Like fantasy books when it comes to swords, Star Wars gives names to its iconic starships like Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon. However, it looks like one ship is going to be losing its mantle—at least when it comes to marketing. Boba Fett’s ship, the Slave I, is getting renamed.
A reveal of a new Mandalorian LEGO set has gotten fans asking why it was just branded Boba Fett’s Starship and not the Slave I. As it turns out Disney has decided to stop using the name. As per LEGO Star Wars design director Jen Kronvold Frederkisen (via BrickFanatics), “It’s probably not something which has been announced publicly but it is just something that Disney doesn’t want to use anymore.”
Disney have asked for the Slave I to be renamed to Boba Fett’s Starship. LEGO Star Wars Design Director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen said at Fan Media Days last month, "It is just something that Disney doesn’t want to use any more." What do you think of the… https://t.co/ErDxtDaKD5 pic.twitter.com/Hy5BqH8viy
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While a lot of fans have been getting angry at ‘woke Disney’ removing the name of one of the franchise’s most iconic ships; I kind of see what they were getting at. I don’t think a lot of black parents (or parents of black children) would want to give their kids a toy called the ‘Slave I.’ While this is a controversy now, Robot Chicken had already pointed out how offensive the name was years ago in this small bit involving Lando and Boba:
Though the Slave I may have lost its name in marketing, I think it could pretty much keep its title in the expanded universe material. If anything, some people think this means a future rebranding, maybe with Boba giving his ship to Din Djarin in the Mandalorian Season 3. Hopefully we get more info when The Book of Boba Fett comes out this winter season.