The LEGO Star Wars T-16 Skyhopper vs Bantha Microfighters (try saying that three times fast in a row) belong to the series 7 microfighters. The same series as Kylo Ren’s Shuttle belongs to. As this was quite a cool little build, I expect this to be twice as cool of course. But is it?
This is my first Tusken Raider and I really like how it looks. The head mold of the is one of the best I have ever seen and I wish LEGO had done this with Darth Maul as well. I still don’t know why Maul gets the weird crown piece while the Tusken Raider has the spikes already incorporated into the mold. Together with his detailed robes and the iconic staff he looks great!
I love the Skyhopper pilot. He has a really unique reddish-brown color. He has two faces but I like the one with the visor down best. And the helmet mold is amazing as well and includes the Skyhopper emblems on the sides. The chinstrap of the second face does peak from under the helmet at the back though, but other than that he’s pretty darn cool.
The Build & Features
The LEGO Star Wars T-16 Skyhopper and Bantha Microfighters are both very unique builds in their own way. We don’t get many brick-built animals as Microfighters so that already a big positive on the Bantha. Also, the color is different from most Microfighters. +2 for the Bantha! I love how it looks. The head is pretty much spot on for such a small model. Especially the horns are great! It also can move in almost any direction. The tail of the Bantha moves up and down and there is even a place for the Tusken Raider’s staff.
It does have a couple of flaws in my opinion. The gap between the head and the body is quite big. The size of the model is the reason though. If you tilt and turn the head you won’t notice it, but it’s there nonetheless. Also, the blue Technic connector between the head and the horns bothers me. LEGO still won’t make this piece in another color apparently. And lastly, I would’ve liked to see the Bantha be a tiny bit wider. This is of course a personal preference, but a plate or two extra would’ve been a better look I think.
I notice these are a lot of negatives on paper for a Microfighter, but the truth is, I don’t mind them too much. The overall aesthetic of the Bantha is awesome and different. And that’s what counts if you look at all other Microfighters.
The T-16 Skyhopper is very Star Wars grey with a hint of red. Which seems a theme in many many Star Wars LEGO sets. But other than that, this set is very distinguishable as well. It’s just such a different looking space ship design.
It has a great looking frontal gun (for bullseying those Womp Rats) and also two stud shooters which are pretty well incorporated into the build. It has wings that can go up when the craft is landed but since it’s not a very well-known ship I like to keep them down. I feel like it just looks better that way. The overall design of this little T16-Skyhopper is just really pleasing to me.
The LEGO Star Wars T-16 Skyhopper vs Bantha Microfighters set is a great Tatooine based set which is just different in almost every way compared to most other Microfighters. And that’s a good thing! I love the look of both Bantha and the Skyhopper. Beyond some of the tiny flaws, I feel like this is one of the best Microfighters sets out there.
The minifigures are excellent and the overall look and feel is great! A must-have for the Microfighters collectors out there.
- Look significantly different than other Microfighters
- Cool minifigures
- Two unique builds
- Lots of features for such a small set
- Bantha could’ve been even better
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