The Star Wars universe will expand with another film in December and Great Britain’s Royal Mail is celebrating with eight new special stamps based on the epic sci-fi movie series.
The Star Wars Droids and Aliens will mark the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi, which will hit U.S. theaters on December 15. The stamps will go on sale October 12.
This is Royal Mail’s second blockbuster issue for the Star Wars realm, whose first movie — Star Wars, Episode IV, A New Hope — was released in 1977. In 2015, Royal Mail issued 12 similarly designed stamps from the earlier six Star Wars movies, including Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia.
Like the futuristic space-age wizardry of the Star Wars films, the new stamps are meant to be fun and filled with some extra features.
The stamps are illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween, who also designed the Star Wars set issued in 2015.
The stamps feature images of droids and aliens that have appeared in the iconic film series and feature a mix of new and classic characters: aliens Maz Kanata; Chewbacca; Supreme Leader Snoke; Porgs; and droids BB-8; R2-D2; C-3PO; and K-2SO.
The droid stamps include design features that become visible only under a UV light. The style of the “1st” value on each of the stamps replicates the iconic font used for the films.
Each stamp also features a scene created by Tween especially for the stamps that includes the hero character as well as an iconic spaceship or vehicle. The stamps celebrate the British expertise behind the Star Wars films as each episode was made with a large British cast and crew.
Aliens are non-human species who live alongside humans, speaking either human languages or languages of their own. Many aliens have distinctive anatomies, from the tall, hair-covered Wookiees, such as Chewbacca, to the diminutively shaped, short-sighted Maz Kanata.
Droids are everywhere in the galaxy. First developed in the distant past, they assist humans and aliens in every way, from flying spaceships and providing power to spreading war and terror. Most droids speak only in electronic sounds to other droids and have their memory wiped when passed to a new owner. However, some droids escape memory wipes and can appear to develop personalities of their own and even form bonds with their owners.
Star Wars creator George Lucas envisioned the movie series from the start follow space-dwelling characters, their ancestors and descendants in a series of three triologies. The final film in the original set of trilogies, simply called Episode IX for now, is due to be released in 2019.