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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 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, USA, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and Malaysia battle it out for the title of Gunpla World Cup Champion.

Click here to see the 2012 Winners so far



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 2012. 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 2011 U.S. Semi-Finalists here  

How is the semi-finalist chosen?

Contestants will bring one or more (up to 3) of their best completed model entries to the 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 sufficeient number of entrants)


One entry will be designated Best of Show and will qualify that modeler to compete against other U.S. Semi-finalists from other events later this year to determine the U.S. representative.

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

Rules for World Cup U.S. Semi-Finals

  • Models must be made from original Bandai kits.

  • All grades and scales allowed

  • An entry can consist of 1 kit or multiple kits, but its combined dimensions must adhere to the size limitations of 50x50x50cm.

  • 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.

  • Display stands are allowed and encouraged
  • 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.

  • To qualify for Best Out of Box No modification or scratch building is allowed. Different paint and/or decal designs are encouraged as bonus points will be awarded for individuality.  Only official Bandai decals will be allowed.



Please see end for explanation of judging criteria

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 Winners

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.)

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. 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).

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

  6. 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.

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

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

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

  10. Winning models/dioramas from previous BAKUC (Bandai Action Kit Universal Cup) and GBWC 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 6th – 8th

Anime Central, Chicago, Illinois April 27th – 29th

A-Kon, Dallas, Texas, June 1st – 3rd

Anime Expo, Los Angeles, California June 29th – July 2nd

Otakon, Baltimore Maryland July 27th – 29th

NYAF/NYCC, New York Oct 11th – 14th



U.S. Finals

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

The U.S. Representative will win a round trip to the GBWC Finals in Japan  representing the United States.  

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 Japan late December, 2012 (exact date to be determined).