Friday, June 12, 2015

Winners Announced!

Note: Pictures of all entered kits can be found on my flickr here.
After a week's delay (totally my fault), we finally have all of the kits judged and we are ready to announce the winners.  There were some really awesome entries, you guys.  It's been really exciting looking over all of the entries and it's an honor to have them as a part of this contest.  I passed all of these entries over to the judges, and their decisions are in!  My thanks to all of them (couldn't have done it without them) and to all of you who entered!

And now, I'll leave the rest to the experts!
-Brent (Brenticus302)

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the competition. I enjoyed going through the entries and seeing all the creativity in builds and photography. I would also like to thank the other judges. Working with all of you has been a pleasure and I hope to see you in the next competition (as a rival)! To wrap up the statements of gratitude, I would like to thank Brent for organizing the competition and bringing everyone on the reddit community together.


Before we announce the winners, I would like to explain the judging process. I set up a spreadsheet with forty-five cells in a nine by five cell grid. Each judge would write nine names, first, second, and third place for each category - Advanced, Beginner, and Zaku. Three points were given for every first place an entry got from a judge, two for second, and one for first. The highest summed score would be the winner for each category.


Starting with the Beginner category, of the seven entries, four entries were neck to neck with Kalvin’s MG Duel Gundam one point shy of third place under Jeff’s HG G-Arcane. Both entries were shy of only a few points under John’s AGE-2 Dark Hound, the runner up of the Beginner category. Take note that each of these runner ups were considered for first place by at least one judge, but only one can be crowned the victor. That entry happens to be Jolie’s MG Acguy. Congratulations, Jolie, for winning the Gunpla Lollapalooza Beginner category!


Next up is the Zaku II category. This section was quite small - only five qualifying entries were in the fray. Coming in third place, representing spacenoids and their desire to free themselves from earth’s gravity, it is Paul’s One Year War Veteran! Unfortunately, Paul’s entry is overshadowed by an ‘amazing’ entry - it is none other than Steve’s Zaku Amazing! On a serious note, Paul and Steve did an amazing job with their builds and photography. Despite their efforts, the winner managed to get the attention of every judge and take a unanimous first place vote. With a mobile suit as iconic as the RX-78-2, Eric sweeps the competition and takes gold with the Red Comet’s Zaku II. Congratulations, Eric, for winning the Gunpla Lollapalooza Zaku II category!


Last, but certainly not least, is the Gunpla Lollapalooza Advanced category. We received the most entries in this category with seventeen creative works going head to head. After the dust settles, we see two distinct battles occurring simultaneously. In the first battle, with a difference of a single point, we see a beautifully painted Sazabi Ver. Ka by Tyler go against a fully customized HG Qan[t], better known as the Aeon Amazing by Ryan. Fighting for third place, Ryan is the one short by one point and is forced to make a tactical retreat to fourth, leaving Tyler’s Sazabi with the bronze. In the second battle, we see two mono-eyed suits fighting for the top: Wesley’s “Dias Gundam,” a Gundam-colored Rick Dias, versus Heng’s DWAGE, based on the HGUC Dom Tropen. The battle between seventeen may have left two standing, but with only half the points of the leader, the Dias Gundam falls behind with the DWAGE standing as the victor. Congratulations, Heng “KVLTWORX,” on winning the Gunpla Lollapalooza Advanced category.


Once again, thank you to everyone who participated in the 2015 Gunpla Lollapalooza, hope to see you in the next competition! --Gundariumsmith




  1. Jolie - MG Acguy
  2. John - MG AGE-2 Dark Hound
  3. Jeff - HG G Arcane
  4. Kalvin - MG Duel


Zaku II:

  1. Eric - MG Char’s Zaku II
  2. Steve - HG Zaku Amazing
  3. Paul - MG One Year War Veteran



  1. Heng - DWAGE (HG Dom Tropen)
  2. Wesley - Dias Gundam (Rick Dias)
  3. Tyler - MG Sazabi Ver. Ka
  4. Ryan - Aeon Amazing (HG Qan[t])
To all Winners: Contratulations!!  I will be in touch with you within the week about prizes and shipping info, etc.
My thanks to all of you and to Model Grade for providing prizes and helping make this even possible!
All other entries and photos can be found at my flickr account here.  You can search them using tags relating to the MS and the category.  Thanks!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Kit Entries Now CLOSED

The deadline for entering the Gunpla Lollapaloosa has now passed.  New kits or changes to entries are no longer accepted.

Thanks to everyone who entered!  Myself and the judges (and your competitors too I'm sure) can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

More info will be posted here closer to judging time; see you all then!

Good luck to all entrants!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bonus Prize Drawing!

Our own judge and esteemed gunplayer (is that a thing?  I hope it is, I like that term a lot) Ham Eater has offered a bonus prize that anyone can win: the Ball Ver. Ka kit!

All entrants will be in a pool of names to be drawn, and whoever wins the drawing will be awarded the Ball ver. Ka. 

