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.
The ship's design is said to resemble the shape of a street lamp. 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." Its appearance in the original release of The Empire Strikes Back was realized by a combination of matte painting and a 69-centimeter model.
Slave I is an antiquated Kuat Systems Engineering Firespray-interceptor-class ship; both Jango Fett and Boba Fett modified and upgraded the ship's engines, weapons, and defenses.
The video game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter depicts Jango Fett's theft of Slave I.
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