Royal Mail today issued specially shot images of droids BB-8 and R2-D2 to go along with the release of their eight new stamps, issued to mark the release of the forthcoming film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opening in UK cinemas on 14 December.

The stamps, illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween, depict a mix of new and classic charactersMaz Kanata; Chewbacca; Supreme Leader Snoke; Porgs; and the droids; BB-8; R2-D2; C-3PO; and K-2SO. Tween also designed the hugely popular Star Wars stamp set issued in 2015, to mark the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the biggest film of all time in the UK.

Incorporated onto each stamp is a secondary scene created by Tween especially for the stamps that includes the hero or another character, as well as an iconic spaceship or vehicle.

In addition, the ‘1ST’ font used in the ‘1ST’ value of the stamps will replicate that of the iconic typeface used for the films.

The four ‘droid’ stamps include fluorescent ink to emphasise some of the design features of the stamps. These will become visible only under a UV light.

The new stamps reflect the passion of the British public for the movies, and celebrate the major British contribution to the film series.

Fans can buy the stamps and view the product range at www.royalmail.com/starwars

You have until midnight tonight to buy the first day covers, so take the link now before they disappear forever!

The eight new stamps are on sale from today (12 October 2017) at www.royalmail.com/starwars and from 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK, and by calling Royal Mail Tallents House on 03457 641 641.