2021 55¢ Star Wars Droids – BB-8
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
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), color, accessories, and even the sounds 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?