These Royal Mail Star Wars stamps are simply first class
A long time ago in… well, this galaxy actually, people used to send letters rather than emails. Letters required things called “stamps” to prove that the sender had covered the costs involved in delivering the message from A to B. Should you wish to relive this quaint period of history, Royal Mail is temporarily giving you a chance to mix things up, with Star Wars characters replacing the Queen on their stamps, to celebrate the release of The Last Jedi.
Illustrated by the British digital artist Malcolm Tween, the eight stamps feature a selection of characters from the Star Wars universe: Maz Kanata, Chewbacca, Supreme Leader Snoke, the furry seal lookalike Porgs, BB-8, R2-D2, C-3PO, and K-2SO. They’re a companion set to stamps released in 2015 to celebrate The Force Awakens which featured Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Finn, Rey and Kylo Ren.
You can pre-order the stamps now, if you have some mail you know you’ll want to send on 12 October – although the heavy implication is that you’ll want to keep them as collector’s items. A basic pack of eight stamps costs £6.50, but you can also buy a framed set for £40, a BB-8 shaped display set for £10 or a medal set for £19.99.
“Some of the stamps feature secret details, revealed only by UV light,” the Royal Mail says on its website, suggesting they either don’t know what the word “secret” means, or that they can’t be trusted with one.
Get in quick if you fancy some of the new stamps: some are limited to a run of just 750 – and collectible Star Wars paraphernalia tends to be extremely popular.