Star Wars III
Royal Mail is issuing its third and final stamp issue celebrating the phenomenon of Star Wars.
This new set of stamps will feature characters and iconic vehicles from the film series, in time for the release of the final installment of the Skywalker saga; Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, due for cinema release on 19th December 2019 (UK release).
The original trilogy of films (released between 1977 and 1983) was made at Elstree and Shepperton Studios in the UK. The producers of the series, Lucasfilm and Disney, decided to return to a British studio and crew whose expertise contributed to the success of the original movies. The final trilogy of movies has been filmed at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire and our stamps celebrate the British contribution to Star Wars, and mark the world event of the release of the concluding episode and culmination of the Skywalker saga.
This new set of 10 characters complete the 30 stamp Star Wars collection from across all three epic trilogies.
All 10 characters are original, exclusive illustrations by digital artist and Star Wars fan Malcolm Tween who has blended the main images with background scenes to create striking and hyper-realistic montages.
The set includes much-loved characters from the original trilogy such as Wicket Ewok and Lando Calrissian but also introduces three brand-new characters from the latest blockbuster: The Rise of Skywalker
The sinister and elegant Count Dooku trained as a Jedi Master but joined Darth Sidious as a Sith. Working secretly with Sidious, he leads a droid army against the Republic and initiates the deadly Clone Wars at the Battle of Geonosis, where he engages in a lightsabre battle with Jedi Master Yoda. Sidious betrays Dooku, and the Count is killed by Anakin Skywalker
The one-time owner of the “fastest ship in the galaxy”, the Millennium Falcon, Lando Calrissian was a gambler and a smuggler who lost the Falcon in a game of sabacc to Han Solo. Later the administrator of a sophisticated resort on Bespin, Cloud City, he allies himself with the Empire before joining the Rebel Alliance and helping to destroy the second Death Star.
Inspired by the power of a dark and dangerous legacy, the Sith troopers are Kylo Ren’s new breed of highly skilled soldiers. Trained to elite level, these fearsome warriors can handle close-combat blades and blaster rifles as well as long-range heavy artillery. The Sith troopers are to be employed in the First Order’s final push for ultimate galactic domination.
Armed with weapons such as an energy bow and a grapple hook, Jannah is the honourable leader of a fierce band of warriors from an oceanic moon. Jannah is athletic and superbly skilled at archery and riding. She joins legendary heroes such as Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca in the fight against the evils of the First Order.
Grand Moff Tarkin
Wilhuff Tarkin became the Emperor’s first Grand Moff, a title given to a governor who rules over star systems that show signs of rebelliousness. Tarkin commanded the Death Star, a superweapon employed against whole planets to demonstrate his maxim of “ruling through fear of force”. Tarkin dies on the Death Star when it is obliterated by the Rebel Alliance.
A Zabrak with head horns and face tattoos, Maul is trained in the dark arts as a Sith warrior by Darth Sidious. He emerges from his training on Ttooine and confronts Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. In this battle, Jinn is killed, while Maul is sliced in two at the waist. However, he manages to survive and fights in the Clone Wars on robotic legs.
Zorii Bliss is a tough spice runner from the snowy planet Kijimi. Armed with twin blaster pistols and wearing a visored helmet to hide her face, Zorii just wants to keep her business to herself. But even streetwise scoundrels such as Zorii are forced to take sides in the increasingly high-stakes war between the First Order and the Resistance.
An Ewok scout and warrior, Wicket W Warrick befriends Leia Organa on his homeworld, the forest moon of Endor. The peaceful planet has become the site of an Imperial generator that powers the energy shield protecting the second Death Star. Using only simple weapons and traps, Wicket and his fellow Ewoks help Leia and the Rebel Alliance defeat the Empire during the battle of Endor.
Ace pilot Poe Dameron is a highly skilled member of the Resistance. Assisted in his customised T-70 X-wing fighter by his trusty droid, BB-8, he leads a daring raid to find a weak spot in Starkiller Base. Preferring action to passivity, he clashes with the leadership of the Resistance over his desire to strike at the First Order but remains at the heart of any battle.
At the age of 14, Padmé Amidala becomes the monarch on her planet Naboo. A skilled diplomat and fighter, she goes on to represent Naboo as its senator on Coruscant, where she falls in love with a dashing young Jedi, Anakin Skywalker. Witnessing Anakin’s fall to the dark side, Amidala is forced to flee after she becomes pregnant with their twins, Luke and Leia.