The seven stamps are self-adhesive as usual, with the 1st & 2nd also being available in booklets of 12.
The miniature sheet is conventionally gummed, and also depicts children's favourite, Shaun the Sheep, so good he has his own tv series.
There will also be the usual Smilers Sheet, this time featuring Wallace’s Stamp-O-Matic machine. To see this, visit our website.
Extract from our webpage to answer Ian's comment:Royal Mail worked closely with creator Nick Park and the team at Aardman Animations in the genesis of the designs. The approach to the stamps was similar to how Aardman create a film. First Nick Park drew scenes and visual jokes involving the characters, refi ning the designs to work in miniature. After many such roughs a core of scenes was agreed upon. When he and Royal Mail were satisfi ed they would reproduce in a very small format, Nick Park created coloured versions of the illustrations which were reduced to stamp size.
Then the Aardman model-makers were brought in to make the illustrations come to life, with Nick Park overseeing production. Each stamp was created like a scene from a film, with models, props and background sets especially constructed. For example, in the 2nd Class stamp design, the lights in the background of the lamp (and on the Christmas tree in the Large 2nd Class design) are real light sources, and the envelope being posted on the 1st Class stamp features a Wallace and Gromit 1st Class stamp.
The scenes were then photographed and Royal Mail formatted the images into stamp designs.
So what do you think of these? A big seller for Royal Mail, for sure, I would say! Let us know using the Comment link below.