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The British empire strikes back with new Star Wars stamps

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Star Wars fans in the UK can now spruce up those letters they definitely send on a regular basis with a new set of Star Wars-themed stamps. The collection, set to be released on October 20th by the UK's national post service, the Royal Mail, features 12 characters and six vehicles from the franchise. They've been illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween, with each styled like "Jedi’s vision" showing "the future, the past, new things, and different places from the legendary saga," according to the official Star Wars website.

The stamps cover Star Wars films old and new, illustrating Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo from the original trilogy, as well as Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren — the main characters in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first-class stamps are available to preorder in a variety of formats, including a framed and mounted set for £55.00 ($84.90), or an unadorned version for £9.55 ($14.76). A miniature sheet of the six featured vehicles (including TIE fighters, X-wings, and the Millennium Falcon) can also be bought separately. You can, we should also stress, post letters with them.

Star Wars UK stamps