2021 55¢ Star Wars Droids – D-O
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: May 4, 2021
First Day City: Nicasio, CA
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset, Flexographic
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 60,000,000
The treatment of droids in Star Wars is a major theme throughout the franchise's many story lines. Droids are created by humans, but they often develop their own personalities independent of their programming. This leads to the question of whether or not droids are sentient. That is, do they feel emotions and gain knowledge the same way humans and other species do?
There have been countless examples of Star Wars droids changing personalities over their lives depending on their circumstances. One such example was the tiny droid known as D-O. He was once owned by a Sith assassin who treated him horribly, giving the droid a fear of humans. Eventually, D-O was found on Pasaana by BB-8. Once reactivated, D-O took an immediate liking to the larger droid and accompanied him. It took a bit of time for him to trust BB-8's human companion Rey, but eventually D-O allowed her to repair him.
D-O went from being a fearful droid owned by a cruel and abusive master, to an excitable, friendly droid who helped the Resistance in his small way. This suggests that treating droids better can result in improved performance, meaning they are more similar to humans than we may think. This brings up the issue of droid rights and discrimination, a direct mirroring of similar issues with race and gender in the real world.