2021 First-Class Forever Stamp,Star Wars Droids: BB-8

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US #5578
2021 BB-8 – Star Wars Droids

  • Showcases BB-8, 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 BB-8, one of the droids found in the Star Wars franchise. 

About the stamp designs:  Pictures the droid BB-8 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 2015, a brand-new astromech droid was introduced to Star Wars fans – BB-8.  He surprised audiences with a totally new design from previous astromech droids (like R2-D2).

Instead of wheels or legs to get around, BB-8 is a ball-shaped droid with a more traditional astromech-style head.  His hemisphere-shaped head remains stationary while the ball-shaped bottom of his body allows him to roll across the ground.  Unlike the slow and awkward R2-D2 or C-3PO, BB-8 is a fast-moving droid with a high degree of maneuverability.

BB-8’s body style captured the hearts of Star Wars fans across the globe, leading to the creation of remote controlled versions of the droid.  In fact, when Disney World opened their new Star Wars-themed area, an attraction was added for fans to build their very own droids.  It was dubbed Droid Depot and gives fans the chance to customize a remote-controlled droid to their liking.  This includes body style (the traditional R2-D2 or modern BB-8), colors, accessories, and even the sound it makes.  The attraction has proved so popular with park-goers that reservations are usually needed to avoid missing out.

Droids like BB-8 have inspired folks in STEM fields as well. Who knows what innovations they might come up with thanks to these high-tech characters?

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US #5578
2021 BB-8 – Star Wars Droids

  • Showcases BB-8, 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 BB-8, one of the droids found in the Star Wars franchise. 

About the stamp designs:  Pictures the droid BB-8 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 2015, a brand-new astromech droid was introduced to Star Wars fans – BB-8.  He surprised audiences with a totally new design from previous astromech droids (like R2-D2).

Instead of wheels or legs to get around, BB-8 is a ball-shaped droid with a more traditional astromech-style head.  His hemisphere-shaped head remains stationary while the ball-shaped bottom of his body allows him to roll across the ground.  Unlike the slow and awkward R2-D2 or C-3PO, BB-8 is a fast-moving droid with a high degree of maneuverability.

BB-8’s body style captured the hearts of Star Wars fans across the globe, leading to the creation of remote controlled versions of the droid.  In fact, when Disney World opened their new Star Wars-themed area, an attraction was added for fans to build their very own droids.  It was dubbed Droid Depot and gives fans the chance to customize a remote-controlled droid to their liking.  This includes body style (the traditional R2-D2 or modern BB-8), colors, accessories, and even the sound it makes.  The attraction has proved so popular with park-goers that reservations are usually needed to avoid missing out.

Droids like BB-8 have inspired folks in STEM fields as well. Who knows what innovations they might come up with thanks to these high-tech characters?