These are the Droid stamps you are looking for
“Star Wars” and its cast of characters have captivated and inspired fans for over 40 years. For many, the most popular personalities are the droids.
Droids have been a staple in the “Star Wars” galaxy from the very beginning. They are engaged as loyal companions, etiquette and protocol helpers, and sidekicks. The U.S. Postal Service has embraced these engaging personalities and brought the unique droid appeal to a 20 Forever stamp pack.
The stamps are a nod to Lucasfilm and its parent company, The Walt Disney Company, to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and collaboration ongoing between the ‘Star Wars: Force for Change’ philanthropic initiative and the worldwide pre-K-12 nonprofit organization FIRST (For inspiration and recognition of science and technology). Together, “Star Wars: Force for Change” and FIRST are on a mission to expand access to STEM learning and robotics to more young people around the world.
Now, customers, whether they support the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire, can add a touch of astromech to their mail. Forever stamps were autographed in a virtual ceremony and are now sold online and at post offices nationwide. The first day of issue of the stamps is Nicasio, California.
“I grew up with ‘Star Wars’ and love to share stories and inspiration with my kids,” said Isaac Cronkhite, logistics and processing operations manager and executive vice president of the US Postal Service. “The Postal Service has long looked to the stars as the inspiration for its stamps and to celebrate the innovation, science and technology needed to get us there, which is why ‘Star Wars’ droids are a perfect fit for stamps. . These new Forever stamps represent more than four decades of technical innovation in the service of brilliant storytelling.
Cronkhite was joined for the ceremony by Lynwen Brennan, executive vice president and general manager of Lucasfilm, Doug Chiang, vice president and executive creative director of Lucasfilm, and Anthony Daniels, the actor who played the role of C-3P0 in the nine films of the Skywalker saga.
“Droids have been a centerpiece of ‘Star Wars’ for generations, capturing the hearts of fans and igniting the imagination,” said Lynwen Brennan, executive vice president and general manager of Lucasfilm. “The US Postal Service has captured the charisma of each droid perfectly in this new stamp collection and we are delighted that fans are spreading their love for these iconic characters throughout our galaxy.”
Memorial Day Weekend, 1977: In the opening moments of the first film, “Star Wars: A New Hope,” moviegoers were mesmerized by a stranded pair of the friendliest droids ever seen – the brave R2-D2 and his nervous partner, C -3PO. Our galaxy has never been the same.
Awesome looks and smart features aside, a lot of their appeal comes from their related personalities – sometimes they’re funny, quirky, irascible, and even sensitive. Many “Star Wars” adventures have followed since the launch of the first film, bringing with them a growing menagerie of treasured droids, as well as joy and inspiration for their fans.
Droids do good
The “Star Wars” droids are a motivator for many fans to pursue STEM. Through STEM education, children can learn to be critical thinkers and embrace technology to create a better world for themselves and future generations.
Unfortunately, not all children have access to STEM learning. To meet this challenge, “Star Wars: Force for Change” and FIRST have teamed up to bring more hands-on, mentor-based robotics programs to historically underfunded and underrepresented communities around the world.
‘Star Wars’ Droids – Forever Stamp
The Forever pads and panel were designed by Greg Breeding. William Gicker was the artistic director.
Arranged in horizontal rows, the stamps vary in size and depict 10 of the most famous droids in the “Star Wars” galaxy.
The edge features a tinted blue-gray detail of a passageway from the Cloud City floating above the planet Bespin. Centered at the top is the iconic “Star Wars” logo stacked in white, followed by the word “droids” in a modernist typeface, in pale blue-gray.
The first of the range is IG-11, who begins life as an assassin droid and a dangerous member of the Bounty Hunter Guild. IG-11 has been reprogrammed to protect Grogu and was introduced in 2019 in the first season of the hit series “The Mandalorian,” which airs only on Disney +.
R2-D2 has been a fan favorite and a mainstay of “Star Wars” stories since its first introduction in “Star Wars: A New Hope”. Often referred to as “Artoo,” he is a brave astromech droid – skilled in mechanics and navigation, and C-3PO’s constant companion.
A reprogrammed Imperial Security Droid now loyal to the Rebel Alliance and friend of Captain Cassian Andor, K-2SO is glitchy, cynical, sarcastic, and disobeys minor orders. “Kay-Tuesso” is found in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.
DO is an excitable little one-wheeled custom droid that first appeared in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”. He was found sleeping on an abandoned ship on the planet Pasaana. When recharged by BB-8, the impressionable DO emulates its lifesaving spherical droid.
Self-taught navigator and ardent defender of droid rights, L3-37 is a rare astromech and protocol droid combination. She can be found in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, where she and Lando Calrissian co-pilot the “Millennium Falcon” in Kessel, a cavernous mining planet, to join a dangerous raid.
Loved by ‘Star Wars’ fans new and old, BB-8 is nervous but courageous. He made his debut in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as a fiercely loyal astromech droid to Poe Dameron, Rey, and their Resistance allies.
the 2-1B-Medical droid series was introduced in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”. He treats Luke Skywalker after being attacked by a wampa on the ice planet Hoth and repairs Luke’s hand after his fateful duel with Darth Vader in Cloud City. These mechanical doctors take care of humans and all the diverse “biologics” in the galaxy.
One class of droids that we see quite often in “Star Wars” stories are the GNK (or Gonk) power droids. These unpretentious walking batteries are vital, providing energy throughout the highly mechanized galaxy. The nickname of the powerful droids comes from its simple vocalization, “gonk”.
Built by a young Anakin Skywalker and programmed for etiquette and protocol, C-3PO is a human-cyborg relationship droid who knows more than six million forms of communication. “Threepio” is a mainstay of almost every “Star Wars” movie and a constant companion of R2-D2. Although subject to concern, C-3PO has been involved in some of the galaxy’s most defining moments and exciting battles.
Last, but not least, is Chopper, more formally known as C1-10P. He is an essential crew member aboard the “Ghost”, a rebel ship. He is also a cranky and older model droid who was introduced in the animated series “Star Wars Rebels” and made an appearance in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.
The “Star Wars” droid-inspired stamps are issued as Forever stamps. News of Droids ‘Star Wars’ stamps shared with hashtags #StarWarsDroidsStamps and #DroidsStamps.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm, the studio that created the “Star Wars” franchise.
Customers can purchase “Star Wars” droids – Forever stamps – without having to consider traveling to Tosche Station – and other philatelic merchandise via the Postal store at www.usps.com/droidsstamps by calling 844-737-7826, by mail via USA Philatelic, or in post offices across the country.
Forever stamps will always have the same value as the list price of 1 ounce of First Class Mail.
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