Words by: Catherine Lewis
Back in June, Star Wars fans were left a bit confused after the release of a new Lego set of Boba Fett's ship, the Slave I. Except, it wasn't the Slave I - the name emblazoned on the front of the box was a very generic "Boba Fett's Starship". Sure, it's not exactly wrong, but where did the iconic ship's name go, which had been present on all its previous Lego sets? Speculation began circulating about the name being dropped, and sure enough, when the Lego Star Wars team was asked, they confirmed that: "It's probably not something which has been announced publicly, but it is just something that Disney doesn't want to use any more."
Now, thanks to a new Marvel comics crossover series, Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters, we've got a new official name that isn't just Boba Fett's Starship. In a preview of the series, six different covers were showcased, each showing one of the bounty hunters from the series, next to their so-called "vehicle of war". The preview went on to list each of the characters and vehicles fans would be seeing in September, which included "Boba Fett and Firespray".
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So, Firespray, huh? It's not actually a totally new name for the ship - it seems that inspiration has been taken from the ship's model classification, as a Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft. It's worth noting here that the other listed vehicles didn't have their model classifications referred to - others included "Bossk and The Hound's Tooth" and "Zuckuss and The Mist Hunter", so there's no doubt that "Firespray" is being used here as the ship's name.
The change was most likely made to step away from any negative associations with the term "slave", but naturally, it's going to cause division amongst fans. Mark Anthony Austin, the actor who played Boba Fett in the 1997 Special Edition of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, expressed his distaste at the change on Twitter: "My ship will forever be Slave1. Nothing. Not even #disney can or will change that."