collection, including the issue date, will be announced later this year.
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