The Zombster BANDAI GunPla Builders World Cup Competitions are a partnership between the Australian retail store Zombster and the Japanese toy and model kit manufacturer BANDAI. Zombster runs qualifying rounds in Australia to find the best custom Gundam Plastic (GunPla) Model Kit modifications out there and to help them get the recognition they deserve. Winners of the Advanced portion of each competition are automatically entered into the Australian Finals held in Sydney, which is run by HobbyCo, friends of Zombster.
This special website is designed to be a centre of information regarding all of the Zombster BANDAI GunPla Builders World Cup Competitions run by Zombster specifically, plus additional information and details regarding the Australian Finals held in Sydney, run by HobbyCo. Registration on this website is specifically for Zombster Qualifying Events only. For further information regarding the Australian Finals, please contact HobbyCo directly.
What is GunPla?
GunPla (Gundam Plastic) models are an international hobby sensation that started over 30 years ago with the initial Mobile Suit Gundam anime series. Over the years GunPla has evolved to become an interesting model kit experience with no paint or glue being required to put these marvels of engineering together. GunPla hobby enthusiasts also enjoy adding custom paint jobs and modifications to create their own unique works of art. BANDAI GunPla Builders World Cup challenges these hobbyists to bring their works of art forward and have them showcased for all to appreciate.
What is the GunPla Builders World Cup?
The Bandai GunPla Builders World Cup brings together the finest works from each participating country around the world in one world cup event in Hong Kong each year. Australia joined the international circuit in 2010 with its first event at SMASH in Sydney. Now set to be the stage for the Australian finals, cities all over Australia have been organizing to send their state’s representatives to the Australian finals for a chance at international glory.
Who is Zombster?
Zombster was founded in 2008 as an anime source for Brisbane’s western suburbs. They have grown to become one of the largest independent sources of anime and manga in Australia, Queensland’s largest source for GunPla Model Kits, and an impeccable source of pop-culture t-shirts from anime, TV, movies and more. They can be found at Shop 32, Gallery Level of Toowong Village, 9 Sherwood Road, Toowong QLD or at http://www.zombster.com.au.
As Queensland's largest source of GunPla, Zombster has been nominated as the official organizers for Queensland events. Zombster also frequently appears at Sydney events to help support GunPla in New South Wales.
Who is BANDAI?
Bandai was founded in 1950 as a manufacturer of toys and models. It started producing GunPla model kits in 1980 after the success of their anime series, Mobile Suit Gundam. Since then Bandai has expanded the range across many scales and grades. To honour the GunPla 30th anniversary, it built the famous 1:1 scale RX-78-2 Gundam in Japan that was on show for a limited time in Tokyo and Shizuoka. They have yet to produce a purchasable model kit of this in 1:1 scale.