LEGO announced last weekend that it is releasing a building set based on the Star Wars vehicle Slave I. In the space opera franchise, Slave I is the starship piloted by bounty hunter Boba Fett. The soon-to-be-released LEGO set, however, is not called Slave I, and is simply referred to as “Boba Fett’s Starship.”
The LEGO designers that spearheaded the development of the set confirmed the name change and suggested that the ship’s Slave I designation will no longer be used across the Star Wars franchise, as Boba Fett stars in his own upcoming Disney+ series The Book of Boba Fett and makes appearances in future seasons of The Mandalorian and in the new animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch.
“We’re not calling it Slave I anymore. This is Boba Fett’s Starship,” LEGO Star Wars lead designer Michael Lee Stockwell said.
“Everybody is [dropping the Slave I name]. It’s probably not something which has been announced publicly but it is just something that Disney doesn’t want to use anymore,” added LEGO Star Wars design director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen.
Apparently, some Star Wars fans are not happy with the name change, prompting them to sign a Change.org petition calling for Disney to keep the original name of Boba Fett’s starship. Started by a fan named Cody Pirkle, the petition, as of this writing, has already collected over 1600 signatures.
“Recently it has been revealed by jedinews.com that the iconic space-ship that Boba flys around in Star Wars will no longer be using the name “Slave-1” for unknown reasons. Disney has requested all companies including Legos and Topps trading cards to stop using the name. We want you to sign this petition showing that you still want the name to be the Slave-1 not and ‘Boba’s Star Ship,’” read the description of the petition.
Mark Anthony Smith, the digital effects artist who stood in for Boba Fett during the creation of the Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition, also expressed his opposition to the name change. On Monday, Smith tweeted: “When applying for personalized plates for my car the DMV would not allow ‘Slave1.’ Okay I understand. Had to try. But I get it. This #disney idiocy however. Not buying it. Not conforming to the Mouse, no siree. Not gonna happen. When I was growing up I loved #disney. No more.”
Despite the name change being confirmed by the LEGO Star Wars designers, the official StarWars.com databank still refers to Boba Fett’s starship by the Slave I name.