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“Star Wars” fans are – once again – outraged by the decision to remove the name “Slave-1” from one of their iconic space cruisers.
Disney quietly dropped the nickname – which some fans consider canonical for the franchise – from the ship owned by intergalactic bounty hunter Boba Fett.
The change came to light with LEGO’s latest “Star Wars” build, a 478-piece set to create Boba Fett’s “spaceship,” as it is now called.
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“We no longer call it ‘Slave I’,” said Michael Lee Stockwell, lead designer of LEGO Star Wars, reported Jedi News. “Everyone is [dropping the name]“He added, apparently referring to the Disney studios.
“It’s probably not something that was publicly announced, but it’s just something Disney doesn’t want to use anymore,” explained Stockwell.
For its part, Disney has not yet officially confirmed the change and has not given a reason for the replacement. Lucasfilm Ltd. representative and Disney did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Post.
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However, according to the Daily Mail, the company has held regular meetings with various stakeholders to seek their help flagging potentially offensive content on Disney +, its streaming service launched in 2019.
Meanwhile, an earlier version of the same toy with the ship name “Slave-1” is currently being sold in stores like Amazon.
Over-zealous “Star Wars” fans are notorious for causing a stink from overhauls and updates to their beloved brand. In this case, even former stars of the films – namely Mark Anthony Austin, who played Boba Fett in “Star Wars: A New Hope” in 1977 – express their annoyance.
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“My ship will forever be Slave1,” Austin wrote on Twitter. “Nothing. #Disney can’t and won’t change anything about that.”
“That’s the way,” he added in a tweet that has been supported by 4,500 users on the platform to date.
Shown hugging a model of the ship, Austin also said, “You will always be a slave to me!” followed by five red heart emojis.
This story first appeared in the New York Post.