Saturday 27 May 2023

2314. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail Warhammer Stamps - The Silliest British Issue Ever?


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail - 

8 June 2023 - Warhammer - 6 stamps (3 vertically se-tenant pairs) and 1 miniature sheet containing 4 different stamps. Details awaited.  While depiction of this issue remains embargoed by Royal Mail to philatelic dealers and philatelic media, a source in the media surrounding gaming has published some photographs on the internet of the new stamps in the presentation pack. The illustrations are therefore poor quality but give an idea to the ordinary collector of what they will be like when they are released. Each design seems to feature a diorama of miniature figures - elves and other fantasy creatures all about to do battle with each other. 

At a time of important international events and notable national anniversaries which should be noted on the United Kingdom’s national postage stamps but are not, the subject of this issue seems bizarrely trite and immature and, ultimately, laughable and silly. What depths Royal Mail stamps have sunk to. Little wonder that British stamp collectors are giving up buying Royal Mail new issues. Better quality illustrations will be featured in a future edition of this Blog when available.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Guernsey Post -

Tweets reporting Post and Go issues with one day added inscriptions commemorating visiting cruise ships.

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  1. Age kicking in. Warhammer was hugely popular when I was a boy, can’t believe it was launched 40 years ago! I can understand why it’s celebrated but totally agree with you; when looking at the whole new issues calendar, you do have to wonder.

  2. I am Not a Free Man, I am Just a Number28 May 2023 at 10:21

    Every time it seems that the bottom of the philatelic barrel has been reached (and we have the nadir of the "silliest ever" issue), the 'accolade' is fleeting in its temporariness (is that a word?) - an even sillier subject is sure to be waiting in the wings.

    A couple of years hence, we may be looking back on the Warhammer issue as "the good old days" of stamp-collecting....

  3. Yet figurines as role playing games are collectibles and have a history. a shame that Royal Mail decided for a full-on copyrighted issue: evolution from tin soldiers to plastic ones to Warhammer figurines, with the latter on a minisheet and the former on 2x2 stamps...

  4. Not the silliest issue - at least it has British origins - unlike some recent issues.

    What's silly for any of these issues is that it's 10 stamps, that will be unavailable to almost everyone.

    That's probably more than Canada has issued all year - where the last issue was the 150th anniversary of the RCMP. For which they issued a single 92¢ stamp - like many commemorative issues. And rather than burying so it's unavailable to anyone but collectors, it's in self-adhesive books of 6, that are widely available.

  5. I'm not so sure that it is such a silly issue - Games Workshop, the company that produces Warhammer products, has been phenomenally successful over the last 10 years or so (current share price £95). As one of the few real British success stories of the 21st century, I think Warhammer is fully deserving of a stamp issue - far more so, in my opinion, than TV shows from 40 or 50 years ago (see Dad's Army, Blackadder, Wallace & Gromit, etc, etc).

    Anyone who wants to see current British achievement celebrated would surely agree. Just a shame that so few of these stamps will actually be used.