Even years after George Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney, new changes continue to be made to the original trilogy. The latest tweak? Boba Fett’s ship is apparently no longer called Slave 1.
Star Wars fans noticed the change thanks to the announcement of a new Mandalorian-themed LEGO set featuring the iconic vehicle. Rather than calling it Slave 1, the set is simply named “Boba Fett’s Starship.”
Jedi News spoke with LEGO designers Jens Kronvold Frederiksen and Michael Lee Stockwell, who confirmed the change was requested directly by Disney.
“Everybody is,” said Frederiksen. “It’s probably not something which has been announced publicly but it is just something that Disney doesn’t want to use any more.”
Based on his comments, it would seem Disney is uncomfortable with the term “slave” being associated with one of the most popular Star Wars characters. Though Boba Fett has traditionally been portrayed as a villain in the franchise, his more heroic turn in The Mandalorian: Season 2 may have something to do with this change. We’ll have to see whether or not the ship’s name comes up in the spinoff series The Book of Boba Fett.
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It’s also worth remembering that this doesn’t necessarily mean the ship’s name has changed in the Star Wars universe. Disney could be keeping the Slave 1 title as part of the official canon, but will refrain from using the branding on any all-ages merchandise. That would be similar to Marvel’s approach to the X-Men villain Holocaust, who is normally renamed “Nemesis” whenever an action figure is released.
Nor would this be the first case of Disney removing a controversial Star Wars element from its merchandising empire. In 2015, we learned Disney was phasing out the use of the “Slave Leia” costume from Return of the Jedi.
Do you think Disney made the right call here? Do you have any ideas for a new permanent name for the Slave 1? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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