Two forces are teaming up, and neither rain nor sleet nor space attacks will keep this carrier from his appointed rounds.

Be on the look out: starting today in our neighborhoods and on street corners not so far, far away, hundreds of official U.S. Postal Service blue collection boxes will be transformed into Star Wars character R2-D2 look-alikes to promote an exciting new adventure which the U.S. Postal Service is embarking on with Lucasfilm Ltd.

As most of us know, R2-D2, who appeared 30 years ago in the first installment of Star Wars, is a feisty little droid who embodies the trust and dependability for which the Postal Service is known.

The R2-D2 collection boxes will temporarily replace boxes in highly visible locations across the country, presumably to deter any kind of vandalism. Customers can drop mail into them just like any other collection boxes.

These character mailboxes feature an address for a Web site which plays a short movie clip showing a letter being inserted into a slot on the spunky little droid. The USPS explained that the site is meant to give clues about the real meaning behind the promotion, which many Internet bloggers have theorized is the release of Star Wars themed stamps in the near future. More details about the promotion will be announced March 28 on the site.

Look for the R2-D2 mailbox near you... until then, "May the Force be with you."

Gina M. Scott  |  Writer