Remember you played with your Kenner Star Wars Slave I game?
Yes, well, according to Disney, Boba Fett’s boat is no longer called that. At least it won’t be in the next LEGO sets.
Now it’s just “Boba Fett’s Star Ship.”
No, I’m not kidding.
Probably part of the continuity of Disney’s inclusion and diversity initiatives, the LEGO version of Boba Fett’s flagship ship will leave the nickname “Slave I” and instead be referred to by its new name. This at the request of Disney, according to the design director of LEGO Star Wars Jens Kronvold and LEGO Star Wars Lead Designer Michael Lee Stockwell.
Although Disney has not formally announced the internal name change, fans will notice the change to “Boba Fett’s Star Ship” in an upcoming LEGO game from The Mandalorian. This was approached casually during the LEGO Fan Media Days event last month.
Via Jedi News …
Jens: Then the next one, also from The Mandalorian, is Boba Fett’s spaceship.
Michael: Yes, I built another one. We no longer call it Slave I. This is Boba Fett’s spaceship.
James: Okay, why do we drop the name Slave I?
Jens: Everyone is. It’s probably not something that’s been publicly announced, but it’s something Disney doesn’t want to use anymore.
Below you can see the images from the box of the next release, which confirm that the name “Slave I” seems to no longer exist … at least in the LEGO Star Wars universe.
Last year, following the death of George Floyd, some in the technological world called for an end to the designations of “master” and “slave.”
It will be interesting to see if the name of slave I changes to the entire Star Wars canon or if it is just because this product is marketed to children.
If I had to guess, I would bet that this is a company-wide mandate given the current political climate at Lucasfilm, in particular.
With Boba Fett’s book coming to Disney Plus, maybe Lucasfilm can at least invent a plausible reason for a name change and give us something better than “Boba Fett’s Star?”
Now we’re just waiting to see how this goes with longtime Star Wars fans, some of whom have added thousands of dollars to Boba Fett and “Slave I” merchandise.
Grab some popcorn.
[Source: Jedi News, Hat Tip: CCG]
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