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
www.uspsjedimaster.com beginning today, March 28, through May 23. The
winning stamp will be announced at the first-day-of-issue ceremony on
Check www.uspsjedimaster.com for regular updates on the voting — it’s up
to America to choose which Star Wars stamp wins the honor of a
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