The Bandai Gunpla Builders World Cup (GBWC) is a yearly contest held amongst modelers to show off their completed Gundam models. Top modelers from countries such as Japan, China, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Italy, N. America, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and Malaysia battle it out for the title of Gunpla World Cup Champion.
To determine the N. American Representative to this world competition, a number of conventions in the United States will hold regional model competitions in 2013. Each convention will have its own set of Semi-Finalists. From this pool of semi-finalists, one will be chosen to be the N. American Representative to take names and kick some butt against the world at the Bandai GunPla World Cup Finals later this year.
And A-Kon 25 is one place you can show your skills. Just follow the link Official Entry Form and rules and get to it. .
How is the semi-finalist chosen?
Contestants will bring up to 2 of their best completed model entries to the regional show and put them on display. The models will be judged on technical ability, painting, and presentation and the best entry will be selected as that show’s winner. There will be a winner for each of the following categories:
- Open Category: Age 15 and older
- Junior Category:Age 14 and younger (if sufficient number of entrants)
One entry will be designated Best of Show and will qualify that modeler to compete against other N. American Semi-finalists from other events later this year to determine the N. American representative.
How do I sign up?
Fill out the official contest entry form! PDF version also available here. Send this completed form to email@example.com. Indicate which competition location you plan to attend. Please submit as soon as you know you want to enter This is important because it lets us estimate the space needed to be allocated! You may still enter at the last minute by bringing your entries any time before the date of judging.
Bring your completed model to the Bluefin booth at the specific convention you are entering. You may bring entries from the beginning of the convention until the time specified on the model contest page for that show. While you do not need to be there the entire time of the show, you or someone else must pick up your entries on the 2nd to the last day of the convention. Updates will be provided for each convention website as the date draws closer, please continue to check your desired contest site for updated information!
Details for each convention will be posted on their respective convention websites. For a list of conventions please see below.
In addition to the Best of Show, other awards may be given out and will vary by show due to number of entries and is up to the discretion of the judge(s) for that show.
Rules for World Cup N. American Semi-Finals
Models must use Bandai plastic model kits from the Gundam universe
Use of resin conversion/ full resin kits or hobby magazine bonus items as entries are prohibited
Entries can be entered as a diorama, however maximum dimensions of any model kit entry is 15″ x 15″ x 12″ (length width height)
Works must not use intellectual property of other parties including use of copyrighted material, company logos, trademarks, characters, product lettering, etc. unless written permission is given from rights-holder
Same model kit cannot be entered for the online competition on the GBWC online site or www.plamocon.com.
For more information and how to register please visit the Official Entry Form and rules page.