Gankona is Japanese for “stubborn” or “headstrong.” It’s also the name of this ship, and we’re sure it took a little stubbornness on the part of the Jorstad Designs team to complete it. Inspired by the work of concept artist Ansel Hsiao, this Teroch-class Mandalorian Cruiser took more than two years and 17,000 bricks to see completion. With its gorgeous dark blue and orange highlights, this Knights of the Old Republic-era starship is light years ahead of the craft we’re used to seeing modern Mandalorians piloting.
In Star Wars lore, the Teroch-type ships take their name from a Mando’a word meaning “pitiless,” and from the front angle you can see that the Gankona earns the name. Nine forward facing turrets make this ship ideal for frontal assaults. You can also get a sense here of how thin the ship’s forward profile is. This makes it especially hard to target as it’s advancing on the enemy.
Moving in closer on the side, we get a look at the craft’s brick-built name and have a chance to take in the fantastic greebling work. We can also take a peek at the custom UCS-style info plate attached to the ship’s base.
From the rear angle, we begin to realize that this is a starship that looks like a star. There’s some incredible angling at work throughout this ship, and in the engines specifically. But it’s made even more impressive by the fact that the angles are concealing functional lights, activated with a Power Functions remote control.
The Gankora is hiding plenty of surprises inside, too. The ship opens to reveal a bi-level interior. This removable troop deployment section can drop 14 Mandalorian soldiers into the field.
The craft also contains crew quarters, an armory, and a brig with two cells to hold prisoners. (These Mandalorians are obviously not part of Din Djarin’s sect. His people can’t see each other with their helmets off, much less showering with their rubber duckies.)
The bridge has a captain’s chair in the center, surrounded by four separate control stations.
And the very tip of the craft’s nose contains a bay housing three speeder bikes.
If you’re up to attempt this build for yourself, Jorstad Designs is offering up instructions. But if you’re a little less headstrong, you can browse our Star Wars archives for some smaller ships to inspire you.