has announced the launch of a set of 13 limited-edition stamps to celebrate the British contribution to the “
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The main set of eight stamp designs is produced in pairs featuring original illustrations of Transformers, Autobots and Decepticons locked in a battle, in retro Generation 1 style from the 1980s.
The images were created exclusively for Royal Mail by three British comic artists: Andrew Wildman (pencils), Stephen Baskerville (inks) and John-Paul Bove (colors) who have all contributed to Transformers comic series.
The main eight stamps are printed with a hidden ink which reveals each of the character’s faction logos and names in the Cybertronian alphabet when shone under UV light.
In addition, fans who download the Royal Mail app can scan the stamp and watch a unique augmented reality animation including a clip from the original animated Transformers TV series.
A further five stamps, presented in a miniature sheet, feature
“Since ‘The Transformers’ burst onto the scene in 1984, British writers and artists have made a substantial contribution to the ongoing story of the popular warring mechanoids; to this day many continue to do so and have inspired new artists to do the same,” says Matt Parkes, director, stamps and collectibles, Royal Mail. “We are delighted to be able to celebrate their work with this stunning set of stamps which calls back not only to the early comics but also – by using the Royal Mail app to trigger hidden content – the original cartoon series as well.”
The stamps are available to pre-order at
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