In honor of Star Wars’ 30th anniversary, the United States Postal Service is unveiling a new commemorative stamp March 29. And my very own Lincoln, Neb., is one of 200 cities nationwide to be selected for a new mailbox to mark the event.
Christy Funcke, customer relations coordinator at the Lincoln post office, explained that some 400 mailboxes made to resemble the famous Star Wars character would be installed nationwide in time for the unveiling of the stamp.
Along with the mailboxes, the USPS will launch a Web site for the commemorative stamp. The site now contains a teaser video with scenes from the original 1977 movie edited to show R2-D2 accepting a letter.
That most well-loved droid, R2-D2, on Times Square in New York City. (Photo credit: wsh1266)
The postal service notified law enforcement to be on the lookout for Star Wars fans gone awry who might try to steal the mailbox, and also notified the Department of Homeland Security of its plans, Funcke said.
R2-D2 was a natural fit because the squat little fellow resembled a mailbox’s shape, anyway, Funcke said, but the promotion was appropriate in other ways, too.
“(R2-D2) is a fun, feisty little character,” Funcke said. “He embodies the trust and dependability for which the post office is renowned.” — Lincoln Journal-Star
I understand why local law enforcement would need to be notified. The likelihood of this little guy being droid-napped are probably pretty high, even if it is a federal offense to tamper with mailboxes. But why Homeland Security? Someone might mistake it for a bomb. Thanks, Boston. Now Lincoln cannot even put up a mailbox without notifying somebody.
(Hat Tip: The Popped Collar)
Information from Principled Discovery. Michael Hampton contributed to this report.