Don’t take Royal Mail’s Transformers stamps at face value!


18 August 2022
There’s more to Royal Mail’s new 13-stamp set of Special Stamps than meets the eye!

Based on the wildly popular 1980s comics and animated TV series, the main set consists of eight stamps, produced in pairs. They show original illustrations of an Autobot and Decepticon in battle and feature Transformers:

  • Optimus Prime
  • Megatron
  • Bumblebee
  • Starscream
  • Grimlock
  • Shockwaves
  • Arcee and Soundwave.

The ‘hidden’ feature is that the stamps are printed with UV ink.

When the stamps are shone under a UV light, the stamps are transformed so their hidden details are revealed. not only that, but if the stamps are scanned on the Royal Mail App, they’re brought to life with unique Augmented Reality animation that includes a clip from the original Transformers TV series. 

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Illustrated in retro Generation One-style, the stamp images were created for Royal Mail by British comic-book artists Andrew Wildman (pencils), Stephen Baskerville (inks) and John Paul Bove (colours).

All three artists have contributed to the Transformers comic series.