2021 First-Class Forever Stamps,Star Wars Droids

# 5573-82 - 2021 First-Class Forever Stamps - Star Wars Droids

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US #5573-82
2021 Star Wars Droids

  • Showcases a handful 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 stamps were issued:  To commemorate 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).

About the stamp designs:  Each stamp pictures a different droid in front of a background signifying an important moment from their 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.

History the stamps represent:  In 2021, the USPS released 10 new Forever stamps picturing Star Wars droids.  The stamps were created to honor these characters and the positive influence they’ve had on people.  Star Wars has always shown the exciting side of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) with highly advanced droids and other technological marvels.  It’s no wonder so many Star Wars fans have gone on to pursue STEM education.

In the Star Wars universe, there are countless droids who help keep things running.  Whether on the side of the heroes or the villains, droids have always played an important role.  Over the years, we have seen astromechs in charge of piloting X-wing fighters, protocol droids who translate different languages, droids programmed for battle, and many more.  The 2021 set of 10 US stamps pictures a small handful of them.  Some are quite famous, while others are more obscure:  IG-11, R2-D2, K-2SO, D-O, L3-37, BB-8, C-3PO, GNK (or GONK), 2-1B, and C-1-10P (“Chopper”).

STEM has a ways to go before we’ll see anything like these droids in real life, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying.  In fact, there are many people across the US who recreate Star Wars droids in their own homes or workshops.  Most of the time these are decorative or only able to move with the use of a remote control.  But who knows what discoveries hobbyists might make in the future?!

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US #5573-82
2021 Star Wars Droids

  • Showcases a handful 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 stamps were issued:  To commemorate 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).

About the stamp designs:  Each stamp pictures a different droid in front of a background signifying an important moment from their 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.

History the stamps represent:  In 2021, the USPS released 10 new Forever stamps picturing Star Wars droids.  The stamps were created to honor these characters and the positive influence they’ve had on people.  Star Wars has always shown the exciting side of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) with highly advanced droids and other technological marvels.  It’s no wonder so many Star Wars fans have gone on to pursue STEM education.

In the Star Wars universe, there are countless droids who help keep things running.  Whether on the side of the heroes or the villains, droids have always played an important role.  Over the years, we have seen astromechs in charge of piloting X-wing fighters, protocol droids who translate different languages, droids programmed for battle, and many more.  The 2021 set of 10 US stamps pictures a small handful of them.  Some are quite famous, while others are more obscure:  IG-11, R2-D2, K-2SO, D-O, L3-37, BB-8, C-3PO, GNK (or GONK), 2-1B, and C-1-10P (“Chopper”).

STEM has a ways to go before we’ll see anything like these droids in real life, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying.  In fact, there are many people across the US who recreate Star Wars droids in their own homes or workshops.  Most of the time these are decorative or only able to move with the use of a remote control.  But who knows what discoveries hobbyists might make in the future?!