Gundam plastic model kits have been popular for well over 30 years now, so it comes as no surprise that there are events around the world that are dedicated to Gunpla. One of them is the Gunpla Expo World Tour. It’s in Akihabara right now, and the exhibit is scheduled to take place in a total of 12 other areas: Italy, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, North America, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. The expo features Gunpla built by each country’s final contestants in the 2013 Gunpla Builders World Cup. The open course features 25 models crafted by 15 and over Gunpla builders, while the junior course features 5 models made by 14 and under builders. It is free to attend and you can vote for your favorite builder. On 11/24, they will announce the Gunpla builder who will represent Japan. On 12/22, after all the representatives from each country have been chosen, they will come to Gundam Front Tokyo to decide who will be the world champion.
There will be a large screen that shows footage of the anime that just started airing in October, Gundam Build Fighters. You can also purchase Gunpla that are only available at the event.
MG Full Armor Unicorn Gundam – Mechanical Clear Version [¥8,000 = ~$79]
RG Zeta Gundam – Clear Color Version [¥3,000 = ~$30]
RG Destiny Gundam – Heine Westenfluss Color Version [¥2,500 = ~$25]
HG Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu Mina Mekki Frame / Clear Armor Version [¥3,200 = ~$32]
BB Senshi Sazabi – Metallic Version [¥2,000 = ~$20]
HG Build Strike Gundam Full Package Plavsky Particle – Clear Version [¥1,400 = ~$14]
HG Gundam Astray Blue Frame Second L Mekki Frame – Clear Armor Version [¥3,000 = ~$30]
HG Gundam Astray Red Frame (Flight Unit) Mekki Frame – Clear Armor Version [¥3,000 = ~$30]
HG Unicorn Gundam 2 Banshee Norn (Unicorn Mode) – Titanium Finish Version [¥3,800 = ~$38]
MG Char’s Zaku Ver. 2.0 – Titanium Finish Version [¥7,000 = ~$69]
MG Destiny Impulse Gundam R revealed at the Gunpla Expo!
Source: Gundam Info