Gundam Expo is finally upon us!
This is an event I have been looking forward to a lot since becoming a more avid fan of Gunpla earlier this year. Seeing how popular Gunpla is in Korea I was excited to see what the event would bring. As always, details of the event will be at the bottom of the post in case you would like to check this out for yourself!
At first glance, the models were all very nicely displayed and laid out they could all be easily admired. They even had rotating stands so you could get to enjoy the full view of the models. The con starts with a walk through every era of the Gundam brand, and its most iconic models are displayed.
For someone who is still getting familiar with the history and different timelines, this was a really good way to see things in an easily understandable way. It was also nice to see how the complexity of the models has changed over time.
There were a lot of people visiting, and a lot of kids. It was quite hard to get a glance of everything because so many people wanted to look at the same time. The popularity of the franchise definitely showed through.
The biggest section in display was by far the Gundam Build Fighters section, and I really really liked the large models!
There are many other figures on display too, not just Gundam. The Tamashii Nations section was especially impressive, and it was great to see how all of these figures are made by hand in Japan. It really reiterated to me how much of an art this truly is.
There is also a section to build a kit for 10,000 won. It comes with all the basics, and although it was aimed towards kids, adults were having a great time too!
At the end of the day, there was a quiz challenge taking place. I couldn’t quite understand what the prize was, but people were answering some seriously difficult questions, I was so impressed!
Finally, there is a section that displays the 2018 Korean entries to the Gunpla Builders World Cup, and I have to say, there was some seriously GORGEOUS stuff. I am making a dedicated post for it tomorrow as there is a lot to show.
I have to say, the whole experience was a little underwhelming. Aside from the expo exclusive kits, there wasn’t any interesting merch or experience to really marvel over. Moreover, I was disappointed at the convoluted process to purchase expo exclusive items, and I wish they were available to everybody, not just those who acquired tickets for it. Overall, however, it was very nice to see such sophisticated creations and beautiful models, so it is still worth checking out.
If you are a fan of Gunpla, The Gundam Base is having a double stamp event during the duration of the expo, so make sure to make use of the event and get those kits you’ve been holding out for!
Please look forward to tomorrow’s post.
Event dates: August 16th – August 19th
Event times: 10am-6pm
Location: COEX exhibition hall B1
Cost: The event is free. If there are too many people, the organizers reserve the right to deny entry.