Disney and Lucasfilm has seemingly changed the name of Boba Fett’s iconic spaceship Slave I to Firespray, likely because of current year concerns over racial sensitivity.
The move away from the “Slave I” moniker was first noticed by LEGO Star Wars toy collectors a few months ago. A LEGO employee said that Disney had asked them to stop referring to Boba Fett’s ship as “Slave I,” and instead opted for the generic “Boba Fett’s Starship” for an upcoming playset.
Since then, Star Wars fans have debated whether or not Disney and Lucasfilm was right in changing the name of the ship to suit current year sensibilities, or if this was a massive overreaction.
Despite some media outlets telling Star Wars fans to “calm the Eff down,” it would appear that Boba Fett’s ship has been renamed again, per a new comic book series called War of the Bounty Hunters.
From Star Wars fan site The Sandcrawler Blog…
The LEGO box reads, “Boba Fett’s Starship” but thanks to the Star Wars comic series, we have been given a new, better name. His starship will now be known as “Firespray.”
Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters is a comic series that focuses on the race to capture Han Solo for Jabba the Hutt. The series focuses on the best bounty hunters that money can buy, and Boba Fett is, of course, one of them. The comic series will feature each Bounty Hunter on the cover with their iconic ships, and in the recent press release for Villanelli’s variant covers had revealed that:
‘The War of the Bounty Hunters continues to explode across the galaxy this September! The action-packed crossover is currently unfolding across all of Marvel’s ongoing Star Wars titles as well as a main WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS limited series and character-focused one-shots. The hunt for Han Solo has brought out the underworld’s most dangerous hunters and acclaimed Star Wars artist Paolo Villanelli’s new BOUNTY HUNTER SHIP BLUEPRINT VARIANT COVERS dynamically depicts them alongside their legendary ships. Fans can see the following characters and vehicles on variant covers throughout September:
- Bossk and The Hound’s Tooth
- Boba Fett and Firespray
- IG-88 and IG-2000
- Zuckuss and The Mist Hunter
- Valance Beilert and The Broken Wing
- Dengar and The Punishing One’
The writer notes that the name wasn’t pulled out of thin air, but rather a nod to the class of Starship Boba Fett is piloting — a Firespray-31.
Yes, Fett pilots what is effectively an outer space police cruiser called “Slave I.”
Did you really think Disney was going to leave that one alone when they’re going out of their way to show how diverse and inclusive they are in 2021?
Whether or not the “Firespray” moniker is truly permeant or yet another placeholder remains to be seen. It’s possible Disney will drop a more permeant name in The Book of Boba Fett series on Disney Plus, or just never refer to the name of the ship onscreen and let fans use their own headcanon.
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