March 28, 2007

U.S. Postal Service Previews Star Wars Stamps


HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Darth Vader and, of course, R2-D2 are among the unforgettable Star Wars characters debuting on 15 new 41-cent postage stamps unveiled today at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, where the first Star Wars movie opened nearly 30 years ago.

The commemorative stamps feature images from all six movies in the Star Wars saga: Luke Skywalker; Han Solo and Chewbacca; Princess Leia Organa with R2-D2; C-3PO; Yoda; Queen Padmé Amidala; Obi-Wan Kenobi as seen in Episodes IV through VI; Anakin Skywalker battling Obi-Wan Kenobi; Darth Vader; Emperor Palpatine; Darth Maul; Imperial Stormtroopers; Boba Fett; the Millennium Falcon; and an X-wing fighter. The stamps will be released at a first-day-of-issue ceremony on Friday, May 25, at Star
Wars Celebration IV, the biggest Star Wars event in the galaxy, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

"Star Wars fans everywhere will delight in the issuance of these

exciting new postage stamps," said David Failor,

executive director of Stamp Services, U.S. Postal

Service, who hosted the stamp preview.

"Because of the movies’ popularity, we believe these

stamps have the potential of reaching the blockbuster

status of the Elvis stamp, a milestone only the Force

could attempt to surpass. The Star Wars films

have timeless qualities that cross generations, just like the United

States Postal Service," said Failor, who made the announcement of the

new Star Wars stamps along with R2-D2, Darth Vader and Howard Roffman,

president of Lucas Licensing.

Failor announced the Star Wars and U.S. Postal Service collaboration,

which began March 16, when mailboxes around the country were designed to

look like R2-D2 — and which doesn’t stop with the issuance of

commemorative stamps. This exciting collaboration brings many

opportunities to involve stamp collectors and Star Wars fans of all


America Votes on Favorite Star Wars Stamp

Of the 15 images on the Star Wars stamp sheet, the Postal Service is

inviting the public to vote on its favorite. The stamp receiving the

most votes will be honored with the issuance of a single stamp, which

will be for sale later this summer.

Voting for the most popular Star Wars stamp will take place online at beginning today, March 28, through May 23. The

winning stamp will be announced at the first-day-of-issue ceremony on

May 25.

Check for regular updates on the voting — it’s up

to America to choose which Star Wars stamp wins the honor of a

single-stamp sheet release


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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