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In case you missed the news yesterday, Disney has changed the name of Boba Fett's ship. Though the ship's name wasn't mentioned in the original films, Slave 1 was the name that would appear on the toy sets from LEGO and in further Star Wars lore. But now LEGO and Disney have removed the name in the latest set celebrating Boba Fett, calling it instead "Boba Fett's Starship", and fans aren't happy.
Yesterday we reported on how annoyed some die-hard fans are at the change Disney has made. Many are determined to continue calling the ship Slave 1, no matter what the entertainment company says - and inevitably, there is now a petition to try and keep the original name. The Change.org campaign, spotted by Comicbook, has been signed by almost 2,000 people at the time of writing this article and hopes to catch the attention of Disney.
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The petition reads: "Recently it has been revealed by jedinews.com that the iconic space-ship that Boba flies around in Star Wars will no longer be using the name 'Slave-1' for unknown reasons. Disney has requested all companies including Legos (sic) and Topps trading cards to stop using the name. We want you to sign this petition showing that you still want the name to be the Slave-1 not and 'Boba's Star Ship'."
The change is likely due to Boba Fett's revival in the Star Wars universe, as the character will feature in the forthcoming The Book of Boba Fett having already reappeared in The Mandalorian. According to LEGO Star Wars design director Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, "Everybody is [dropping Slave 1]. It's probably not something which has been announced publicly but it is just something that Disney doesn't want to use anymore."
It's unlikely that Disney will do anything to reinstate the original name of the starship as it has been trying to rid itself of links to racism or bigotry, even its old cartoons. Older films like Peter Pan, Dumbo and Aristocats are no longer available on the children's version of Disney+, though they continue to be watchable on adult accounts, as they contain what are today recognised as racist depictions of groups. The removal of Slave 1 from the Star Wars universe going forward is likely a similar move.
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