I don't know if it was because of the holiday season but the poster was dispatched & shipped after 1 day and it arrived in 5 days (would've probably been faster but i ordered it over the weekend!) It comes in a hard cardboard tube, and the poster itself is also rolled with paper to protect it. The poster is superb quality, I could easily read everything and the colours were very vibrant, the poster was a good size too. I got this for a friend who is a fan of the show and I have no doubt that she'll love it. Very happy; great price, delivery time & quality!