Star Wars is a property that’s well loved around the world, and that comes with a lot of expectations from fans. So some are bound to have mixed responses when something within the franchise is changed and, unfortunately, that can sometimes lead to controversy. Recently, it was reported that the ship belonging to bounty hunter Boba Fett, which has been known as Slave I, would be referred to as “Boba Fett’s Starship” moving forward. Now, fans and a franchise star have responded to the change via social media.
The change first became apparent when a new LEGO set referred to the ship as “Boba Fett’s Starship.” During an interview with Jedi News, a LEGO Star Wars designer said the company was phasing out the name and claimed that Disney is also removing it from the franchise. Neither Disney nor Lucasfilm have confirmed this as of yet, but that didn’t stop commentators from airing their thoughts online. Mark Anthony Austin, who stood in as Boba Fett in the 1997 special edition version of Star Wars: A New Hope, called out Disney over the reported change through a series of tweets. One of his most recent Twitter posts seemed to solidify his sentiments:
So far, fans seem to have varied opinions on the matter. Some fans appear to agree with Mark Anthony Austin’s sentiments, as they believe Disney and Lucasfilm should not change that aspect of the lore:
It’s honestly understandable why fans are so close to the name, given how long it’s been associated with the starship. And most would agree that Boba Fett’s space vehicle of choice is one of the most iconic ships in the entire franchise. However, some fans have pointed out that the name of the ship doesn’t have much bearing on the actual stories being told:
The ship has rarely been referred to by name in any actual Star Wars media. Not only that, but one fan actually pointed out that this isn’t the first time it’s only been referred to as “Boba Fett’s Starship”:
However, there still seem to be some who are opting to use the original name. But one user isn’t doing this purely out of devotion to the franchise. Instead, their reasoning mostly has to do with convenience:
Of course, there are more than two sides to any debate, and one fan has another idea regarding what could be done with the ship. Needless to say, it’s a pretty explosive option:
I’m not quite sure how fans would feel about Boba Fett’s ship being destroyed altogether, but it’s certainly an interesting option. Even though it would be somewhat triggering after seeing the destruction of Din Djarin’s Razor Crest in The Mandalorian Season 2. That series can be streamed on Disney+, which you can sign up for using this link.
The debate will likely rage on and, hopefully, Disney and Lucasfilm will release a statement clarifying whether the change is indeed official. And with that, any alteration will likely carry into the upcoming Mandalorian spinoff, The Book of Boba Fett, which arrives on Disney+ this December.