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Gunship of the Valley of the Wind

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Awesome! I've never seen

Awesome! I've never seen many toys or collectables for Miyazaki films. We've got Figmas and Revoltechs 'n others like that, and yet NO figures from stuff like Valley of the Wind or Princess Mononoke. Stuff like this is awesome too! I especially love the ships in his movies, and this one really strikes a chord. I too was introduced to this movie through the horrible original dub, which of course wasn't horrible back in the day (and I even still love certain parts, like Lord Yupa's line of "Now that you've had time to think about it, do you surrender?" that I really wish they left in the new dub).

Anyway, I'd love to pick this up someday. Thanks for the reivew!

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Posted by Alexx on 23 May, 2011 - 22:02
Man, I really like this piece

Man, I really like this piece but I'm bummed that it doesn't come with a pilot. I just don't like vehicles like this without someone behind the wheel. And I'm with Alexx, why don't they make more Ghibli toys? Just model kits. I was so hoping they'd make an awesome diecast Howl's Castle or one of the tanks from Nausicaa. Mabye Miyazaki doesn't like toys.

Great review. I hadn't realized how awesome the wings were.

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Posted by Novacaine31 on 23 May, 2011 - 23:06
Formania love

Hey Josh, congrats on getting this toy! I have it and it is brilliant. I also have the two Gundam busts from Formania and they are equally impressive. The detailing is just out of this world.

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Posted by Mecha Zone on 24 May, 2011 - 09:19
Yeah the wing design on that

Yeah the wing design on that ship is amazing. Really nice design, great review Josh.

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Posted by NEOGETTER on 24 May, 2011 - 10:05
Nausicaa

Funny I saw this for the first time yesterday and then a few hours later you post this review!

I also find it odd that they changed the design on the Gunship,especially the fact that the engine is underneath the fuselage as opposed to being in the wing like the anime and manga. Regardless it still has that Miyazaki touch so this design works great as well.

I seem to be the only person around here that does Miyazaki/Ghibli reviews, I actually have the Tasca 1/72 Daydream Notes Akayaku Pig Tank on my model bench right now, although I had stopped due to not having any extra cash at the time to buy all the Andres paints I needed to pain the pigs. Also I never bulit a tank model kit before so I'm having a fellow member of the IPMS club I participate in to give me some pointers in painting it. I own the Bandai reissue of the Gunship model kit and after the Akayaku I plan to build it for CDX.

I don't think that Warriors of the Wind dub is especially terrible, I enjoyed it as a kid and I think they did very well with it, I give the company major points by producing an English dub of an obscure Japanese film and director to most Americans. To most of us WOTW and Cliff Hanger was our first exposure to Miyazaki and this was even BEFORE Laputa came out, which I remember watching it when it was a new film.

Also, Laputa was the first Ghibli produced film. Ghibli was formed after the huge success of Nausicaa although it has since been inserted in the Ghibli's filmography.

Great review Josh!

LF

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Posted by Showapop on 24 May, 2011 - 11:43
 
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