Revealed for the first time today, Royal Mail are set to release 8 new STAR WARS stamps, to mark the release of the new film in the popular sci-fi franchise, The Last Jedi.
Scheduled for release on 12th October 2017, the new stamps will feature beloved ‘Aliens and Droids’ from the complete saga, including one never-before-seen image of the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke, and one brand-new character, Porg.
The stamps are Royal Mail’s second STAR WARS stamp issue, following on from the successful ‘Heroes and Villains’ release in 2015, ahead of the premiere of the first film in the new trilogy, The Force Awakens.
Here’s your first look at the new stamps alongside a bit of info about each one…
Location: Takodana / Maz’s castle exterior
Ships: Kylo Ren’s command shuttle / First Order TIE fighters
Secondary character: HURID-32
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.
Location: Starkiller Base
Ships: Millennium Falcon
Secondary character: Chewbacca
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
Film: The Last Jedi
Ships: Star Destroyer / First Order TIE fighters
Secondary character: Praetorian Guard
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…
Ships: Millennium Falcon
Secondary character: Beaks
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.
Ships: First Order TIE fighters
Secondary character: Luggabeast / Teedo / BB-8
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.
Location: Coruscant / Grievous’s flagship interior
Ships: Jedi starfighters
Secondary character: R2-D2
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.
Location: Tatooine / Jabba’s Palace exterior
Ships: Death Star II
Secondary character: Jabba the Hutt / C-3PO
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.
Ships: U-Wing / X-wings
Secondary character: Pao
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.
The Force is strong with Royal Mail’s official Star Wars stamps
Brilliantly rendered in exquisite detail by British Artist Malcolm Tween, the 8 stamps depict the most popular ‘Aliens and Droids’ featured in the iconic blockbuster films.
Two of the stamps feature exclusive never-before-seen images of two characters; one – Supreme Leader Snoke – we’ve seen briefly before, whilst the other – Porg – is a brand new character from the new film.
Incorporated into each stamp is a secondary character and scene forming unique images that can be found nowhere else.
The four ‘droid’ stamps utilise UV ink to emphasise some of the design features of the stamp. These will come visible only under a UV light.
If you’re interested…
You can reserve all of the new Star Wars stamps right now on a limited edition Collector Card – professionally framed and ready to hang.