Published on November 26th, 2019 | by Sam Rose
Royal Mail Unleash the Force with the Release of Star Wars III Special Stamps!
Royal Mail’s second Special Stamps issue to arrive in November is none other than an edition of Star Wars III Special Stamps for 2019!
Celebrating and truly capturing the essence of the Sci-fi phenomenon that is the Star Wars™ universe, the Royal Mail are set to issue the third and final Special Stamps issue this November based on the cinematic juggernaut that is Star Wars.
This brand-new collection of stamps will feature characters and iconic vehicles featured within the film series, just in time for the exciting final installment of the Skywalker saga, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, due to be released in cinemas on the 19th of December (in the UK).
The original Star Wars trilogy of films were released between 1977 and 1983 and were created at Elmstree and Shepperton Studios in the UK.
The producers of the series, Lucasfilm and Disney, have decided to return to a British studio and crew whose experience and expertise have helped to contribute to the success of the original films.
With the final trilogy of these films being filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, Royal Mail have unveiled this thrilling new collection to help celebrate Britain’s contribution to Star Wars, whilst also marking the monumental release of the concluding episode and the gripping culmination of the Skywalker saga.
Bringing the Star Wars Universe to Life
This phenomenal new issue of Star Wars III Special Stamps features a new set of 10 characters which helps to complete the now 30 stamp Star Wars collection that covers all three of Star Wars’ dramatic trilogies.
Each stamp design includes an original, exclusive illustration of key characters which have been breathtakingly recreated by digital artist and Star Wars fan Malcolm Tween.
The main images in each design have been effectively blended with background scenes taken directly from the Star Wars franchise in order to create a collection of truly striking and hyper-realistic montages.
This newest issue of Star Wars III Special Stamps includes many beloved fan favourite characters along with three brand new characters who will appear on cinema screens in the upcoming blockbuster ‘The Rise of Skywalker’.
Star Wars III Special Stamps
Note: The following section contains some spoilers for the Star Wars franchise – proceed with caution!
1st Class – Count Dooku
The sinister yet elegant Count Dooku originally trained as a Jedi Master, but notoriously turned his back on his fellow Jedi by joining forces with Darth Sidious and became a Sith.
Working secretly alongside the maniacal Darth Sidious, Dooku leads a droid army against the Republic and initiates the deadly Clone Wars during the Battle of Geonosis, where he is also cast into a lightsaber battle with the Jedi Master, Yoda.
Despite showing his allegiance as a Sith, Darth Sidious viciously betrays Dooku and the Count is soon then killed by Anakin Skywalker.
1st Class – Lando Calrissian
Known as the one-time owner of the “fastest ship in the galaxy”, the Millennium Falcon, Lando Calrissian was commonly known to be a gambler and a smuggler who lost the prestigious Falcon during a game of sabacc with Han Solo.
Calrissian later became an administrator of a sophisticated resort on Bespin within Cloud City and allies himself with the Empire, before then joining the Rebel Alliance to help destroy the second of the deadly Death Stars.
1st Class – Sith Trooper
Inspired by the true power of a dark and dangerous legacy, the Sith Troopers become Kylo Ren’s menacing new breed of highly skilled soldiers.
Having been trained to an elite level, these fearsome warriors handle close-combat weaponry and blaster rifles, along with long-range heavy artillery and are employed in the First Order’s final push to achieve ultimate galactic domination.
1st Class – Jannah
Armed with weaponry such as an energy bow and a grappling hook, Jannah is regarded as the honorable leader of a fierce band of warriors emanating from an oceanic moon.
Jannah displays bouts of impressive athleticism and is superbly skilled at both archery and riding.
Due to her effective sets of skills, Jannah soon joins up with allies such as Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca and joins the fight against the evil and threatening power of the First Order.
1st Class – Grand Moff Tarkin
Known as Wilhuff Tarkin, Tarkin becomes the Emperor’s first Grand Moff – a title which is given to a governor who rules over star systems within the Star Wars universe who show signs of rebellion.
Tarkin is responsible for commanding the Death Star, a superweapon which is employed against whole planets to demonstrate his mantra of “ruling through fear of force”.
Once the Death Star is obliterated by the Rebel Alliance in a daring and exhilarating battle, Tarkin is killed in the impending earth-shattering explosion.
1st Class – Darth Maul
Belonging to the Zabrak race, a humanoid species native to Iridonia, Darth Maul adorns head horns and face tattoos, making him one of the series most striking villains in terms of appearance.
Maul is trained in the dark arts and becomes a Sith Warrior under the tutelage of Darth Sidious, who soon emerges from the planet of Tatooine to confront Jedis Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
During the chaotic battle that ensues, Jinn is killed whilst Maul is sliced in two at the waist in a last gasp fight-back by Obi-Wan Kenobi, but survives and later reemerges to fight in the Clone Wars with the use of robotic legs.
1st Class – Zorii
Zorii Bliss is introduced to fans as a tough spice runner who originates from the snowy planet of Kijimi.
