King Kong

Seventy two years after he first stormed onto our screens, Kong was brought to life once more for what was his most magnificent performance.

Issue information

One of the most legendary icons in move industry took over New Zealand in 2005, to the thrill of millions of excited fans.

72 years after he first stormed on to our screens, Kong was brought to life once more for what was sure to be his most magnificent performance. For Academy Award ® writing director, Peter Jackson, it was the realisation of a life-long dream and a tribute to the movie that prompted his own extraordinary career.

New Zealand Post celebrated this gigantic moment in New Zealand film history with a stamp issue that captured both the terror and the magic of Kong's release.

For those brave enough to look inside, you glimpsed the fear that unfolded in the movie, as the bold crew of The Venture was confronted by the reality of the mythical beast and the horrors of the world that surrounded him.

Each of the images for the five stamps were personally approved by Peter Jackson, so you could share some of his favourite moments in the incredible adventure.

Collector's Pack

Kong was well and truly captured inside this unforgettable collector's pack. It included the five stamps, the miniature sheet, and both first day covers. For the first time, New Zealand Post also brought sound to the collector's pack so you could imagine the breath-taking fear of being pursued by the beast himself.

First Day Covers

Mounted against the ghostly image of Kong, as he glared menacingly out into the murky waters, you certainly looked twice at this stunning stamp first day cover. The miniature sheet first day cover beared haunting words of caution to those who approached.

Miniature Sheet

The miniature sheet showed the five stamps set against the steel that would ultimately fail to restrain Kong.

Postage-included Souvenir Cards

You could watch Kong take over the world with these impressive postage-included souvenir cards. They were available as a set of five, each featured one of the stamps and the rampaging image of Kong.

The Ultimate Collection

For your convenience, you could buy all the products available in the stamp issue in this ultimate collector's folder.

Strongboxes and Bubblebags

Lurking in the depths of the steel container was an angry Kong, desperate to gain both his freedom and the girls he loves. This spectacular product range of strongboxes and bubblebags would have protected your parcels as you sent them off, or you might have wanted to keep one for yourself.

Universal Studios' King Kong movie © Universal Studios. Kong The 8th Wonder of the World ™ Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. All Rights Reserved.

Commemorative Coins

Take a look at the commemorative coins that were also part of this issue. Click here to find out more.

Product Listing for King Kong

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Image Title  Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 45c 'King Kong' gummed stamp.

Worshipped by a savage race, the 25-foot gorilla survived the horrors of a prehistoric jungle only to be defeated by his fascination for Ann.

$0.45
Single Stamp 

Single 90c 'Carl Denham' gummed stamp.

A maverick film-maker, Carl Denham is captivated by the legend of Kong and sets off to make a movie that would catapult him into fame. Ultimately, his greed for success would be his undoing.

$0.90
Single Stamp

Single $1.35 'Ann Darrow' gummed stamp.

Struggling, out-of-work actress Ann Darrow believed her luck had finally changed when she was offered a role on Carl Denham's film, unaware of what part she would play in the adventure that unfolded.

$1.35
Single Stamp

Single $1.50 'Jack Driscoll' gummed stamp.

A sensitive New York playwright, Jack Driscoll became an unlikely hero on Skull Island, as both his physical courage and his heart were tested in pursuit of Ann.

$1.50
Single Stamp

Single $2.00 'Ann and Jack' gummed stamp.

When Ann and Jack discovered their feelings for each other on Skull Island they became part of a terrifying love triangle, as Kong pursued the golden-haired actress for himself.

$2.00
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet. $6.20
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $6.70
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $6.70
Set of Maximum Cards Set of five pre-paid postcards featuring a stamp on the front and artwork from the stamp issue. $10.00
Presentation Pack Presentation pack containing a selection of stamp products from the issue and further information on the theme of the stamps. $29.95
Ultimate Collection Pack containing every stamp product issued as part of this stamp issue. $219.95
Small Strongbox Kong small strongbox to send parcels within New Zealand or internationally. $5.50
Large Strongbox Kong large strongbox to send parcels within New Zealand or internationally. $6.50
Small Bubblebag Kong small bubble packaging only bags to send parcels within New Zealand or internationally. $2.25
Medium Bubblebag Kong medium bubble packaging only bags to send parcels within New Zealand or internationally. $3.00
Large Bubblebag Kong large bubble packaging only bags to send parcels within New Zealand or internationally. $4.75

Technical information

Date of issue: 19 October 2005
Number of stamps: Five
Denominations and designs: 45c King Kong, 90c Carl Denham, $1.35 Ann Darrow, $1.50 Jack Driscoll, $2.00 Ann and Jack
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Saatchi & Saatchi, Wellington
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours with spot UV overgloss
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 50mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor stamp gummed paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: 14.80 x 14.67
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B format.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 18 October 2006.