The 18 stamps will include nine iconic characters from the previous films including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Darth Vader. Three characters from the seventh episode, Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Trailer], will also be featured on the stamps, which are due to be issued on October 20.
The stamps are illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween, who has produced illustrations for Star Wars posters - see Tumblr
The font used to indicate the value, for example '1st', will replicate that of the iconic typeface used for the films.
Also being issued is a miniature sheet of six stamps featuring intricately detailed illustrations of six iconic Star Wars vehicles, brought together against a backdrop of the Death Star.
For further information, see www.royalmail.com/starwars
A Prestige Stamp Book will be issued on 17 December 2015 - more details awaited.
Royal Mail have provided this information which may placate some of the critics who think that this is only about supporting a US film franchise. I'm not arguing one war or another - although I do think that it is over the top in terms of quantity.
The series began in 1977 and so far there have been two trilogies of movies. December 2015 will see the theatrical release of the Episode 7 - The Force Awakens, which has been filmed at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, using British expertise in cast and crew, and the two further episodes in this final trilogy will be filmed in the UK.
The producers of the new movies decided to return to a British studio and crew whose expertise and
professionalism contributed to the success of the earlier films. The new film, The Force Awakens, will reunite the three US principle actors from the original trilogy, reprising their iconic roles, as well as the robots R2-D2 and C-3PO and the alien Chewbacca. New characters will be introduced, many of which are played by British actors and include Daisy Ridley and John Boyega (both cast as leads).
From the very beginning British talent has featured strongly among both the acting and production talent including David Prowse, Darth Vadar; Alec Guiness and Ewan McGregor, Obi Wan Kenobi; Anthony Daniels, C3PO; Kenny Baker, R2D2; Iain McDairmid, Emperor Palpatine; Christopher Lee, Count Doku; Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca; and many others including Liam Neeson, Peter Cushing and Terence Stamp. The British connection also extends behind the camera with world leading British talent and from Costume to Special Effects.
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 of Pinewood studios from set design and cinematography to costume design. 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 and Magic (Lucasfilm’s effects company).
The UK is the third largest market in the world for the Star Wars films, and the new stamps both reflect the passion of the British public for the movies, and celebrate the major British contribution to the film series and the global success of the British film industry.
All the stamps will be shown on our website - although you can see them at the Royal Mail link above. Meanwhile here are some more images, in case their site crashes!
Additional Products include a Generic Smilers Sheet. Each of the stamps also enters the Smilers programme and is available for personalisation.
The Prestige Book which I anticipated but did not know about, will be issued on December 17th and cost nearly £17. More details on that when we have them. As you see from the title - The Making of Star Wars The British Story - the emphasis is very much NOT on the USA!