Armed with twin blaster pistols and wearing a visored helmet which helps to hide her face, Zorii presents herself as a character who just wants to keep business to herself.
But despite her reputation as being a streetwise scoundrel, Zorri will be forced to take sides in the increasingly high stakes war taking place between the First Order and the Resistance forces.
1st Class – Wicket Warrick
Established as an Ewok scout and warrior, Wicket W Warrick befriends Leia Organa when she visits his home world on the forest moon of Endor.
The peaceful planet of Endor becomes the site of an Imperial generator which directly powers the energy shield which helps to protect the second Death Star.
Using only simplified weaponry and cunning traps, Wicket and his fellow Ewok warriors are able to help Leia and the Rebel Alliance to defeat the Empire during the epic Battle of Endor.
1st Class – Poe Dameron
Regarded by his peers as a truly ace pilot, Poe Dameron is a highly skilled member of the Resistance.
He is assisted in his customized T-70 X-Wing fighter by a trusty droid assistant known as BB-8, whilst leading a thrilling and daring raid to uncover a weak spot in the Starkiller Base belonging to the First Order.
Dameron relies on principles of action rather than passivity, which leads to him clashing with the leadership of the Resistance group over his desire to directly strike at the First Order, but remains at the heart of any battles led by the Resistance.
1st Class- Queen Amidala
After being crowned as the monarch of her planet of Naboo at the age of just 14, Queen Amidala quickly becomes a skilled diplomat and fighter.
Going on to represent Naboo as its senator on Coruscant, Amidala soon falls in love with the Jedi, Anakin Skywalker.
But after witnessing Anakin’s eventual descent over to the dark side of the Force, Queen Amidala is forced to flee after she becomes pregnant with their twins, Luke and Leia.
Memorable Vehicles Showcased in the Star Wars III Special Stamps Vehicles Miniature Sheet
Along with these captivating character-led designs, this phenomenal new issue of Star Wars III Special Stamps also includes a Vehicles Miniature Sheet featuring an additional 6 stamps based on many of the iconic vehicles used throughout the franchise.
1st Class – Poe’s X-Wing Fighter
The Incom T-70 X-Wing fighter is the signature ship of the Resistance group.
Fast and powerful, these crafts are able to dogfight against First Order TIE fighters and can attack much larger ships with their proton torpedoes.
Resistance pilot Poe Dameron flies a customized, orange-style version of the X-Wing which contains a hatch for his droid, BB-8.
1st Class – Jedi Starfighter
In a space battle above the capital planet of the Galactic Republic, Coruscant, Jedis Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker pilot small, highly maneuverable starfighters which are equipped with power laser and ion cannons.
These space vehicles are assisted by Astromech droids who manage the navigation and handle any required in-flight repairs.
1st Class – Slave I
This distinctive patrol and attack focused ship was piloted by the notorious bounty hunter, Jango Fett.
After his passing, the ship is gifted to his son, Boba, who follows in his father’s footsteps and becomes a bounty hunter too.
The ship is fitted out with numerous defensive features and hidden weapons, including the likes of projectile launchers, laser cannons and proton torpedoes.
1st Class – TIE Silencer
Flown by the sinister Kylo Ren against the New Republic and Resistance fleets, the TIE Silencer is a next generation TIE Fighter which utilises incredible speed and range of firepower.
The ship carries an onboard hyperdrive and deflector-shield generator, with missiles and cannons also located within the apertures of its wings.
1st Class – Podracers
These light, repulsorlift vehicles consist of a cockpit to hold one pilot and makes use of huge engines that can reach extremely high speeds.
Anakin Skywalker built a yellow version of a Podracer from scavenged parts, piloting it to win a race and ultimately his freedom with the help of the Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn.
1st Class – Speeder Bikes
Imperial stormtroopers use these open-air repulsorlift speeder bikes during their hunting and scouting missions.
During the Battle of Endor, rebels Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa capture two of these fast and highly agile vehicles from an Imperial outpost, before using them during a high-speed chase through Endor’s mass forest.
Other Star Wars III Special Stamps Collectibles
Other collectibles included as part of the Star Wars III Special Stamps issue are:
• A Presentation Pack containing all 10 Special Stamps plus the Vehicles Miniature Sheet in a meticulously designed package of 2 full sides of Star Wars facts, figures, imagery and other intriguing information surrounding the Star Wars universe.
• A Framed Stamp and Miniature Sheet Set featuring each of the 10 new character Special Stamps mounted alongside the Vehicles Miniature Sheet contained within a slick, black ash effect frame.
• A Framed Collectors Sheet which includes each of the 10 character Special Stamps paired up with a classic or iconic moment taken from across all three trilogies, including three from the newest film; ‘The Rise of Skywalker’.
• A Framed Complete Stamp Set containing all 30 character stamps from every Star Wars Special Stamps issue that has been released in stunning new framed presentation, set amongst the atmospheric backdrop of the epic lightsaber battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’.
Unleash your inner Jedi with Star Wars III Special Stamps – available now!