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Just about anyone can appreciate the timelessly beautiful design work of Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky Laputa, whether you’re a true-blue otaku, general animation fan, or genius/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist Tony Stark. But what if you’re already the proud owner of a voice-activated replica of the film’s magic pendant and a high-quality figurine of its ancient robot? What should be next on your Ghibli memorabilia shopping list?

How about this beautiful scale-recreation of its iconic Flaptter flying machine, with wings that actually move and attention to detail given to everything down to its control switches?

Sozo Galeria, the same company behind the robot figure we talked about above, has gone back to the Laputa well once again. This time, the company has crafted a compact duplicate of the insectoid contraptions that Pazu, Sheeta, and their air pirate companions fly through the clouds in on their search for the titular castle in the sky.

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As exquisite as it looks in still shots, it’s even cooler when the internal motors are activated and all four wings start flapping away.

In keeping with the aesthetics of the movie, the combination display stand/control panel is fashioned in steampunk style, with retro-looking prong switches and even a crank that you turn to start the wings.

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The toggle on the far right of the console is the main power switch, while the others are used to turn on the Flaptter’s headlights, instrument cluster, and nozzles mounted on the craft’s undercarriage.

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Preorders have started for the replica through the Premium Bandai website here, where it’s priced at 12,960 yen (US$104) with delivery scheduled for November.

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On the other hand, if you prefer the instant gratification that comes from paying cash and immediately receiving goods in exchange, it’ll eventually also be available at the Donguri Kyowakoku Ghibli specialty retail chain and the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, giving you one more thing to purchase when you stop by to pick up an invisible Totoro umbrella.

Sources: Premium Bandai, Narinari
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