For only the second time in history, the US Post Office is letting fans vote on a stamp. In the first vote, Brylcreem pompadour Elvis defeated fat leather jumpsuit Elvis (see the images here). This time it’s Star Wars. Here’s how the odds makers see the race shaping up:
Anakin Skywalker & Obi-Wan Kenobi
The image of a light-saber duel is a big plus, but the whole scene looks awfully Lord of the Rings.
Everyone loves a grotty bounty hunter–but only on cable TV.
Huffy, prissy, jerky, vaguely homosexual robots rarely make it onto stamps of major countries.
Frightens small children. Creeps out adults, too.
The poster boy for lung disease, evil and choking your adversaries in committee meetings? The force is strong with him.
Han Solo & Chewbacca
The dashing, debt-ridden rogue and his hair-factory sidekick are the odds-on favorites. That shtick still works for beer ads.
Young Jedi. Also, pubescent, virginal hick from a podunk planet with a whiny voice. I’d rather vote for his raspy father.
Yeah, it made the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs, but it’s still just a grimy old space ship.
Sir Alec Guinness is cool, even in some sort of bonnet.
Princess Leia & R2D2
Cinnamon-bun hair and the beeping trash-can robot will sway the nostalgic voters.
Natalie Portman looks hot in almost any get-up–except goat’s horns.
What’s that clacking noise? Oh, it’s their 90-part plastic outfits.
That face (chemical accident? Nick Nolte’s uncle?) won’t win the hearts of voters. And it doesn’t matter how much force you have, Palpatine. Your teeth are black, so you won’t get no love.
Screaming through space, a symbol of hope, rebellion, and hand-built models, circa 1977!
Ahh, withered tottering height-challenged sage with tortured syntax, much votes get will he!
Jabba the Hut
Gurgling, obese lump of evil that bites the heads off of small animals–just the icon for our Caligulan times.
The odds maker’s sentimental favorite. Won’t you show him some love?