US mailboxes are said to be ripe for an R2-D2 makeover
Postboxes across the US are to be dressed up as Star Wars robotR2-D2 to celebrate 30 years since the release of the sci-fi series’first outing.
Some 400 boxes will get the new look, including outsideHollywood’s Grauman Chinese Theatre, one of first cinemas to screen thefilm in 1977.
The makeover is part of a post office campaign for the announcement of a surprise stamp on 28 March.
The public have been urged not to tamper with the droid mail collectors.
A special stamp to commemorate the release of the first film was issued by the US Postal Service in May 1977.
Chief marketing officer Anita Bizzotto said the robot postboxes are a "little teaser" for its announcement later this month.
"When you look at a mailbox, the resemblance to R2-D2 is too good to pass up," added Ms Bizzotto.
The USPS website is running a clip from Star Wars in which robot C-3PO asks: "R2D2, where are you?"
In the next shot, someone is seen slotting a letter into the little beeping robot.
During the six films of the Star Wars series, R2-D2 -regarded as a more courageous robot counterpart to C-3PO – wasresponsible for saving his human counterparts.