2021 First-Class Forever Stamp,Star Wars Droids: Chopper

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US #5582
2021 C-1-10P “Chopper” – Star Wars Droids

  • Showcases C-1-10P “Chopper”, 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 C-1-10P “Chopper”, one of the droids found in the Star Wars franchise. 

About the stamp designs:  Pictures the droid C-1-10P “Chopper” 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:  While R2-D2 is one of the most famous astromech droids in Star Wars, he was certainly not the only droid out there.  One other example was a C1-series astromech droid known as C1-10P, or “Chopper” for short.

Chopper served during the Clone Wars with the Republic Navy.  His job was to help pilot and maintain Y-wings.  One day, his ship was shot down and he crash landed on a planet in rebellion against the Confederacy of Independent Systems.  He was rescued from the wreckage and went on to become the companion of Hera Syndulla, who later grew up to be a pilot.

Chopper helped crew and maintain Hera’s ship, Ghost, which they sometimes used to conduct raids on the Empire.  As an older droid, Chopper’s personality tended to be on the gruff side, and he delighted in arguing with or pranking his crewmates.  In general, he tended to dislike other droids and humans, but tolerated the crew of the Ghost.  He even went so far as to risk his life to help save them on several occasions.  (Of course he would never admit to this.)

Chopper was often said to be “past his expiration date,” and often stuck out in low-profile missions, but he still proved very useful to his shipmates.  It just goes to show that, while technology continues to evolve, old certainly does not mean useless.

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US #5582
2021 C-1-10P “Chopper” – Star Wars Droids

  • Showcases C-1-10P “Chopper”, 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 C-1-10P “Chopper”, one of the droids found in the Star Wars franchise. 

About the stamp designs:  Pictures the droid C-1-10P “Chopper” 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:  While R2-D2 is one of the most famous astromech droids in Star Wars, he was certainly not the only droid out there.  One other example was a C1-series astromech droid known as C1-10P, or “Chopper” for short.

Chopper served during the Clone Wars with the Republic Navy.  His job was to help pilot and maintain Y-wings.  One day, his ship was shot down and he crash landed on a planet in rebellion against the Confederacy of Independent Systems.  He was rescued from the wreckage and went on to become the companion of Hera Syndulla, who later grew up to be a pilot.

Chopper helped crew and maintain Hera’s ship, Ghost, which they sometimes used to conduct raids on the Empire.  As an older droid, Chopper’s personality tended to be on the gruff side, and he delighted in arguing with or pranking his crewmates.  In general, he tended to dislike other droids and humans, but tolerated the crew of the Ghost.  He even went so far as to risk his life to help save them on several occasions.  (Of course he would never admit to this.)

Chopper was often said to be “past his expiration date,” and often stuck out in low-profile missions, but he still proved very useful to his shipmates.  It just goes to show that, while technology continues to evolve, old certainly does not mean useless.