2021 First-Class Forever Stamp,Star Wars Droids: IG-11

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US #5573
2021 IG-11 – Star Wars Droids

  • Showcases IG-11, one of the droids that populate the Star Wars universe
  • Celebrates the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm, the studio that created Star Wars


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  May 4, 2021
First Day City:  Nicasio, California
Quantity Issued:  60,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset, Flexographic
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Phosphor, block tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To commemorate the robot-like characters known as IG-11, one of the droids found in the Star Wars franchise. 

About the stamp designs:  Pictures the droid IG-11 in front of a background signifying an important moment from his time in the Star Wars franchise.  Designed by Greg Breeding.

First Day City:  The virtual First Day of Issue Ceremony was held on May 4th (celebrated as “May the 4th Be With You” by Star Wars fans) with First Day of Issue Postmark from Nicasio, California, the city which is home to Skywalker Ranch, home of Lucasfilm founder George Lucas.

About the Star Wars Droids set:  Includes 10 stamps commemorating the robot-like characters known as droids who are found throughout the Star Wars franchise.  Also indicate Disney and Lucasfilm’s promotion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning and “Star Wars: Force for Change,” plus global nonprofit organization “FIRST” (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

History the stamp represents:  In the Star Wars universe, we’re used to seeing astromech droids like R2-D2 or protocol droids like C-3PO.  However, there are many other interesting types out there.  For example, assassin droids.

In 2020, Star Wars fans were introduced to the assassin droid IG-11 in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.  This droid is one of many bounty hunters sent after a target known as “the Child.”  The main character of the show, the Mandalorian, is another one of those bounty hunters.  He meets IG-11 at the place where the Child is being kept.  The two end up working together to take out the many armed guards surrounding the place.  In the end, the Mandalorian betrays IG-11, killing the droid and taking the Child himself.

IG-11 shows up later in the series when the Mandalorian and his friends are in dire straights while trying to protect the Child from the First Order.  It is revealed that IG-11 was reprogrammed as a nurse droid.  His new primary function is to protect the Child.  However, the Mandolorian believes droids can’t be made to forget their original programming so easily.  IG-11 later sacrifices himself so the Child can escape, and the Mandalorian changes his opinion of droids.

IG-11 is a perfect example of Star Wars addressing real-life questions through entertainment.  In this case, the incredible power nurture has on one’s character.

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US #5573
2021 IG-11 – Star Wars Droids

  • Showcases IG-11, one of the droids that populate the Star Wars universe
  • Celebrates the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm, the studio that created Star Wars


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  May 4, 2021
First Day City:  Nicasio, California
Quantity Issued:  60,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset, Flexographic
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Phosphor, block tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To commemorate the robot-like characters known as IG-11, one of the droids found in the Star Wars franchise. 

About the stamp designs:  Pictures the droid IG-11 in front of a background signifying an important moment from his time in the Star Wars franchise.  Designed by Greg Breeding.

First Day City:  The virtual First Day of Issue Ceremony was held on May 4th (celebrated as “May the 4th Be With You” by Star Wars fans) with First Day of Issue Postmark from Nicasio, California, the city which is home to Skywalker Ranch, home of Lucasfilm founder George Lucas.

About the Star Wars Droids set:  Includes 10 stamps commemorating the robot-like characters known as droids who are found throughout the Star Wars franchise.  Also indicate Disney and Lucasfilm’s promotion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning and “Star Wars: Force for Change,” plus global nonprofit organization “FIRST” (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

History the stamp represents:  In the Star Wars universe, we’re used to seeing astromech droids like R2-D2 or protocol droids like C-3PO.  However, there are many other interesting types out there.  For example, assassin droids.

In 2020, Star Wars fans were introduced to the assassin droid IG-11 in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.  This droid is one of many bounty hunters sent after a target known as “the Child.”  The main character of the show, the Mandalorian, is another one of those bounty hunters.  He meets IG-11 at the place where the Child is being kept.  The two end up working together to take out the many armed guards surrounding the place.  In the end, the Mandalorian betrays IG-11, killing the droid and taking the Child himself.

IG-11 shows up later in the series when the Mandalorian and his friends are in dire straights while trying to protect the Child from the First Order.  It is revealed that IG-11 was reprogrammed as a nurse droid.  His new primary function is to protect the Child.  However, the Mandolorian believes droids can’t be made to forget their original programming so easily.  IG-11 later sacrifices himself so the Child can escape, and the Mandalorian changes his opinion of droids.

IG-11 is a perfect example of Star Wars addressing real-life questions through entertainment.  In this case, the incredible power nurture has on one’s character.