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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - stamp issue 12 October 2017 & 14 December 2017

Royal Mail will issue another set of Star Wars stamps ahead of the release of Episode 8 - The Last Jedi, on 14 December which has been filmed at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire.

This time there is no miniature sheet, only a set of 8 to be issued in October, but a prestige stamp book will be issued in December.

Star Wars Kaz Manata stamp.  Star Wars Chewbacca Stamp. Star Wars Snoke stamp. Star Wars Prog Stamp.
Star Wars BB=8 Stamp. Star Wars R2-D2 Stamp. Star Wars C-3P0 stamp. Star Wars K-250 stamp.
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All 1st Class

From upper left to lower right:

Maz Kanata, Chewbacca, Supreme Leader Snoke, Prog.

BB-8, R2-D2, C-3P0, K-250

Star Wars Droids Aliens & CReatures Sheets. Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Sheet.

Droids, Aliens & Creatures Sheet.

This is printed on self-adhesive paper by International Security Printers and contains 10 x 1st class stamps

One of eac of the 8 stamps, plus additional BB-8 and K-250 stamps with labels showing film stills from the Lucasfilm archives.

These 8 stamps are therefore essential for a complete collection, although they will not be accorded SG catalogue status individually.
Stare Wars 2017 PRestige Stamp book.

Prestige Stamp Book - issue date 14 December 2017

Images we have seen show that the definitive pane contains

A Prestige Stamp Book will be issued on 14 December 2017. 

4 x 1st class, 2 x 2nd class &
2 x £1.40 Machin definitive stamps

The Machins are expected to have security features coded MPIL M17L.

We expect that all panes will be printed in litho by
International Security Printers.

A special limited edition PSB with silver holographic cover will also be available from Royal Mail, priced at £75.


Star Wars 2017 retail booklets. Two retail booklets are to be issued on 12 October 2017 each containing four 1st class Machin definitives and two special stamps.

One booklet contains the BB-8 and R2-D2 stamps, the other contains Maz Kanata and Chewbacca stamps.

The booklets are printed on Security Printed Backing Paper, type 2, but one inverted and one upright:

Detail of backing paper on Star Wars retail booklet.

All the fans probably know the detail of these fictional characters, so I shan't take a lot of space here on their write-up.

Technical details:

The 35mm square stamps are designed by Interabang using illustrations by Malcolm Tween, and printed in lithography on ordinary gummed paper by International Security Printers in two sheets of 48 stamps. 

Images on the individual stamps are
©  & TM Lucasfilm.   All stamp images © Royal Mail 2017 - no reproduction permitted without agreement from Royal Mail.  This website © Norvic Philatelics 2017. 

Product range - all available to pre-order on Royal Mail's website

Set of 12 stamps*  -    Presentation Pack containing all 8 stamps    Set of 8 Stamp Cards    Two retail booklets.

First Day Cover       Generic Smilers Sheet of 10 stamps*      Prestige Stamp Book (14 December 2017) and official FDC of definitive pane

Special postmarks available for the day of issue  were shown in Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletins (download here)

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