Back in my Star Wars days, I was (as you may already know) pretty
much a Boba Fett nut. If it had something to do with Boba Fett, I wanted
it. I actually never expected LEGO to release a minifig of Boba Fett,
since he was a pretty minor character, but since then they've made tons.
When I first saw the original Slave 1 set, I almost fainted. I wanted
that Boba Fett minifig SO BAD! However, when I finally got the set, I
was pretty disappointed in the tiny, pitiful Slave 1 ship. So I quickly
set about improving it...
That first official Slave 1 set is shown in the above image, on
the right. On the left is my first improved version, based on the Slave
1's more accurate stats as detailed in the Essential Guide to Vehicles
and Vessels and the Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections book.
As you can see, it's FAR bigger. Trust me, Slave 1 is a big ship. I
was forced to use a makeshift windshield design since LEGO didn't have
any canopies big enough for the Slave 1 available at that time.
I included all of the hidden weapons as detailed in the
Cross-Sections book, in addition to the play features of the original
Slave 1. More detail on the weapons in the next section...
The next year, LEGO released a new Slave 1 for Jango Fett from Star
Wars: Episode II. This new model actually featured a ton of similarities
to my re-make of Boba Fett's! The biggest advantage LEGO had was that
they could make a new windshield part when they needed one. And it fit
almost perfectly onto my own model, as you can see above... coincidence?
I think not! :-P
Of all the hidden guns that I had on my original Slave 1 remake,
these were the only ones I added for the second edition. They are, as
you can see, stolen from LEGO's official Jango Fett model. Just for
movie canon accuracy... as if I care. I'd also like to thank LEGO for
finally making the parts needed to build guns that could rotate without
falling off... something not possible in my first edition.
Much later (in 2007), LEGO released their own re-made Slave 1, which was
pretty much a Boba Fett style re-paint of their earlier Jango Fett
model. I'll admit, the overall design of it is actually better than this
old custom of mine... but mine is a more solid build and has more extra
features (see below).
I admit, the nose is a little too thick and the dish should actually
be thicker, but overall, I was very pleased with it. More pics of my
improved Boba Fett minifig can be seen in the
Bounty Hunters section.
Prisoner/cargo storage bay located in the back/top.
A detailed analysis of all the hidden guns. Most of these are
accurate to the description in the Star Wars Cross-Sections book.
Flight mode! Fun fact: Did you know that the Slave 1's design was
originally based on a lamp atop a lamppost outside the Lucasfilm
building? Just imagine a lightbulb where the engines are located, and a
pole attached to the end of the nose...
The Slave 2 only exists in Star Wars EU. After Dengar rescued Boba
Fett after his escape from the Sarlacc Pit, Slave 1 was nowhere to be
found, so Fett was forced to buy a new ship: the Slave II. He would
later reacquire Slave I (a better, if older, starship) and resume flying
it instead. Both Slave I and Slave II are playable craft in the PC game
X-Wing Alliance, but they are the civilian versions, not Fett's
personalized ones, so they are far weaker than his customized