The Mandalorian marked Boba Fett’s return to the Star Wars canon. When Boba Fett came back, he did so while searching for his property. The bounty hunter didn’t have his armor when he arrived at Tython, but he did have one thing- his ship.
His vessel announced his arrival instantly. From the moment Slave I cut through Tython skies, Star Wars, and more specifically, The Mandalorian lovers knew that Din Djarin was going to be up against someone formidable and powerful.
Basically, Boba Fett was finally back.
From the moment Fett came to The Mandalorian, we have seen a lot of the bounty hunter and his ship as well. There have been many amazing moments that have highlighted Boba Fett’s ship.
But the one moment that will live in fans’ hearts is the drop of seismic charge on the TIE Fighters. Now, Boba Fett has his own spin-off show that directly continues from The Mandalorian.
But we haven’t seen the ship show up in The Book of Boba Fett until now. However, a new trailer has teased a highly emotional moment that shows Fett finding his father, Jango’s ship.
So what fans enjoyed in The Mandalorian was just a teaser for what’s to come. As such, the makers of The Book of Boba Fett have created another thrilling flashback sequence with the gunship.
Now, Slave I’s return was much beloved. But it too had its fair share of controversy, and as you might have guessed, it was all due to its name. A while back, it was widely rumored that Boba Fett’s ship name was going to get changed.
This caused quite a lot of furor among Star Wars fans, who don’t want anything to get changed, even if it is just a ship name. However, there confirmed on whether Lucasfilm was going through the change. But, now Boba Fett actor Temuera Morrison has confirmed the change was made to the name of the vessel.
The Book of Boba Fett star Temuera Morrison recently sat down for an interview with The Wrap. There he talked about the show, and also confirmed that the name of the ship has indeed been changed from Slave I to Firespray gunship.
Here’s his quote on the matter:
“I think we call it the Firespray. I think I’ve mentioned it in a couple of episodes… it is a gunship now, that’s what we’re calling it. We’re calling it the Firespray gunship.”
You can check out the video below:
So, we now have confirmation that Slave I will from now on be called Firespray gunship. Also, it needs to be mentioned that Slave I was always a Firespray, technically that is.
This is because Firespray is the model of the vessel. It’s how Millenium Falcon is a YT-1300 model freighter. As such, the Slave I is just one of the many mass-produced ships in the line of the Firespray model.
Everything considered, Firespray is a pretty cool title. Maybe the ship doesn’t have a registered name anymore, and as such it’s referred to by its model. And it looks like a name that fans will accept as well.
We just think that if Boba had changed his ship’s name to say, Sand-I in honor of Tatooine, then more people would have been upset.
However, it needs to be said that the thing most confusing about the situation is how the entire narrative around it has been changed even though the result has been the same.
The entire issue with Slave I’s name change began when LEGO released the vehicle as “Boba Fett’s Starship” last fall. People thought it was strange, but upon asking, LEGO executives claimed that this decision was made just for marketing and product branding purposes as requested by Disney.
Later, various assurances were made that the name of the ship wouldn’t be changed and that it would stay the same in-universe. But of course, that’s not the case anymore.
However, fans who love the previous name of the vessel don’t need to be worried. After all, even though the name won’t be used from now on, Slave I will be a part of the canon.
This is because the name was taken from The Clone Wars, and it was written in various books and comics as well. Many people suspect that the name change was an attempt by Disney to distance themselves from the term “slave.”
This is very much like the removal of the Slave Leia merchandise. However, nothing has been proven or officially confirmed. We mentioned before that the name change upset previous fans since they have known the ship as Slave I for about 4 decades.
However, in the end, it’s just a ship name, and in the long run, even the most hardcore fans will be fine. You can check out Firespray in The Book of Boba Fett when it comes out with new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.
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