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The Otakon 2014 qualifer has been canceled due to unforseen circumstances surrounding our display cases and low booth staff.
We are aware of the sold out badge status for NYCC and will provide an option for NYCC contestants to drop off their models on Thurs(Oct 9)/Friday (Oct 10) without a badge, and then let back in for Judging on Saturday Oct 11. Please watch this page for additional news and instructions for contestants looking to pursue this option.
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 set of U.S. live regional competitions and one online competition open to the U.S. and Canada will be held in 2014. Each convention and the online competitions hosted on the Bandai Hobby website (https://bandai-hobby.net/GBWC/GLOBAL/form.html) 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.
Contestants may enter via live competition events or submit pictures of their entries online.
Contestants may 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.
Online Competition is open to the United States (https://bandai-hobby.net/GBWC/GLOBAL/form.html) and Canada. Submission deadline is Oct 9, 2014
How do I sign up?
Fill out the official contest entry form! PDF version also available here. Send this completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 complete resin conversion or full resin kits or hobby magazine bonus items as entries are prohibited; resin may still be used for parts.
Entries can be entered as a diorama, however maximum dimensions of any model kit entry is 16" x 16" x 16" (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
Models will be judged by a group of Bandai staff and modelers and experts appointed by Bandai. The criteria for judging will be its craftsmanship, painting and idea (concept) .
Painting: Quality and execution of the painting, including detail, of the entry.
Craftsmanship: Includes build, finish and excellence of any modifications.
Concept: Aesthetics of the entry, including posing, unique painting scheme and presentation.
Please note your entry may be disqualified for the following:
1. Work which is contrary to morality or public order.
2. Work which contains personal information.
3. Work which contains slanderous expressions toward certain persons or groups.
4. Work which is mimicked or copied off of someone else's work.
5. Work which infringes on a third-party's copyright.
6. Inappropriate works which is not consistent with the purpose of this competition
Best of Show winners will advance to the N. American Finals where a final determination on the overall winners including the online competition at www.plamocon.com 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.
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).
Strict inspection on all models will be carried out; any entries found to be using counterfeit kits or excluded items will be disqualified.
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.
Judges decision is final; no further correspondence will be entertained.
Prizes won cannot be exchanged for cash or any other form.
These rules may be subject to change without notice.
Winning models/dioramas from previous BAKUC (Bandai Action Kit Universal Cup) and GBWC competitions both online and offline are ineligible for prize consideration.
- Power supply/connection for display of your work may not be available at the event space
You may be disqualified from the World Championship in Japan if the work has been significantly altered or modified after winning Web entry or national competition. BANDAI has the rights to its decision.
By entering, contestants agree to BANDAI and others who are appointed by BANDAI (us) to use submitted works (photograph, title, comments, winning models' images taken by us, images which were sent to us for the final judging and actual winning pieces) for the purposes listed below:
Contestants also agree to us deciding to release or not to release entrants' name, age, area of residency (states, prefecture and or equivalent to it) as information regarding the entrants.
1. Publishing in BANDAI Hobby website, GUNDAM.INFO, other websites and publications (including domestic/international TVCM) which are operated/created by us.
2. Publishing in mediums such as hobby magazines.
3. Displaying at various events.
4. Publishing in other forms for the purpose of promoting this competition and Gunpla.
・Contestants agree to us altering images by adjusting colors, cropping, correcting typographical errors in comments and title, editing comments etc. for the purposes listed above.
・The organizer will be extremely careful while handling your work, but we cannot fully guarantee its safety.
・By entering the competition, entrants agree to BANDAI using personal information in the conditions listed below.
1. Managing entries to this competition.
2. Contacting entrants to verify and/or to inform winning announcements as well as inquiry correspondence.
3. Displaying the submitted work with the contestant's name etc., as well as other purposes for using works.
We do not share contestant's private information with third parties without entrants' agreement or under conditions that are necessary for fulfilling legal obligations, and to use for publications and other things that are listed on the official rules.
Schedule of Semi-Final Events and Finals Judgment
Regional contests will be held in at the following conventions. Other venues may be added.
Anime Central, Chicago, Illinois May 16th – 18th
A-Kon, Dallas, Texas, June 6th– June 8th
Anime Expo, Los Angeles, California July 3rd – July 6th
NYAF/NYCC, New York Oct 9th – 12th
N. American Finals
One (1) Representative and two (2) runner ups will be chosen
The N. American Representative will win a round trip to the GBWC Finals in Japan representing North America.
Winner will be contacted by telephone and e-mail, and the results will be posted at the Bluefin website (www.bluefincorp.com). The Gunpla World Cup Finals will be held December 22, 2014.