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katie Aardman Staff Posted: Sep 21st 2010

Spend this Christmas with Wallace and Gromit on Royal Mail's Festive Stamps!
They are multi Academy Award winners and global screen stars, and now Wallace and Gromit will make a special appearance in millions of homes worldwide after signing-up to feature on Royal Mail’s Christmas stamps, unveiled today.

Available from 2nd November, the stamps feature the nation’s favourite animated characters going about their Christmas duties with the 1st Class stamp showing the two posting their Christmas cards.

Wallace and Gromit go carol singing on the 2nd Class stamp and dress the Christmas tree on the 60p stamp. As usual, Gromit is left to do the majority of the work, carrying the cards and hauling an unfeasibly large Christmas pudding around on the 97p stamp with his reward being a bone-themed jumper shown on the £1.46 stamp.

Like the duo’s award-winning films, the stamps are packed with detail, but with the added challenge of reducing the ‘World of Wallace and Gromit’ down to stamp size.

To achieve this Royal Mail’s design team worked closely with Nick Park and Aardman Animations to devise brand new scenes featuring the pair.

The approach to the stamps was similar to how Aardman Animations create a film, with Nick Park drawing scenes and visual jokes involving the characters, before refining the designs so that they would work in a definitive stamp format. Each stamp was then constructed with models, props and background sets – all created especially for the issue.

Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit, said; “It’s been such a wonderful honour and a pleasure to work with Royal Mail and to have my characters, Wallace and Gromit, immortalised on their very own stamps.

“It was one of the biggest challenges my talented team and I have faced yet - to create memorable Christmas images of the duo - the size of postage stamps. But we knew we’d lick it in the end.”

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said; “The process of developing these stamps has been a labour of love for all concerned – but I think it has resulted in one of the finest sets of Christmas stamps Royal Mail has ever produced.

“Nick and his team’s attention to detail is legendary, but their efforts to bring Christmas with Wallace and Gromit to life on stamps is truly extraordinary. Keen-eyed collectors armed with a magnifying glass will see that the envelope seen being posted on the 1st Class stamp features the actual 1st Class stamp.”

MarkGromit Posted: Sep 21st 2010

Cracking! They certainly get my Stamp of approval!! Pun intended!|-)

katie Aardman Staff Posted: Sep 21st 2010

Wahey nice one MarkGromit ;) Glad you like the designs, we can't wait for them to be released!

jordan Posted: Sep 21st 2010

woo i will be getting these there very cool, hope there will be bigger pics soon :)

gromitsbuddyinginventor Posted: Sep 21st 2010


mammabat Posted: Sep 21st 2010

I can't wait to buy a set! and of course buy my usual Christmas stamps... but definately havind a complete set just for me!

wallace05man Posted: Sep 21st 2010

cool! i can't wait

Nathan M Posted: Sep 21st 2010

I will be buying these:)

morph2468 Posted: Sep 21st 2010

historyman Posted: Sep 21st 2010

Marvellous stamps for Christmas. The Post Office will end up printing more ! I'll certainly stock up on these festive fancies for all my Christmas post. I might keep the wensleydale cheese for myself, though.

SockEyeSalmon Posted: Sep 21st 2010

I'll get some of these... I also hope that there will be Nativity stamps sold alongside our chums!

bigfanwallace Posted: Sep 22nd 2010

Is it possible that they will get to appear in denmark ?
because I think it is a wonderful idea and would like to buy some at the postoffice..

skalouis Posted: Sep 22nd 2010

cant wait to got them in post box

kieran Posted: Sep 22nd 2010

I love the pictures i will be buying these but i wont use them, there to good to use.

Katie is there any bigger versions off these pictures because i think they would look good as a wallace and gromit christmas wallpaper.

Ursrut Posted: Sep 22nd 2010

When will the first days be available?

ajmole Posted: Sep 22nd 2010

: ( USA left out AGAINZ!!!!

abra Posted: Sep 23rd 2010

I live in Australia. I wish I could get these for Christmas!!
I really like Feathers McGraw in the images

Gromits little bro Posted: Sep 23rd 2010

@Ursrut I suspect doemtime at the end of October to the beginning of Nov. That's when they usuallly coem out.

Gromits little bro Posted: Sep 23rd 2010

Sorry for the rubbish spelling ^ and it won't allow me to edit it

Horsea Posted: Sep 24th 2010

I don't live in England, either. Am in Canada. I think the best and cheapest way to get some of these stamps for yourself would be to find an online penpal from England, somehow, and ask them to send you these stamps in exchange for the cost + a little monetary gift for their trouble!

timmythesheep848 Posted: Sep 24th 2010

Yeah Good Idea Horsea! :)

gromitgem Posted: Sep 24th 2010

I can't wait to get them!!!!

Neomiko Posted: Sep 24th 2010

Oh, it makes me wish I lived in the UK... So envious!

oldlimey Posted: Sep 25th 2010

These stamps are just what we all need!;)
As I live in the U.S. must get a friend in the U.K. to send me some for souvenirs

wandgfan21 Posted: Sep 26th 2010

I think i will be getting the first day cover.;)

abra Posted: Sep 28th 2010

you can make these as a prize for a Christmas competition for the people who live outside the UK?:-|

joemhewitt Posted: Sep 28th 2010

Those stamps are so cool !
I must buy them !


Gromits little bro Posted: Sep 29th 2010


skalouis Posted: Oct 2nd 2010

cant wait to got them in post box

wallace and gromit Posted: Oct 9th 2010

Why do I have to live in the US??!!!

timmythesheep848 Posted: Oct 10th 2010

Wallace and gromit- Im sure you will be able to order some online?

MotionMe Posted: Oct 13th 2010


tedphipps Posted: Oct 14th 2010

I will buy all of these!:-(|)

redrocket39 Posted: Oct 21st 2010

Look! W&G christmas countdown widget!

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