Date of Issue : 20 October 20015
Royal Mail is going to release a special set of stamps to mark the release of new film from the Star Wars series.A set of 18 first-class stamps will be on sale from October 20, featuring a scene or character from the first six films and three from the new release, Star Wars: the Force Awakens.
Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Emperor, Boba Fett and a stormtrooper are included on the stamps, as well as new characters Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren.
The stamps are illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween while a further six feature vehicles and spaceships from the series. Royal Mail said the stamps celebrate the British expertise behind the Star Wars films.
The first Star Wars film was released in 1977 and quickly spawned two follow ups; The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi in 1980 and 1983. Fans then had to wait a further 16 years before their next fix of Star Wars when The Phantom Menace was released followed by Attack of the Clones and then finally Revenge of the Sith in 2005.
Three films are now planned for release in December then 2017 and 2019.