The Millenium Falcon, The X-Wing, The Tie-Fighter, and Slave I. These are the top tier fighters in the Star Wars universe. One of them has a less then desirable name. Boba’s ship, which was as unique in design as the Mandalorian armor he is clad in, was a big part of his mystique. From the quick shots of him leaving Bespin to the closer look we got in the prequels, all the way up to it becoming the hero ship of The Mandalorian the bad ass starship formerly known as Slave I just oozed awesomeness. Needless to say with such a famous and recognizable name fans were a bit confused at the recent LEGO Con last weekend when a set featuring Boba’s ride was labeled simply “Boba Fett’s Starship”. When asked by Jedi News about the re-branding LEGO Star Wars Design Director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen had the following to say:
“Everybody is [dropping it]. It’s probably not something which has been announced publicly but it is just something that Disney doesn’t want to use anymore.”
Truth be told, the only thing that surprises me about this is that; A. It took so long, and B. The change was done with no planning. “Slave Leia” hasn’t been a term thrown around for a few years, so of course when Boba’s back in heavy rotation they’ll use a less offensive term for their anti-hero’s main conveyance. It’s just shocking to me that the best they could come up with was a place holder name. Boba’s Fett’s Starship? Really? They have to know that some of ships of this franchise are as much a character as, well, the characters. It’s not like it would be tough either, Bounty I, Freedom I, P*ssy Wagon….all would have been more acceptable then Boba Fett’s Starship.
Am I nitpicking? Yes….I’m a Star Wars Fanboy, that’s what we do.