New insight into origins of the Slave 1 name shared by "Bounty Hunters" Creative Director
Updated: Aug 22
It's fascinating what kind of a change to cannon will upset a fanbase. Over the last few months, fans have grown more outspoken about a recent change to Jango and Boba Fett's ship, Slave 1. It began with LEGO redistributing its most recent version of the ship build as "Boba Fett's Starship." Now fans are learning Boba Fett's ship will now be called Firespray.
Fan's learned of the Slave 1's name change to Firespray thanks to a press release showcasing Paolo Villanelli's Bounty Hunter Ship Bluepring variant covers for the ongoing War of the Bounty Hunters comic event. In the list that shares which bounty hunters were chosen, Boba Fett and Firespray, are listed.
Fans may not like it but this creates a greater level of consistency with the other bounty hunters provided.
Bossk and The Hound’s Tooth
Boba Fett and Firespray
IG-88 and IG-2000
Zuckuss and The Mist Hunter
Valance Beilert and The Broken Wing
Dengar and The Punishing One
But of all the names they could have possible attributed to this ship, The Firespray makes the most sense because that is the actual model of the ship. The formerly known as Slave 1 is a modified Firespray-31-class patrol and attack craft used by the infamous Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett before the Clone Wars and later his son, Boba Fett.
The ship in its original form was produced by a subsidiary company of Kuat Drive Yards, based on the planet Kuat. According to the 2002 Bounty Hunters game, only six of these ships were produced, and all six Firespray prototypes were made for patrols at the Oovo IV prison in the game. Jango Fett actually steals the ship in the game and uses this Slave 1 to destroy the other five ships to ensure his escape. This also provides why fans don't see this ship used by any other character in the saga.
* FUN FACT: Did you know you can find a crashed Slave 1 on Takodana in Battlefront 2?
Beyond The Blast Doors got an additional explanation into the ship's origins from Creative Director of Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, Jon Knoles.
To be fair, that detail would have been fantastic in the game but knowing how Disney treated canon prior to the buy out, it wouldn't change much here. But I think the sentiment a lot of fans can appreciate is that not everything has to be explained. Sometimes the comic is guilty of referencing something minute for that canon connection. A different example of this is the "From a Certain Point of View," books that have been released for A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back 40th anniversaries. End rant.
FOR MORE WITH JON KNOLES: Check out episode 97 of Beyond The Blast Doors live where the LucasArts veteran and video game pioneer shared incredible insight into his thrilling career.
As far as what's next, The Firespray will make it's debut in the comics in September. It's unclear if that name will follow to The Book of Boba Fett on Disney+. It's a safe assumption but in the episodes in season two of The Mandalorian, there is no direct reference to the ship's name.