Just received this information tonight, so posting this up. There may be minor tweaks, but if that happens, I’ll make the necessary updates.

GUNPLA World Cup 2010 – U.S. Championship

The United States Championship of the larger Bandai GUNPLA World Cup will be held initially at a number of regional events at conventions in the United States in 2010, with the finals winners being determined from the pool of regional winners. The Bandai GUNPLA World Cup is a yearly contest held amongst modelers using Bandai “Gundam” kits to show off their modeling skills. Competition will be held in several categories and age brackets.

Main Category

This category is designed for modelers who want to push their skills to the limit by “modding” (modifying) Gundams, as well as creating dioramas that tell a story (optional). The GUNPLA World Cup is held once a year, where 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. The US winners in the open, junior and group categories will be invited to participate in the World Cup held in Hong Kong.

Open Category: Modelers 15 years of age and older

Junior Category: Modelers 14 years of age and younger.

Group Category: No age limitations. Multiple people may work on the final display.

* Open to any type of kit remodeling as well as scratch building of additional parts to incorporate into the original Bandai kit is permitted.
* 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.
* Use of commercial full resin or resin conversion kits is not permitted.
* Models must be made from original Bandai kits.
* All grades and scales allowed

Judgment criteria:

* Painting: 0/100 Line Paint Body decoration
* Modification: 0/100 Other parts usage (except original parts) remodeling
* Creativity: 0/100 Originality (Posing, Coloring, Concept, World) diorama

Prizes for Main Category Competitions

1st Prize:

* Round Trip to Hong Kong representing United States at the 2010 Gunpla World Cup Finals. Three nights, four days. Group category winners will select one representative of the group to attend.
* Medal, cool Bandai stuff (to be determined).

2nd Prize

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

3rd Prize:

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

Prizes for Regional Competition

Cool Bandai stuff.

Secondary Categories

This category is designed for modelers who have yet to venture into the complexities of remodeling (“modding”) Gundams as well as diorama construction. Points are awarded for unique paint schemes as well as panel line work and build quality, and are also awarded for dynamic and creative posing. This is for the U.S. Championship only, winners do not advance to the Hong Kong competition.

Open Category: Modelers 15 years of age and older
Junior Category: Modelers 14 years of age and younger

Best SD (Super Deformed) Sangokuden
Best 1/144 High Grade
Best 1/100 No Grade / Master Grade

* Models must be built out of the box, no modification or scratch building is allowed. Different paint, decal designs are encouraged as bonus points will be awarded for individuality.
* Models mounted on a display stand is highly recommended
* Kits must be made from original Bandai kits.
* Only Bandai Gundam decals are allowed.

Judgment criteria:

* Painting: 0/100 Line Paint Body decoration
* Creativity: 0/100 Posing, Individuality

Prizes for Secondary Categories

In the Open and Junior Categories, first through third place will receive original medals. The winners of the Group Category will receive an original badge. Additionally, model kits and other cool stuff will be awarded (check back for specifics).

Other information

1. Category 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 sites. No entry will be accepted without an official entry form.
3. Participants may submit more than one entry per category.
4. All participants must bring their own models to the convention site(s). All prize winners are required to be present during the prize presentation ceremony. Participants may pick up their entries at the conclusion of the prize ceremony and must pick them up before the closing of the show.
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. Previous winning models/dioramas from previous BAKUC (Bandai Action Kit Universal Cup) competitions are ineligible for prize consideration.

Schedule of Regional Events and Finals Judgment

Regional Events

Regional contests will be held in at the following conventions:

Anime Expo, Los Angeles, California, July 1-4, 2010

Website: http://www.anime-expo.org

Otakon, Baltimore Maryland, July 30-Aug. 1, 2010/06/12

Website: http://www.otakon.com

Other venues may be added at a later date, so please check back.

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 (http://www.bluefincorp.com). The Gunpla World Cup Finals will be held in Hong Kong in late December, 2010 (exact date to be determined).

Also of note is that there is a new category this year for Group entries. This makes me think of the Gunpla Bar project that the model build group folks worked on a few years back. I think it’s time to resurrect that sucker and see about getting some work on it done at this weekend’s model build gathering.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. emcreations

    Does that mean that Macross Frontier kits are not eligible? They’re made by Bandai, but the description keeps mentioning “Gundam.”

  2. GameraBaenre

    Hmm. .I’m trying to remember if previous BAKUC competitions included macross ktis or just other bandai produce, non Gundam entries. I’m more inclined to say why not, granted the contest may be Gundam centric. But the rules do say “bandai kit” so I don’t see a problem. I sent the question to the sponsor for clarification regardless. I think I may have seen other mecha entered into the competitions in the past.

  3. emcreations

    Yeah I’ve seen a scope dog entry and some other misc stuff, I think. Anyway, just wanted to be sure before I pour a few hundred hours on this big idea I’ve got.

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