Stamp name: Darth Vader

Value: First Class

Release date: 20 October 2015

Designer: Malcolm Tween

About this stamp

Once a Jedi Knight, the fearsome Darth Vader defects to the dark side of the Force to serve the Emperor as a Sith Lord. The main image shows his looming figure staring down on the viewer, while the action scene depicts Vader in a lightsaber duel with his son Luke Skywalker.

The Star Wars Special Stamps collection celebrates the British expertise behind the Stars Wars films and the release of the 2015 movie, 'The Force Awakens'.

The set of 18 Special Stamps, illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween, features nine classic characters from the first six films in the saga including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader and Yoda.

Three additional characters from 'The Force Awakens' are portrayed: Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren. Each portrait image includes a secondary character or scene creating an imaginative ‘story corner’ effect.

A further six stamps make up the miniature sheet and explore the iconic vehicles and spaceships from the films – including the Millennium Falcon, X-wing fighters and TIE fighters – while in the background looms the dreaded Death Star.

The font used for the value on each of the 18 stamps replicates the famous typography used for the films.

Four decades of British involvement
The Star Wars series began in 1977. The first two trilogies of movies included major British involvement at UK studios as each episode was made with a largely British cast and crew.

'The Force Awakens' was predominately shot at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. The film introduces characters Rey and Finn, played by British actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega respectively, with additional British cast members including Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis.

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Presentation Pack
The layout of the visually rich Presentation Pack reflects the story of eternal struggle that is at the heart of the Star Wars saga. It juxtaposes the light side and the dark side of ‘the Force’, providing a written summary of each one at either end of the pack. 

Containing all 12 Special Stamps and the miniature sheet, it also features a wealth of information and imagery taken from the first six films in the franchise, together with images of two new 'The Force Awakens' characters on each side.

First Day Cover
The First Day Cover is issued across two covers, one with the 12 character stamps, and the other with the six vehicles. The background features a unique starscape depicting an X-wing pursued by TIE Fighters. The covers are cancelled with a special blue-inked Alliance Starbird postmark.