2021 First-Class Forever Stamp,Star Wars Droids: 2-1B Droid

# 5581 - 2021 First-Class Forever Stamp - Star Wars Droids: 2-1B Droid

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US #5581
2021 2-1B – Star Wars Droids

  • Showcases 2-1B, 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 2-1B, one of the droids found in the Star Wars franchise. 

About the stamp designs:  Pictures the droid 2-1B in front of a background signifying an important moment from its 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:  With all the battles in Star Wars, it’s no wonder there was a class of droids designed to perform medical procedures.  These were most commonly 2-1B surgical droids, “the most efficient medical droid in the Galaxy, even more capable than the Effex-Seven, and certainly possessing a better bedside manner.”

2-1B droids were normally equipped with pincers on the end of each arm, though these could be replaced with medical instruments as needed.  They were programmed with some of the highest level of intelligence of any droid, giving them the experience of even the most skilled physicians.  Some 2-1B droids received specialized programming in neurosurgery, pediatrics, cybernetic limb replacements, alien biology, and more.  The droids became so popular across the galaxy that most medical centers and large starcraft were equipped with at least one.

Today’s medical systems are better than they have ever been, but imagine how good they could be if we eliminated the risk of human error?  We already have robots that assist surgical procedures, but they are still operated by humans.  Star Wars presents a future where our medical care rests in the steady hands of a machine.  Their programming would feature state-of-the-art methods, and quality of care would be unprecedented.

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US #5581
2021 2-1B – Star Wars Droids

  • Showcases 2-1B, 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 2-1B, one of the droids found in the Star Wars franchise. 

About the stamp designs:  Pictures the droid 2-1B in front of a background signifying an important moment from its 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:  With all the battles in Star Wars, it’s no wonder there was a class of droids designed to perform medical procedures.  These were most commonly 2-1B surgical droids, “the most efficient medical droid in the Galaxy, even more capable than the Effex-Seven, and certainly possessing a better bedside manner.”

2-1B droids were normally equipped with pincers on the end of each arm, though these could be replaced with medical instruments as needed.  They were programmed with some of the highest level of intelligence of any droid, giving them the experience of even the most skilled physicians.  Some 2-1B droids received specialized programming in neurosurgery, pediatrics, cybernetic limb replacements, alien biology, and more.  The droids became so popular across the galaxy that most medical centers and large starcraft were equipped with at least one.

Today’s medical systems are better than they have ever been, but imagine how good they could be if we eliminated the risk of human error?  We already have robots that assist surgical procedures, but they are still operated by humans.  Star Wars presents a future where our medical care rests in the steady hands of a machine.  Their programming would feature state-of-the-art methods, and quality of care would be unprecedented.