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Do you love building GunPla? Do you spend hours on end assembling these miniature war machines? Well here's your chance to show off your best works! The Bandai Gunpla World Cup is a yearly contest held amongst modelers to show of their completed Gundam models. Competition will be held in several categories and age brackets. Top modelers from countries such as Japan, China, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Italy, France, USA, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and Malaysia battle it out for the title of Gunpla World Cup Champion.

Check out this year's current winners so far and photos from each event!



Like every good global competition, our country needs a representative! Does your model have what it takes to make the U.S. proud? Read on! To determine the U.S. Representative to this world competition, a number of conventions in the United States will hold regional model competitions in 2011. Each convention will have its own set of U.S. Semi-Finalists. From this pool of semi-finalists, one will be chosen to be the U.S. Representative to take names and kick some butt against the world at the Bandai GunPla World Cup Finals later this year.

Check out last year's 2010 U.S. Semi-Finalists here  

How is the semi-finalist chosen?

Contestants will bring one or more of their best completed models to the show and put them on display. The models will be judged on technical ability, painting, and presentation and the best of the best will be selected as that show's winner. This event is designed for modelers who want to push their skills to the limit and we hope to see what awe-inspiring works you'll bring! There will be a winner for each of the following categories:

Open Category: Modelers 15 years of age and older

Junior Category: Modelers 14 years of age and younger.

Group Category: A bracket designed for collaborative work, model kit(s) are entered by a team of multiple modelers and can consist of all members contributing to one kit or multiple kits. Multiple kits will be treated as one entry and must still adhere to size requirements.


One entry will be designated best of show and will qualify that modeler (or modelers for group category) to compete against other U.S. Semi-finalists from other events later this year to determine the U.S. representative. There will be one best of show for Open and Group categories.

In addition to the Best of Show, awards will be given out for Best 1/100, Best 1/144, Best SD.

Rules for World Cup U.S. Semi-Finals

  • Models must be made from original Bandai kits.

  • All grades and scales allowed

  • Entries can be entered as part of a diorama. Base dimensions of the diorama can no larger than 50cmx50cmx50cm (length, width, height).

  • Open to any type of modification, scratch building, remodeling, and diorama construction to the Bandai kit is permitted

  • Use of commercial full resin or resin conversion kits are not permitted.

  • Aftermarket conversion or special Hobby Japan/Dengenki models are prohibited

  • Models not related to the Gundam franchise like Macross or Evangelion are prohibited.

  • Due to size constraints, certain models are banned, however modelers are welcome to be creative in cutting it down and using only parts of it to meet the size requirements.

  • Group competition is not limited by age or the size of the group.

Please see end for explanation of judging criteria

Best Out of Box (OOB)

That guy made his sazabi have LEDs's do I compete against that?”

In addition to the Model Kit World Cup, there will be another contest happening at the same time.  The focus of this contest is on the best model kit that's created using only what was inside its box and is meant for those just starting to get into model contests or for those who simply just want to compete by the strength of their basic model kit building skills.  This means no aftermarket parts!  LEDs, aluminum thrusters, koto parts, newly scribed lines, etc are disqualified here! The goal of this is to get your chosen entry as close to matching the completed model pictures provided in the instructions and box. What about the spare parts from the kit and the left over runners? Yes those are allowed on your entry if you wish.  It was included in the box!  Maybe use it for a base or some battle damage or for detail? Let's see how creative you can be!  Please note the OOB is a separate contest offered by the sponsor and is not part of the Model Kit World Cup. 

  • All grades and scales allowed

  • Models must be made from original Bandai kits.

  • Painting, seam filling, glues, shading, weathering, and using the left over plastic runner as parts is permitted

  • Color scheme must be the default color scheme of that design

  • No aftermarket decals or stickers allowed except those included with the kit

  • Use of Bandai Action Base will not negatively or positively influence OOB judging

*OOB entries can also be concurrently entered into the World Cup competition.  Sometimes a well done simple build is better than something too ambitious.

How do I sign up?

Fill out the official contest entry form!  PDF version also available here.   Send this completed form to   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.

Prizes for Semi-Finalists and Runner ups

All participants will receive a GWC “Swag Bag.”

Cool Bandai stuff (a brand new model kit perhaps?! Check back on day of event for prize details.)

Prizes for OOB Category

All participants will receive a GWC “Swag Bag.”

Cool Bandai stuff (a brand new model kit perhaps?!)

Judgment criteria:

Painting (0-100 points): Quality and execution of the painting, including detail, of the entry.  
Technical (0-100 points): Includes build, finish and excellence of any modifications.
Creativity (0-100 points): Aesthetics of the entry, including concept, posing, unique painting scheme and presentation, including diorama.

Other information

  1. Best of Show winners will advance to the U.S. Finals where a final determination on the overall winners will be made. Models need not be present for the finals; judgment will be made from photos and notes taken at the previous event locations.

  2. All entries must submit an official entry form available at the contest site or Bluefin website. No entry will be accepted without an official entry form.

  3. Participants may submit more than one entry.

  4. An entry cannot be entered across multiple categories.

  5. All regional participants must bring their own models to the convention site. Participants may pick up their entries at the conclusion of the prize ceremony and must pick them up before the closing of the show (details will be posted at the venue sites).

  6. Strict inspection on all models will be carried out; any entries found to be using counterfeit kits or excluded items will be disqualified.

  7. Event organizers shall endeavor to take care of all submitted entries. However, they shall not be held liable for any loss or damages should they occur.

  8. Judges decision is final; no further correspondence will be entertained.

  9. Prizes won cannot be exchanged for cash or any other form.

  10. These rules may be subject to change without notice.

  11. Winning models/dioramas from previous BAKUC (Bandai Action Kit Universal Cup) competitions are ineligible for prize consideration.

Schedule of Semi-Final Events and Finals Judgment


Semi-Final Events

Regional contests will be held in at the following conventions. Other venues may be added.


Sakura-Con Seattle, Washington April 22-24



 Anime Central Chicago, IL May 20-21



FanimeCon-San Jose, California May 27-30


Anime Expo, Los Angeles, California July 1-4



Otakon, Baltimore Maryland July 29-31



NYAF/NYCC, New York Oct 13-16




U.S. Finals

Date: to be determined. Winners will be contacted by telephone and e-mail, and the results will be posted at the Bluefin website ( The Gunpla World Cup Finals will be held in a location to be determined late December, 2011 (exact date to be determined).


One (1) Representative and two (2) runner ups will be chosen

1st Prize:

  • Round Trip to Finals location representing the United States at the 2011 Gunpla World Cup Finals.  Group bracket winners will select one representative of the group to attend.  Group category may be discontinued if it is determined there were not a sufficent number of competitors for this category.

  • Medals for Open competitions, cool Bandai stuff (to be determined). 

  • Badges for Group competition winners, cool Bandai stuff (to be determined).

2nd Prize (for Open Competitions only)

  • Medal, cool Bandai stuff (to be determined).

3rd Prize (for Open Competitions only)

  • Medal, cool Bandai stuff (to be determined)