Star Wars #1

Star Wars #1

There is a minor chance you could miss the Star Wars franchise. With “The Last Jedi” premiere at the gates it’s time to take a short look back and forth. With stamps, of course.

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi premiere will take place on December 9, 2017, in Los Angeles and after that in numerous countries on December 13, 14 or 15. The premiere in China will take place on January 5, 2018.

It’s also known by the full title “Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” and is, of course, part 8 of the Star Wars “eigthology” (so far 😊 ). The Episode 7 ended with Rey finding Luke Skywalker on the planet of Ahch-To and delivering his blue lightsaber to him. And we can expect some more action in theatres very soon.

This is a short description of what we can expect (quote from www.imdb.com):

“Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.”

 

A Short Look Back and Forth

With the Episode VIII in front of us, let’s remember how it all started 40 years ago. The Star Wars franchise is maybe the most important SF franchise ever and definitely the most popular at the moment (I guess Star Trek fans could crucify me for this), having the only global competitor in the Star Trek franchise. I personally prefer Star Trek more (now Star Wars fans can crucify me also 😊 ) simply because of more (explained) details and being much more “realistic” as well based on science. But still, I guess Star Wars popularized SF more.

The first thing you’ll think when somebody mentions Star Wars to you is of course movies. So far (including The Last Jedi), 8 episodes were filmed, starting with the Original trilogy:

  • Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
  • Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983),

continuing with the Prequel trilogy:

  • Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005),

and continuing once more with the current Sequel trilogy:

  • Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Episode IX (planned for 2019).

While in older (darker 😊 ) days somebody could call you a nerd, geek or dreamer for watching such movies, or SF in general, today they became mainstream and you could be called some other names if you miss it. Ah, how times change 😊

But, Star Wars are more than just these 9 movies. There are numerous books, series, animated series, tv movies and fan-made “stuff”. The Star Wars universe is really huge and new stories are coming from all parts of the universe constantly.

Needless to say (but I will) that there are so many items, toys, computer and video games and gadgets that exploit the popularity of the franchise.

 

The Main Plot

The plot of this space saga/opera is pretty straightforward and a classical one – the everlasting fight between the good and the evil. You can easily differentiate good guys from bad guys, even by their looks. Bad guys raised from their “dark holes of the universe” once again and are more powerful than ever before while the good guys are pretty much confused at the moment. They need to fight their internal battles, resolve their personal issues, find the inner strength, gather their crew and spank bad guys asses once again (will they never learn it’s bad to be a bad guy).

George Lucas did really a great job while creating this universe “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”. There are numerous races, items and gadgets, spaceships and different types of equipment – it’s simply the completely new universe, comparable to nothing seen before and after.

 

Come to The Philatelic Side, We Have Stamps

Many Star Wars-related items were created and that is also the case with the stamps. In this and upcoming 2 articles, I’ll present some of them, starting with 3 stamp sheets that were issued by Royal Mail.

Two of these sheets were issued on October 20, 2015, related to the premiere of Episode VII – The Force Awakens. All stamps have the 1ST denomination.

Stamps on the first sheet present movie characters with the X-wing starfighter and the TIE fighter in the background.

 

Royal Mail - Star Wars

Copyright© 2015 Royal Mail. All Rights Reserved.

October 20, 2015

Denomination: 1ST

1st row – Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Stormtrooper, Han Solo, Rey

2nd row – Princess Leia, The Emperor, Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, Finn, Kylo Ren

 

The second 2015 sheet presents a different kind of space fighters and machines that we can see in movies.

 

Royal Mail - Star Wars

Copyright© 2015 Royal Mail. All Rights Reserved.

October 20, 2015

Denomination: 1ST

X-wing starfighters, TIE fighters, AT-AT walkers, Millennium Falcon with the Death Star in the background

 

The last sheet we’ll see today was issued on October 12, 2017, and are related to the upcoming Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. We can see 8 characters on these stamps with BB-8 peeking from the right side of the sheet.

 

Royal Mail - Star Wars

Copyright© 2017 Royal Mail. All Rights Reserved.

October 12, 2017

Denomination: 1ST

1st row – Maz Kanata, Chewbacca, Supreme Leader Snoke, Porg

2nd row – BB-8, R2-D2, C-3PO, K-2SO

 

Besides these two sheets, Royal Mail issued all kinds of Star Wars-related souvenirs combining these stamps on different sheets, from single stamps to R2-D2 Display set. It’s simply pointless to try to put them all in this article because there is really a lot of them. I encourage you to investigate more (Google is your friend 😊 )

 

I hope you’re getting ready to see the new Star Wars movie and start collecting stamps if you haven’t so far. Stay tuned because we’ll talk more about Star Wars and Star Wars-related stamps in the upcoming two articles.

 

Continue reading: Star Wars #2: Top 8 Interesting (and Funny) Star Wars Facts

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