Slave I

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Slave I in the Special Edition release of The Empire Strikes Back

Slave I is a spacecraft in the Star Wars universe. It first appears in the film 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]


Slave I is an antiquated Kuat Systems Engineering Firespray-interceptor-class ship; that was used by the Galactic Republic before it was stolen by Jango Fett.[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 Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to Bespin and then departs with a now carbonite-imprisoned Solo 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 Return of the Jedi; Fett later recovered the ship, flying the Slave II until its refit was complete.[4]


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.


  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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