If you’re into both stamp-collecting and Star Wars, then today is a red-letter day for you, friend: the Royal Mail have announced a series of bespoke designs in time for the hotly-anticipated release of the new, J.J. Abrams-directed The Force Awakens, which opens in cinemas on December 18th. Because there’s nothing quite like ramping up the excitement for the new installment of a major film franchise than with the unveiling of a new set of commemorative stamps, right? And so to get you in the stamp-licking and lightsaber-swishing mood, here’s a first look at this new set of Star Wars stamps.
Collect all the stamps, you must. Yoda *probably* won’t be appearing in The Force Awakens because he unfortunately – SPOILER ALERT – perished in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, but that doesn’t mean that the old, wise and green Jedi Master doesn’t make an appearance in this new stamp collection.
The welcome news that there will be, for the first time, female stormtroopers in the new film has been roundly applauded by fans of both Star Wars and gender equality – so why not celebrate this glorious moment of social mobility with a stamp version of the Galactic Empire’s fearsome foot soldiers?
Princess Leia’s famous pastry-shaped hairstyle from the first few films is further immortalised here, although her role in the new film will take on a more militarily-minded direction – she’ll be General Leia to you, private. But hold on a minute – why have the beloved mechanised double-act of R2-D2 and C-3PO been relegated to the bottom corner of the stamp? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE
The original protagonist of the Star Wars trilogy, young Skywalker is depicted here looking slightly windswept and pensive – perhaps he’s just realised how unusual it is that his home planet, Tatooine, orbits two suns.
“I AM YOUR FATHER” – that’s what you’ll be effectively saying if you send your tax return back with this stamp attached.
Han Solo and his beloved hairy chum Chewbacca – inexplicably relegated, once again, to the bottom right corner of the stamp – take their deserved place in a shot that really does draw attention to the former’s fine head of hair.
Obi-Wan Kenobi made hoodies cool way before anyone else, as this stamp proves. Who else could battle Darth Vader to the death and still carry off that look quite like Obi-Wan?
Bounty hunter and utter bastard Boba Fett gets his own stamp, which is a slightly-questionable inclusion by the Royal Mail. Sure, he may a cult favourite amongst certain pockets of the Star Wars fandom, but he wanted Han Solo dead in The Empire Strikes Back so he could have a nice little payday. How could you love that kind of mentality, eh?
The central antagonist of the Star Wars universe – and a fellow with a seemingly serious Vitamin D deficiency – is given his own stamp, which’ll make your letters and parcels look ultra-threatening to the local Post Office lady.
And so we move onto the new characters, who are set to write their name into geeky folklore with their starring roles in The Force Awakens. First up is Kylo Ren, who looks a teeny bit like Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th films, no? That’s a cracking red lightsaber, mind.
Rey is one of the new film’s protagonists – Daisy Ridley, the actress who plays her, said that scavenger is “completely self-sufficient and does everything for herself, until she meets another character and an adventure begins.” And is that a potential new friend for R2-D2 in the bottom right?
And our final stamp is of the feisty Finn, a redeemed First Order stormtrooper who sees the error of his ways and joins the non-Dark side. If the imagery of this stamp is anything to go by, he’s going to make a fiery entrance into the Star Wars galaxy.