Forty one years after it’s debut, Disney has asked for the iconic spacecraft of bounty hunter Boba Fett known as SLAVE I™ to be renamed to the very creative moniker Boba Fett’s Starship™ in all future products and stories. LEGO Star Wars Design Director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen said at Fan Media Days last month, ““It’s probably not something which has been announced publicly, but it is just something that Disney doesn’t want to use any more.”
The original LEGO version of the ship was also called Slave I, and it is still listed as such on their website. The release of the new set coincides with the premiere of The Book of Boba Fett, a new spinoff series based on the hugely popular Disney+ program The Mandalorian. “Everybody is,” Frederiksen responded when asked about deleting the Slave I designation from the ship by a Brickset.com contributor. It’s probably not anything that’s been made public, but it’s just something that Disney no longer wants to use.” What is the significance of the ship’s renaming? We can only speculate what Disney’s answer will be in the absence of an official statement.
The new 478-piece LEGO Star Wars “Boba Fett’s Starship” will reportedly be available on August 1st, with mini figures of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian.
Was there a Disney employee who was offended by the term “slave”? Is it possible that they are unaware that slaves exist in the Star Wars universe because it might be worth the time to let them know Anakin Skywalker and Princess Leia were both slaves at one point in their lives. In fact, last May, toymaker Hasbro also changed the name of their “Slave Leia” figure to “Huttslayer” after an online campaign was launched.
This seems like just another attempt to demonstrate just how Woke™ the corporation is. In fact, Disney has made some questionable decisions in recent years. Because of perceived racial stereotypes, older Disney movies such as Dumbo, Peter Pan, Swiss Family Robinson, and The Aristocats on Disney+ streaming service cannot be viewed while using the “Kids Profile” mode, which filters out titles flagged with content warnings — including scenes now deemed racist. And at Disney World and Disneyland, some rides have been renamed. As we’ve also reported on, actress Gina Carano was also unceremoniously dismissed from The Mandalorian, apparently due to a tweet comparing modern cancel culture to Nazi Germany and her support of Donald Trump.
Mark Anthony Austin, the actor who portrayed the Boba Fett character in the special edition of Star Wars: A New Hope, , criticized the company for renaming the ship for new LEGO toys.
My ship will forever be Slave1.
Nothing. Not even #disney can or will change that.
This is the way. pic.twitter.com/Qt99Yo8dEz
— Mark Anthony Austin (@BobaFettANHSE) June 28, 2021
With the name change of Boba Fett’s Slave I, Disney only continues its pattern of whitewashing anything that could offend people who can’t bear the truths of the past. And while I honestly have no idea where the name “Slave I” originated, I really don’t care. Should the term “slave” be so forbidden that it results in renaming crafts, locations, or terms? Is it really possible that someone working at Disney or Lucasfilm honestly believes the word “slave” promotes or praises slavery in this context?
What a clownshow.