The Star Wars franchise has undergone plenty of changes over the previous decade. These changes have elicited mixed fan and critical responses. Earlier this year, Lucasfilm revealed that they will be carrying out another change.
It seemed like LEGO has renamed Boba Fett’s fan-favorite ship, Slave I. At that time, the new moniker was “Boba Fett’s Starship.” But right now, it has been revealed that the ship has a new alternate formal name. And the name makes sense.
Currently, the Boba-Fett-centric “War of the Bounty Hunters” crossover event is going on in the Star Wars comics. A recent synopsis regarding the event’s forthcoming titles seems to confirm that Boba Fett’s ship will not be called Slave I anymore. Instead, it will now be known as Firespray.
The name may seem odd, but looking at the history of the classic space vehicle makes this name change understandable. Fans of the famous bounty hunter will know that the actual model name of Slave I is Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft.
As such, this reported new name actually does fit the bill pretty well. Now, some might say that this upcoming title refers to the classification and not the actual ship itself.
But since other bounty hunters like Boba Fett are listed with their ship names in the release, so there’s a good chance that Firespray is indeed the brand’s new name.
This decision to change the name of the ship by Disney and Lucasfilm likely stems from their need to remove the ‘Slave’ term. Now, if we know anything about Start Wars fans, then everyone could have guessed that they didn’t take the news very well. So there was some backlash.
Even Mark Anthony Austin, who portrayed Boba Fett in the Star Wars: A New Hope special edition version, had some sharp things to say about the change.
As per the press release, one can assume that “War of the Bounty Hunters” will mark the very first time that the name Firespray will be used as the name of the ship instead of Slave I.
So till now, the ship hasn’t been called Firespray, but there are still many instalments left to go. As such, there’s still time to get that name drop. But the question that everyone is asking is- how will this name change be incorporated in The Book of Boba Fett?
Many are also asking ‘if’ this name change will be done in the series at all. After all, The Mandalorian, which is the parent show, didn’t mention the name of the ship. However, the spinoff would be a great place to introduce the ship’s name formally.
The show will premiere on Disney+ later this year. It’s expected that we will get promo pics and more information about the show during Disney+ Day.
Overall, it’s fine if the show does adopt the new name. We are sure that over time, the fan backlash will die down, and people will accept the name fully. After all, it’s not like the ship itself is undergoing multiple changes.