It's time for another bootleg brick set review here at Its-Not-Lego. This one is the Bela brand Star Wars T-16 Skyhopper which is a knock-off of the Lego set 75081. Recently, another bootleg brand called Lele has also cloned the T-16 Skyhopper with it's own set 79216. Instead of the Bela Space Fights series, Lele calls it's series Star Wart, hahaha.
The set consists of 246 brick pieces and two minifigures, a Skyhopper pilot (not sure if it's supposed to be Luke Skywalker) and a Tusken Raider. You also get a rat accessory which is supposed to be a womprat.
The Bela set came with six bags of parts, one instruction booklet and a sticker sheet.
Here's a look at the two minifigs. The Skyhopper pilot has a two sided head, the other face doesn't have a visor on it. I don't know why, but the Tusken raider looks more goofy then threatening.
Here's the base of the Skyhopper.
Building the giant wing.
Test fitting the wing onto the base of the skyhopper.
I was disappointed that there's not much of an engine on the back. I wonder if I should make up some kind of engine in the near future?
Adding the flaps over the cockpit.
Front gun attached.
Wings added with spring loaded shooters.
The skyhopper pilot inside the cockpit.
When you lift up the flap you can access the cockpit and the storage box in the rear of the vehicle.
Front view of the T-16 Skyhopper.
Rear view of the Skyhopper.
Last thoughts: The Bela bootleg of the T-16 Skyhopper is an exact copy of the Lego version. Brick clutch was excellent but the glass panels were scratched. Normally this is more of an issue with Lepin sets than Bela. The minifigs had good printing but I don't know if I like the Tusken raider figure that much. Of the 246 pieces, I didn't encounter any missing or deformed bricks, but I didn't get any extra pieces either. The spring loaded shooters were good and didn't fire off by themselves.
As far as the design of the ship, I wish it had a bigger engine and it's hard to hold onto making it less swooshable. Now that the Lego T-16 Skyhopper set is retired, it sells for about $45-50 USD on Amazon. The Bela bootleg sells for about $17 USD on Aliexpress, but I got mine on sale for about $10 USD. Thanks for looking!
Model: 10372 Star Wars T-16 Skyhopper
Number of pieces: 246