Earlier in the year, on May 04, I wrote a blog post “Our letters reflecting pop culture: May the Fourth be With You !” about the new Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens movie to be released on December 18.
It is fun to share that over in Great Britain they are coming out with 18 stamps prior to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie – and for those of us in the U.S. there are two places here that you can order them for yourself!
If you go over to the Linn’s Stamp website you can read the article they carried yesterday, October 20, on it: Great Britain’s Royal Mail rolling out the red carpet for ‘Star Wars’ saga, upcoming film with 18 stamps
Besides the article talking about the 18 face-different stamps and the several varieties being made available from Great Britain’s Royal Mail, it includes at the bottom of the article the link to two U.S. locations for ordering. Today I ordered my own set of stamps from the British Stamp Service in North America. They said to allow 4 to 6 weeks for the order.
Here is a partial excerpt from the Linn’s article:
“…In announcing the upcoming stamps, Royal Mail said: “The Star Wars series began in 1977. So far, there have been two trilogies of movies that have included major British involvement at UK studios. 17 December 2015 will see the UK theatrical release of the latest installment in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has been filmed at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, using British expertise in cast and crew. The two further episodes in this trilogy will also be filmed in the UK.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens will reunite the three principal actors from the original trilogy as well as the robots R2-D2 and C-3PO. New characters Rey and Finn will be played by British actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega respectively, with additional British cast members including Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis.
“Disney’s decision to base production in the UK is a major contributor to the British film industry. Not only is it providing employment and exposure for British acting talent, it also employs the British technical expertise in set design, cinematography, and costume design at Pinewood Studios. In the field of digital special effects, London is already a world centre, and the effects for the new Star Wars film have been created by the London office of Industrial Light & Magic (Lucasfilm’s special effects company).”
The new-issue announcement also mentions that the United Kingdom is the third largest market for the Star Wars films.
Additional Royal Mail products offered in conjunction with the Star Wars issue include first-day covers, 19 postcards reproducing the designs of the stamps and the souvenir sheet, a presentation pack divided into the light side and the dark side of the Force, and various packaged stamp sets aimed at people who are not stamp collectors.
Royal Mail has set up a website for preordering the stamps.
Ordering information also is available from Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 S. Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB, Scotland.
To net it out – if you are in the U.S. I would suggest using this link Royal Mail link to view all of the descriptions along with images so it will make sense when ordering from the U.S. I ended up calling the British Stamp Service in North America to place my order because their web site would not let me place the order on line, they mentioned they were having issues with their domain. They were very friendly and easy to place my order on the telephone.
Wishing you a fun day ahead! I’m planning to use some of these stamps in a cool insert with future letters I will be writing – perhaps you will consider it too. ‘May the Force be with you.’
Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today —
Image of stamps from Linn’s Stamp October 20, 2015 and excerpt: Great Britain’s Royal Mail rolling out the red carpet for ‘Star Wars’ saga, upcoming film with 18 stamps @
Image above from July 10, 2015 of John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford speaking at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Attribution: by Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
AnchoredScraps.com blog post: “Our letters reflecting pop culture: May the Fourth be With You !” May 04, 2015 by Helen Rittersporn
P.S. You might also enjoy this AnchoredScraps daily blog post: PreOrdering Royal Mail 2017 40th Anniversary Star Wars Stamps from 9-06-2017; by Helen Rittersporn.