'Star Wars' Droid R2-D2 to Collect U.S. Mail
U.S. Postal Service mail boxes masquerade as the astromech driod R2-D2 of 'Star Wars' fame.
Credit: © Lucasfilm 2007/USPS.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thirty years ago, in theaters near and far, far away, a movie opened the imaginations of millions, combining the magic of mythology and special effects to launch the "Star Wars'' phenomenon.

A star of those films - the brave little robot R2-D2 - is about to take a turn collecting mail as the Postal Service and Lucasfilm Ltd. commemorate that movie launch [image].

The post office is wrapping mail collection boxes in some 200 cities nationwide in a special covering to look like R2-D2.

It's part of a promotion for a new stamp to be announced March 28, said Anita T. Bizzotto, the post office's chief marketing officer.

"It's a little teaser for the upcoming announcement and we decided to have a little fun with it,'' she said.

About 400 mailboxes will be covered to look like the stout droid. "When you look at a mailbox, the resemblance to R2-D2 is too good to pass up,'' Bizzotto said.

While postal officials would like people to look for these mailboxes and maybe even drop in a letter, Bizzotto urged people not to tamper with them, noting that's a crime.