Thanks to Ham Eater again for generously providing this bonus prize! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Competition Info, Guidelines, and Rules

Categories & Guidelines

The following guidelines can help you choose the category that is right for you.

Open MS Category: Any mobile suit kit from any timeline

Beginner Class: 
Basic assembly, decals & stickers, minimal painting, panel lining and top coating. 

 -      Eligible kits: Any RG, MG, NG, HG, RE and PG MS kit

Advanced Class: Model only.  All beginner level techniques plus full painting, kit bashing, scratch building, weathering/damage, pla-plating and panel line scribing.

-      Eligible kits: Any RG, MG, NG, HG, RE and PG MS kit

 MS-06 Zaku II Category: Every entrant in this category will submit a completed MS-06 Zaku II kit.  It’s up to each entrant to put their own spin on this basic suit and really make theirs stand out, whether it’s a custom paint job or the wrecked and rusted remains of and old Zaku, years after the OYW.

Intermediate Class: Basic assembly, decals & stickers, minimal painting, panel lining and top coating, plus full painting and kit bashing.

-      Eligible kits: RG, MG, NG, HG, and PG MS-06 Zaku II kit

Advanced Class: Model only.  All intermediate level techniques plus scratch building, pla-plating and panel line scribing, full kit bashing, and weathering/damage.

-      Eligible kits: RG, MG, NG, HG, and PG MS-06 Zaku II kit


·        All winners will receive a personalized trophy consisting of a wooden base and attached Gundam Action Base (on which the winning model may be displayed).  The trophy will be inscribed with their name or username (you will be contacted as to your preference), name of the contest, and the category/class in which they won

·        All winners of each category will receive a gunpla as listed below.  If their designated gunpla is unavailable, a replacement of the same grade/price range will be provided.

o   Open MS Category:

§  Beginner Class: HG G-Reco #1 Gundam G-Self

§  Advanced Class: Any gunpla of up to $80 value

o   MS-06 Zaku II Category:

§  Intermediate-class: HGBF #21 Gundam EZ-SR

§  Advanced -class: Any gunpla of up to $80 value

o   Kit Drawing:

  • All entrants in all categories/ classes will be entered to win a Ball Ver. Ka kit.  This prize will be given to the winner of a random name-drawing
·        All entrants will be entered in a drawing to win a $5 gift certificate to

·        Beginner and Intermediate prizes, and all gift certificates have been provided by  The staff of the Gunpla Lollapalooza would like to offer our sincere gratitude to Joe of for offering to help make this competition happen.  Thanks a lot!


·        Participants must be located in the US or Canada (Apologies to our brothers and sisters from other countries, international shipping was too expensive)

·        Participants must have posted to the r/gundam or r/gunpla Reddit sub-reddit

o   If you are not currently a member, feel free to sign up and make a post right now!  Then you’re good to go!

§  r/Gunpla sub-reddit:

§  r/Gundam sub-reddit:

·        Participants may only enter ONE class of EACH category

o   judges will have final say on the category a completed kit falls into

·        Participants who have entered a model in the Open MS Category may also enter a model in the MS-06 Zaku II Category.

o   Entrants must not use the same completed kit for both categories

§  If an entrant wishes to enter a Zaku II into both categories, he/she may do so, but they must be separate kits, or two of the same kit. 

·        A single completed kit may not be entered into both categories

·        Participants may enter any Bandai Gundam kit appropriate for the category they are entering 

·        Participants must start with an unbuilt kit

·        Participants must submit at least one set of 3 work in progress photos along with photos of your completed works by 5/29/15 at midnight Eastern Standard Time

o   This must be done for each category entered

o   Submit photos to:

·        Entry information must be submitted by Friday March 13th at midnight Eastern Standard Time

o   Work in Progress & Completed photos must be submitted by 5/29/15 at midnight EST

·        Winners will be announced by June 5th 2015

·        Prizes will be shipped to winners by June 30th, 2015

How to get started:

Send an email to: 
with the following information:

·        First Name

·        State you reside in

·        The kit(s) you plan on entering

·        The category/categories you plan on entering

·        A photo of the kit(s) you plan on building along with a piece of paper with your reddit username, and the date written on it by hand

Submitting work in progress photos and finals

Submit work in progress and final photos to:

The Competition Has Begun!

It's happening, everyone!  I'm about to post the rules and guidelines. 


Gunpla Lollapalooza Poster

Gundariumsmith has made some sweet posters (as well as the awesome new banner) for the Gunpla Lollapalooza.  Get psyched, folks!
Here they are:

Friday, January 30, 2015

Prize Kits Donated Thanks to Modelgrade

Joe over at Model Grade have graciously provided some prize kits for the Beginner categories!  He has also offered $5 gift certificate for our runners-up!

Our thanks to Joe and to Modelgrade for supporting our competition! 

Drop by their site if you need any gunpla or supplies!