Slave I

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Slave I in the Special Edition release of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Slave I is a spacecraft in the Star Wars universe. It first appears in the film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back under the command of bounty hunter Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch), and then in the prequel film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones commanded by Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison). Slave I also appears in numerous Star Wars Expanded Universe books, comics, and video games; toys and models of the craft have been made by a variety of merchandising licensees.

Origin and design[edit]

The ship's design is said to resemble the shape of a street lamp.[1] However, the actual inspiration for the shape of the ship was a radar dish according to Nilo Rodis-Jamero, the assistant art director and visual effects creator on The Empire Strikes Back. Rodis-Jamero created the initial design after seeing Joe Johnston's ideas for Boba Fett and states that "the original design I had was round, but when you looked at it from the side, it became elliptical...George [Lucas] thought it was elliptical, so that's what it became." He goes on to say that "[w]hen building the ship at ILM, someone looked at the street lamps and pointed out that they looked like Boba's ship. So everyone began to think that was where I got the idea for the design."[2] Its appearance in the original release of The Empire Strikes Back was realized by a combination of matte paintings and a 69-centimeter model.[3]

Depiction[edit]

Slave I is an antiquated Kuat Systems Engineering Firespray-interceptor-class ship;[4] both Jango Fett and Boba Fett modified and upgraded the ship's engines, weapons, and defenses.[4]

Jango and his clone, Boba, escape Kamino aboard the Slave I in Attack of the Clones. However, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) tracks the ship to Geonosis, site of the film's climactic battle.

In The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett tracks and then departs Bespin with a now carbonite-imprisoned Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in his cargo hold.

The video game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter depicts Jango Fett's theft of Slave I.

In other material, the Rebel Alliance impounded the ship after Boba Fett's supposed death in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi; Fett later recovered the ship, flying the Slave II until its refit was complete.[4]

Merchandise[edit]

Kenner, Hasbro, Code 3 Collectibles, and Galoob have created Slave I toys and replicas.[5][6][7][8][9] Slave I is an unlockable and pilotable craft in LucasArts' Rogue Squadron flight simulators, and the ship is controllable in the Star Wars: Empire at War real-time strategy game. Decipher and Wizards of the Coast published several Slave I cards as part of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game and Star Wars Trading Card Game, respectively.[10][11] Lego created several models of Slave I, from both of the films it has appeared in.[12] Slave I is part of the second wave of Fantasy Flight Games' X-Wing Miniatures Game expansions and is, along with the Millennium Falcon, the first large ship available.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peterson, Lorne (2006). Sculpting A Galaxy - Inside the Star Wars Model Shop. Insight Editions. ISBN 1-933784-03-2. 
  2. ^ Bouzereau, Laurent (1997). Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-40981-7. 
  3. ^ "Slave I (Behind the Scenes)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  4. ^ a b c "Slave I (Expanded Universe)". Star Wars Databank. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  5. ^ "Boba Fett's Slave I". Star Wars Cargo Bay. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  6. ^ "Boba Fett / Slave I". Star Wars Cargo Bay. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  7. ^ "Boba Fett / Slave I". Star Wars Cargo Bay. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  8. ^ "#VI: Escort Frigate, Slave I, Twin-Pod Cloud Car (1995)". Star Wars Cargo Bay. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  9. ^ "#5: Slave I, Twin-Pod Cloud Car, TIE Bomber (1994)". Star Wars Cargo Bay. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  10. ^ "Star Wars Customizable Card Game Complete Card List" (PDF). Decipher, Inc. 2001-08-23. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 
  11. ^ "Slave 1 (F)". Star Wars Cargo Bay. Lucasfilm. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  12. ^ Lipkowitz, Daniel (2009). The LEGO Book. DK. p. 143. ISBN 978-0-7566-5623-2. 

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