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The Star Wars franchise has seen a number of changes over the past several years, which has led to somewhat mixed responses from the fanbase. Earlier this year, another change was seemingly revealed, as LEGO appeared to rename Boba Fett’s fan-favorite starship, Slave I. At the time, its new moniker simply seemed to be “Boba Fett’s Starship” but, now, it looks like the ship has a formal alternate name. And believe it or not, it actually makes sense.
At present, the Boba Fett-centric “War of the Bounty Hunters” crossover event is unfolding within the Star Wars comics. A recent press release (via IGN) for one of the event’s upcoming titles seemed to confirm that Slave I has been renamed Firespray. The name may seem like a bit of an odd choice but, given what’s known about the classic space vehicle, the name title is understandable.
Slave I’s actual model classification is Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft, so the assumed new name actually fits the bill well. Now, some may assume that this upcoming title is actually referring to that classification and not a new name for the ship. However, given that the other bounty hunters, like Boba Fett, are listed alongside the names of their ships in the release, there’s a firm chance that Firespray is indeed the new name.
Disney and Lucasfilm’s decision to change the name more than likely stems from a desire to remove the term “slave.” When news broke earlier this summer that the companies were seemingly making the change, it elicited backlash from some fans. Even Mark Anthony Austin, who played Boba Fett in the special edition version of Star Wars: A New Hope, issued some blunt thoughts on the change.
Given the press release, one would assume that “War of the Bounty Hunters” will mark the first time the name Firespray is formally used. Having been reading the series myself, I’ve yet to hear the ship referred to that way but, with plenty of installments in the crossover event to go, there’s still time for that name-drop.
One also has to wonder if the name will be integrated into The Book of Boba Fett. The Mandalorian, the show’s parent series, refrained from mentioning the ship’s name, but the spinoff would be a prime place to formally introduce it. The show is set to premiere later this year on Disney+, which you can sign up for using this link.
It’s honestly going to take some time to get used to the new name and, while many fans are sure to take issue with it, many are sure to be fine with it. After all, at the end of the day, the ship itself isn’t going through any changes.
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