Primarily used to transport people and cargo across hundreds of worlds, the Bantha II cargo skiff (also called the Desert Skiff) are known for the rugged dependability, their size and fuel efficiency, or maybe not because they use repulsorlifts to move. Criminal groups also used it, because of the retractable plank it offered and ability to convey people to their doom.
The Desert Skiff itself is a nice, roomy vehicle. Able to hold nine minifigures comfortably, this is a good vehicle for transporting people to a Rebel raid on an Imperial outpost or simply to drive down to the local marketplace. The driver sits in the back, the command hold mimicking the real driver’s seat, which has the driver standing behind the controls at the back of the skiff. These skiffs can also be modified to carry heavy laser cannons, though this skiff doesn’t come with one. The control vanes allow the pilot to determine how fast they want to go, and also serve to stabilize the craft while it flies along the landscape. Costing much less than flashy speeders or larger cargo trucks, the Bantha II skiffs were often seen on poorer and under-developed worlds.
This skiff matches the movie skiff exactly. The control vanes move exactly as in the movie to help stabilize the craft, the rail position and nose shape and the control station fit the skiff. Even the darker brown fits the movie skiffs, and leaving it on a dusty shelf for a few years will give it that sand covered look. The plank that Luke will be made to walk off even comes out on the side of the vehicle. However, the plank is not retractable and can only be moved with significant deconstruction to the vehicle.
Luke Skywalker is wearing the black jumpsuit that he walked into Jabba’s place with, though in the movie he didn’t have his lightsaber with him on the skiff. His brown hair styled in the classic desert windblown and has a smile on his face. Carrying his hand-built green lightsaber to replace the one he lost at Bespin, this Jedi is ready to take on Jabba the Hutt and his henchmen.
Han Solo, just over his hibernation sickness, has his sight back. Holding the vibro-pike he used to rescue Lando, the man is armed and dangerous. Wearing his stained spacer shirt and brown trousers, our hero is ready to go anywhere and do anything. The minifigures use the yellow skin tone, having been released before the changeover to flesh colored skin.
A 53 piece set, this is a smaller build, but that doesn’t mean its any less worth getting or has any less playability value. The set only includes the two minifigures and the skiff, but it fits well with any other land-based vehicles to make even better fights! Recommended for builders 6 to 10, this set is well within the reach of younger builders as it has very few moving parts. This set can also help build their confidence in their skills, making it well worth it.
Will Luke and Han be able to escape the Sarlacc at the Great Pit of Carkoon, or will they be caught in the explosion from the Hutt’s Sail Barge? Only you can decide, but may the Force be with you!
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