Boba Fett’s iconic ship is getting a new name. With the upcoming release of new LEGO Star Wars Mandalorian sets, the ship formerly known as Slave I will now be called Boba Fett’s Starship.
The Boba Fett Starship set (75312) is created for ages 9 and up. It includes 593 pieces and two minifigures – one of Fett and the other of the Mandalorian Din Djarin. The set lets you build the Starship with rotating wings, a compartment for a Carbonite slab (for your bounties) and a transporter vehicle.
But as with nearly every change or modification made to anything in the Star Wars universe, some fans aren’t happy about the name change. Specifically, actor Mark Anthony Austin, who played Fett in a special edition of A New Hope, spoke out on Twitter saying, “My ship will forever be Slave1.”
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The actors most known for playing the beloved bounty hunter are Jeremy Bulloch, who first played Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones and Boba Fett in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.
In an interview with Jedi News, LEGO Star Wars Design Director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen and Lead Designer Michael Lee Stockwell confirmed the name change from Slave I to Starship. When asked why, Frederiksen said:
Everybody is. It’s probably not something which has been announced publicly but it is just something that Disney doesn’t want to use anymore.
Stockwell also told Jedi News, “We’re not calling it Slave I anymore. This is Boba Fett’s Starship.”
This isn’t the first name change for Star Wars. Back in 2015, Disney was reportedly quietly phasing out Leia’s iconic “Slave Leia” outfit in its entirety. According to Collider, comic artist J. Scott Campbell spoke openly on social media about Disney no longer using the bikini and chains outfit from Return of the Jedi in any future products.
As for Boba Fett’s ship on screen, it remains to be seen whether the name change will be reflected in The Book of Boba Fett or any upcoming season of The Mandalorian. Neither Disney nor Star Wars have commented or confirmed an official name change. The Boba Fett Fan Club has been compiling a list of products that no longer describe the ship as Slave I.
In the online Star Wars databank, Slave I is still listed and described as the powerful, unique ship owned by Jango Fett and inherited by his clone/son Boba Fett.
The Firespray 31-class ship’s first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back and was seen most recently in the second season of The Mandalorian. The modified, rotating ship was infamous among fugitives as Fett was one of the galaxy’s most feared bounty hunters in the days of the Empire. Though Fett only had a few minutes of screentime in the original trilogy, he became a beloved Star Wars antihero. We were treated to more of his origins and life after the death of Jango Fett in The Clone Wars and saw his shocking resurrection in The Mandalorian.
The notorious bounty hunter — and, most likely, his ship — will return when The Book of Boba Fett arrives on Disney+ in December.