It’s that time of year again, GunPla enthusiasts. Get your nippers and airbrushes ready because the 2018 Gunpla Builders World Cup is upon us!
The Bandai Gunpla Builders World Cup (GBWC) is a yearly contest held amongst modelers to show off their completed Gundam models. Top modelers from Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Italy, France, Vietnam, USA, and Canada battle it out for the title of Gunpla World Cup Champion.
To determine the USA Representative to this world competition, a set of U.S. live regional competitions and one online competition open to the USA will be held in 2018. Each convention and the online competition hosted on the Bandai Hobby website will have its own set of Semi-Finalists. From this pool of semi-finalists, one will be chosen to be the USA Representative to take names and kick some butt against the world at the Bandai GunPla World Cup Finals later this year.
We had some really strong entries last year and we can’t wait to see what you all come up with this time around! If you’re ready to sign up, fill out the entry form and get building!

2018 GBWC Convention List and Deadline Dates


Anime Central (May 18th to 20th): May 12
Fanime (May 25th to 28th): May 20
A-Kon (June 7th to 10th): June 1
Anime Expo (July 5th to 8th): July 1
Otakon (August 10th to 12th): Aug 5
Anime NYC(November 16th to 18th): Nov 10


NOTE: Please have your passport/Visa prepared in advance because the U.S. representative will be chosen in November 2018 to fly out to the Finals in early December 2018!


This year in addition to the Best in Show category 4 other categories will be part of the U.S. competition.

  1. Best UC Century Model (UC Century is anything from the original Mobile Suit Gundam and including series like Unicorn Gundam and ZZ Gundam)
  2. Best Alternate Universe (Non UC Century) Model Kit
  3. Best SD (Super Deformed) Model Kit
  4. Best Factory Finish Model Kit
  • The Factory Finish category is designed to feature the model’s appearance prior to any battles, having the appearance of it being fresh off the assembly line in-universe, so no modifications or custom decals. Only the source material color scheme is allowed. No weathering.

Check out the rules here