Star Wars™ Droids Stamps

Star Wars™ Droids Stamps

Forever 58¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs


Issue Date: 5/4/2021

Star Wars™ Droids, the marvelous mechanical characters inspired by a galaxy far, far away, have entertained and inspired for more than four decades. In 2021, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates these wondrous creations with a pane of 20 stamps featuring 10 favorite droids.

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  • Star Wars™ Droids, the marvelous mechanical characters inspired by a galaxy far, far away, have entertained and inspired for more than four decades. In 2021, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates these wondrous creations with a pane of 20 stamps featuring 10 favorite droids.

    Grouped in four rows of five, the stamps vary in height to best suit the proportions of each droid. Individual characters are set against soft-focus backgrounds that evoke settings of memorable adventures.

    On the first and third rows are: IG-11, a dangerous bounty hunter turned protective guardian; R2-D2, a brave and gifted "astromech" (mechanic-navigator), who, partnered with C-3PO, routinely saves the galaxy; the towering K-2SO, a glitchy, cynical, semi-obedient droid reprogrammed to assist the rebels; D-O, a tiny character who emulates BB-8, who rescued the excitable droid from longtime neglect; and L3-37, an outspoken combination astromech-protocol droid.

    The second and fourth rows feature: spherical BB-8, a brilliant, childlike astromech and a fan favorite; C-3PO, a worry-prone protocol droid-a diplomat conversant in millions of languages; a gonk droid, a vital walking battery working to provide power to the highly mechanized galaxy; a 2-1B-series medical droid, which tends to the galaxy's diverse "biologicals"; and Chopper (C1-10P), a grumpy old droid and an essential crewmember of The Ghost, a rebel starship.

    Moviegoers were first immersed in the Star Wars™ galaxy in 1977. The first film's opening moments recount the misadventures of droids R2-D2 and C-3PO-stranded on the desert planet Tatooine. Ever since, "Artoo," "Threepio," and numerous other Star Wars™ mechanicals have been key to many thrilling adventures.

    No other film fiction had ever portrayed artificial intelligence so developed and varied. Aside from the awe-inspiring designs of the droids, much of their appeal derives from their relatability as characters. Droids often exhibit free will, emotion, and funny, quirky personalities-by-products of accumulated exploits and cobbled-together programming.

    Greg Breeding was the designer of the stamps and pane, and William Gicker was art director.

    The Star Wars™ Droids stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever stamps are always equal to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

    Made in the USA

    SKUs featured on this page: 577604

  • Issue:Star Wars™ Droids Stamps
    Item Number:577600
    Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Pane of 20 (10 designs)
    Issue Date & City:May 4, 2021, Nicasio, CA 94946
    Art Director:William Gicker, Washington, DC
    Designer:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    Modeler:Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Offset, Flexographic
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Press Type:Gallus RCS
    Stamps per Pane:20
    Print Quantity:60,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor, Block Tag
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS Cool Gray 7C
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    Image Area 1 (w x h):0.84 x 1.7102 in./ 21.336 x 43.439 mm
    Stamp Size 1 (w x h):0.98 x 1.8502 in./ 24.892 x 46.995 mm
    Image Area 2 (w x h):0.84 x 1.2747 in./ 21.336 x 32.377 mm
    Stamp Size 2 (w x h):0.98 x 1.414 in./ 24.892 x 35.915 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):6.45 x 8.87 in./163.83 x 225.298 mm
    Plate Size:80 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“B” followed by five (5) single digits in bottom two corners
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Header: Star Wars™ Droids • Plate number in bottom two corners
    Back:Star Wars elements: © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. • ©2021 USPS • USPS logo • 2 barcodes (577600) • Plate position diagram (4) • Promotional text

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