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[star wars live photo]Star Wars: Will Boba Fett’s Slave I Get a New Name?

Tag:   2021-10-07 04:42:16

  LEGO Star Wars: Boba Fett's Starship/Slave ILEGO

  That question is more layered than it seems. While the Slave I is an iconic vehicle in the Star Wars franchise, its name has never been uttered onscreen—at least for its prominent live-action appearances, anyway. Indeed, we first saw it in all its sleek, toy-spawning glory in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, in which Boba is seen instructing Cloud City personnel to load the Carbonite-frozen Han Solo into his ship’s cargo hold.

  However, the ship was more prominently showcased in 2002 prequel Attack of the Clones, in which it was piloted by Boba’s genetic template father, Jango Fett, who used its cannons to try and blast Obi-Wan Kenobi off a rain-soaked landing pad of the Kamino cloning facility, and subsequently flew it in an exciting asteroid field dogfight against the Jedi’s starfighter.

  Notably, after Boba recently reemerged on television series The Mandalorian—mostly unscathed from his Return of the Jedi Sarlacc experience—the moment in which the Slave I showed up onscreen was met with raucous delight by the fandom. Despite all of that, the ship has never had a “You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?” type expositional movie moment that canonically solidified its name.

  The ship itself is a Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft, a stolen and repurposed patrol ship from prison moon Oovo 4, manufactured on the planet Kuat. Yet, akin to the stoic Boba himself, the Slave I’s unconventionally ominous, prawn-shaped aesthetics managed to become the stuff of Star Wars legends even before its capabilities were first demonstrated onscreen in Attack of the Clones, notably with the devastating seismic charges used against Obi-Wan’s pursuing ship, a weapon that would see successful use on The Mandalorian.

  The name Slave I was never really given a full explanation in any iteration of the canon, and just seemed generally evocative of Boba’s status as an amoral space pirate of sorts. Thus, the essence of the ship itself—and the 40+ years’ worth of legend it spawned in live-action offerings and on Star Wars: The Clone Wars—is not intrinsically attached to the now-nixed name. However, “Boba Fett’s Starship” is clearly not a feasible thing to call such a celebrated vessel, especially as it is set to enjoy what will likely become its most prominent presence yet on The Book of Boba Fett.

  Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett


  By John Saavedra

  Jeremy Bulloch as Boba Fett in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi


  By Joseph Baxter

  Accordingly, the LEGO set is likely brandishing a placeholder title so as to not spoil upcoming plans. Naturally, the name-nixing has already perturbed purists, since angry reactions (and angry push-backs to those reactions) to alterations—often to things considered sacrosanct by the fandom—in response to changing social or political tides is par for the course of the contemporary news cycle. (Angry or not, it does look like a pretty cool set).