2021 55¢ Star Wars Droids – C-3PO
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
Along with R2-D2, C-3PO is one of the first characters people think of when Star Wars is mentioned. While R2-D2 is an astromech droid in charge of repairing and piloting starcraft, C-3PO is what is known as a protocol droid. This type of droid is responsible for providing language translations, cultural explanations, and more.
Like R2-D2, C-3PO has been in the Star Wars universe since the very beginning. In fact, he was built and programmed by a young Anakin Skywalker. C-3PO witnessed Anakin's evolution from innocent boy to powerful Jedi, and, later, his fall to the Dark Side and transformation into Darth Vader. He was also present for the birth of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. However, after this event, his memory banks were wiped in order to protect the children from their father.
Over the years, C-3PO was a companion to many humans and droids alike. He aided diplomatic missions and translated countless important conversations. While his personality was always rather formal and stiff, he was known for his occasional sarcasm as well (especially in interactions with R2-D2). C-3PO's abilities have made him into a droid many of us wish we could have in our own homes. We can only hope that one day, new technology will make that dream a reality.