Over the past few weeks, few topics have been as popular in the Star Wars fan community as the possible renaming of Boba Fett’s starship, which has long been known as Slave I.
Astute fans first noticed something was up with the Star Wars ship — which originally belonged to the iconic bounty hunter’s “father”, Clone Army of the Republic template Jango Fett — when an upcoming LEGO set was generically called “Boba Fett’s Starship” instead of “Slave I”.
Then, in the ongoing War of the Bounty Hunters canon comic book series, Star Wars seemingly revealed the new name of the ship — Firespray. The name appeared in a list of bounty hunters and their ships, leading most fans to believe Firespray is, in fact the name Lucasfilm decided on for the starship — and most of them weren’t happy about it. The list reads:
The hunt for Han Solo [in War of the Bounty Hunters] 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
Now, however, the saga continues, and it turns out Lucasfilm may not be renaming one of the most famous ships in the Star Wars franchise, or, at the very least, not calling it Firespray.
It’s important to note that the Fett family’s ship has always been a Firespray-31-class patrol and attack vessel, so now, it seems that “Firespray” may just be a placeholder for whatever Slave I’s new name actually ends up being — if it is even renamed at all.
iO9 attempted to contact Lucasfilm regarding the possibly major change to the existing Star Wars canon and shared:
That [the fact that Slave I is a Firespay-class ship] might offer an explanation as to why it’s referred to in Marvel’s solicitations as such, but as to whether or not it’s the new “official” name for Slave 1, Lucasfilm is remaining publicly silent. A request for comment by io9 about the confusion over Villanelli’s covers made to Lucasfilm has gone unanswered, as did previous requests for comments regarding Lego’s claims of an alleged mandate. We’ll update this post if we hear back from the studio, but for now, Boba Fett’s ship probably doesn’t have a new title in the galaxy far, far away, just yet.
Slave I first appeared in the Star Wars franchise in George Lucas’s original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Fett tracks Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and their cohorts to Bespin’s Cloud City with Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones).