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Superhero Stamps from the Royal Mail

To celebrate DC’s collection of superheroes and villains, the British Royal Mail is bringing out a collection of 18 first-class special stamps. Based on two of DC’s iconic comic characters, the main set of 12 celebrates Batman – the superhero, his sidekicks, and the villains. The second set shows off Justice League, featuring Batman (again), Wonder Woman, and Superman among others.

The Batman set is in two halves, with the first part introducing the superhero himself along with his allies, Batwoman, Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, and Alfred. The second half includes his foes, The Joker, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Catwoman and The Riddler. All these characters will be familiar to fans of Bruce Wayne and Gotham City.

Stamp images courtesy of Royal Mail

Fans of Justice League won’t be disappointed either with a miniature sheet showing their favourite superheroes – Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman, Supergirl and finally, Shazam!

Stamp images courtesy of Royal Mail

All 18 stamps have been specially commissioned for Royal Mail and illustrated by British comic book artist, Jim Cheung and colourist Laura Martin. “Generations have grown up, spellbound by the adventures and the personalities of these Super Heroes and Super-Villains. These illustrations detail each character with such vivid imagery that they look ready to leap out of the stamp!” said Matt Parkes, Director Stamps and Collectibles at Royal Mail.

The superhero stamps will be available on 17 September with pre-orders open now. The Royal Mail offers a wide range of collectibles based around the stamp sets, but personally, I think I’ll be picking up some Batman and allies sheets for general use. I’m Batman!

Gadgets Galore for 007

With only a month to go until the next 007 film, “No Time To Die“, there’s plenty of James Bond-themed goodies for the spyhunters out there.

Omega Seamaster Watch with mesh braceletAs Mr Bond’s watch brand of choice in the recent films, Swiss timekeepers Omega have the Seamaster Diver 300m 007 Edition which comes in a 42 mm titanium case on a titanium mesh bracelet, though a brown, grey and beige Nato strap more in keeping with the military is also available. You know that this isn’t going to be cheap so get your credit card out for this one at GB£7,390.

Swatch Q WatchStaying with watches but significantly reducing the price, Swatch have their Swatch X 007 collection. It’s a range of six watches based on different Bond films, one for each of the actors that has played 007.

  • Sean Connery – Dr No
  • George Lazenby – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Roger Moore – Moonraker
  • Timothy Dalton – Licence to Kill
  • Pierce Brosnan –The World is Not Enough
  • Daniel Craig – Casino Royale

A seventh Swatch model will be worn by Q in the forthcoming film and is pictured left – I quite like that. The Swatches are more reasonably priced at around £70-£80, though the price for the Q watch hasn’t been confirmed.

Stamps showing scenes from James Bond filmsMoving away from watches and over to stamps, the UK’s Royal Mail has James Bond special stamps featuring both the actors and the vehicles from the films. There’s quite a collection on show from a character set at £7.20 through to silver stamps at £199. The stamps have hidden features which are only revealed under UV light. Very spy.

There’s plenty of other James Bond tie-ins out there – these were just a couple that caught my eye. If you really want to get into the world of 007, check out Bond Lifestyle for links to all the clothes, sunglasses and real-world gear used in the films.

No Owl Post for Muggles – Harry Potter Stamps

To celebrate the latest instalment of the Harry Potter story, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the UK’s Royal Mail has announced a special set of Harry Potter stamps and other collectibles based on characters and items from the magical series. Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny and Neville feature on the stamps along with Hagrid, the Hogwarts’ Express and the Knight Bus from the films.

An additional miniature sheet shows five Hogwarts professors superimposed on the Marauder’s Map. Mischief managed!

The stamps can be pre-ordered now, though I’m not sure about delivery outside of the UK. Prices are UK£6.70 for a standard sheet and £10.75 for a presentation pack.

Stamp designs courtesy of Royal Mail.

Star Wars Last Jedi Stamps

To celebrate the latest instalment of the Star Wars story, the UK’s Royal Mail has announced a special set of Star Wars stamps and other collectibles based on characters from The Last Jedi. The stamps depict Maz Kanata, Chewbacca, Supreme Leader Snoke, Porgs (whatever they are!) and the droids BB-8, R2-D2, C-3PO and K-2SO who was previously seen in Rogue One.

Available in the UK from 12 October, the eight 1st class stamps are designed by Malcolm Tween who has a serious track record in Star Wars illustration. Plus, the droid stamps have secret details that only appear under UV light.

The stamps can be pre-ordered now, though I’m not sure about delivery outside of the UK. Prices are UK£5.20 for a standard sheet and £6.50 for a presentation pack.