“Star Wars” and its cast of characters have been captivating and inspiring fans for more than 40 years. For many, the most-beloved personalities are the droids.
Droids have been a staple in the “Star Wars” galaxy from the very beginning. They are engaged as loyal companions, etiquette and protocol aides, and sidekicks. The U.S. Postal Service has embraced these engaging personalities and brought the droids’ unique appeal to a pane of 20 Forever stamps.
The stamps are a nod to the commitment of Lucasfilm and its parent company, The Walt Disney Company, to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and the continued collaboration between the “Star Wars: Force for Change” philanthropic initiative and global pre-K-12 nonprofit organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Together, “Star Wars: Force for Change” and FIRST are on a mission to expand access to STEM learning and robotics to more young people around the world.
Now customers, whether they support the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire, can add a touch of astromech to their mail. The Forever stamps were dedicated during a virtual ceremony and are now being sold online and at Post Office locations nationwide.
“I grew up with “Star Wars” and love sharing the stories and inspiration with my kids,” said dedicating official Isaac Cronkhite, chief logistics and processing operations officer and executive vice president, U.S. Postal Service. “The Postal Service has a long history of looking to the stars as inspiration for its stamps, and for celebrating the innovation, science and technology it takes to get us there, which is why the “Star Wars” droids are a perfect fit for stamps. These new Forever stamps represent more than four decades of technical innovation in the service of brilliant storytelling.”
Cronkhite was joined for the ceremony by Lynwen Brennan, executive vice president and general manager at Lucasfilm, Doug Chiang, vice president and executive creative director at Lucasfilm, and Anthony Daniels, the actor who performed as C-3P0 in all nine Skywalker saga films.
“Droids have been a centerpiece of “Star Wars” for generations, capturing the hearts of fans and igniting imaginations,” said Lynwen Brennan, executive vice-president and general manager at Lucasfilm. “The U.S. Postal Service perfectly captured the charisma of each droid in this new stamp collection and we’re excited for fans to spread their love of these iconic characters throughout our galaxy.”