Who knew renaming a starship would cause so much controversy? Okay, well, this is the Star Wars fandom we’re talking about, I suppose. If we’re being honest, we probably all knew changing the name of Slave-I was going to cause an uproar. We first learned that the iconic ship Boba Fett flew would no longer carry its long-held designation from a recent LEGO release. The packaging simple refers to the vehicle as “Boba Fett’s Starship.” A recent War of the Bounty Hunters comic book variant cover, however, seems to suggest the ship is now called the “Firespray.” But… and there’s always a “but” when it comes to this kind of controversy. Perhaps that’s not the new name for the Slave-I, after all.
War of the Bounty Hunters is the new limited series from Marvel Comics. It tells the story of what happens with Boba Fett and the frozen Han Solo between the time Fett leaves Cloud City (in Slave-I) and he delivers Solo to Jabba the Hutt. The variant covers for the series show the hunters and their ships. One such cover depicts “Boba Fett and Firespray.” So that’s the new name, right? Well, maybe not so fast….
Boba Fett, Slave-I, and Firespray: what’s in a name?
As with any bit of Star Wars news, take everything with a grain of salt until Lucasfilm makes an official announcement. And when it comes to renaming the Slave-I? Guess what; there’s been no official announcement. The ship once flown by Jango Fett is, however, a Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft. Canon has long established that fact. Much like the Razor Crest in The Mandalorian is a Razor Crest-class gunship, the ship of Boba Fett is a Firespray-class vehicle. So does that mean that Fett, Like Din Djarin, is simply referring to his ship by its class designation?
Fellow news site Gizmodo reached out to Lucasfilm regarding the subject. Not unsurprisingly, there’s been no answer. So is Boba Fett’s ship still the Slave-I? Or is it the/a/just Firespray? For now, we’re left to wonder. Perhaps we’ll find out for sure when The Book of Boba Fett hits Disney+ this December.