Gaijin Gunpla

I was very amazed and humbled when my Gaijin Gunpla Facebook page reached 1,000 likes and so initiated the 1,000 Likes Contest offering a sweet 1/100 MG MSN-06S Sinanju Stein Ver. Ka courtesy of HobbyLink Japan to whomever created the best logo for Gaijin Gunpla. The response was fanastic! I’ve received 39 submissions from numerous people and also gained an extra 100 likes in the process. Because of the response I thought I would give out another kit, this one being the 1/144 HGUC Unicorn Gundam 2 Banshee Norn (Unicorn Mode). Now that I’ve had a chance to look at each and every entry I am prepared to name the winner.

1,000 Likes Facebook Contest First Prize goes to:

Gundam Beginner!
gundam beginner 2-450
It’s a fantastic idea for a logo and perfectly represents what my site is and what it does. Notice the two G’s? Gaijin Gunpla, baby. This is something that I can place in various areas of my site, use on ‘official’ bulletins and even use as Avatars on various forums instead of just the simple GG. I really like it, however, there is only one thing that could be considered out of place. It has black outlines on a white background but my site features is white lines on a black outline. That is easy enough to fix. Gundam Beginner, I will be contacting you about where to send the Sinanju Stein and also to ask you to do a few cosmetic changes so it can work in my site’s theme. Congratulations!

So what about the second prize, the HGUC Banshee Norm? When looking over the entries for the contest I noticed that many people were entering something that could be used as a logo, a square or circular shape image while many people were entering what could be considered Banners, long rectangular banners that fit across the top of the site. I decided that I would award the Norn to the banner I liked the best. That goes too…. (drum roll).

Tadashi Fumikuni!
tadashi fumikuni #1-650
I love how he makes the Yellowbird look badass here and how everything is crammed into the small banner size but still works. I might get a little put out that he didn’t use my Portogal font, but I’m a jerk that way. Fumikuni-san, Omedetou!

Now let’s look at the Runners Up and Honorable Mentions!

Runner Up for Logos
Joe Carver #1-450
How awesome is this! With that background and the symmetry of it, I’m in love. It really shows the skills Joe Carver has. Well done, Joe.

Honorable Mention goes to:
Francis Tabois-450
Francis Tabios!

Runner up for Banners
Joselito Arreola Lomboy-650
I really like that G and how the colors run across and connect with my very own models.

Honorable Mention
Joshua Wong-650
Understandably, I have an affinity for Joshua Wong’s Courage Banner and it gave me an idea. While I have to choose one logo I would like to showcase and use these other banners on my site somehow. An idea occurred to me and I asked my webmaster, Dr. T, if it was possible and, not surprisingly he said yes. To show off these great banners I am going to create a page just for Reader Submissions. R.S. will be a tab along the top of the site joining Builds, Kit Reviews, Galleries, Life in Japan, Courage, and About. When one clicks on that tab and goes to the Reader Submission page the banner at the top will be one of the banners submitted for the contest. As they will appear randomly, refreshing the page will show a different banner. So, for those who entered a banner, you can see it here on Gaijin but I need to ask two things;

1) Those who submitted a banner that was not 1000 x 143 pixels please resize your image and post it on facebook again.

2) If you have text such as Joshua Wong’s that is on the side of the image, and not part of the design itself (for lack or better description) please change the font to PortagolTC TT. If that’s a font you don’t have please send the image without text and I can add it for you.


    Those who participated in the contest but didn’t submit something like a banner have a chance to submit one (1000 x 143, please) and participate as well.

I look forward to receiving those back and I hope everyone looks forward to the Reader Submission page being up.

Now I’d like to comment on a couple submissions that don’t really work as logo or banners but are just sexy images.
Karl Turner-650
When I saw this I thought, these aren’t images of my work. Well, the Sinanju isn’t as mine is yellow, which he hinted at with the yellow splatters all over it. The other two are images from my site of my kits and look really good this way. It’s a great idea and looks amazing. Kudos go to Karl Turner.

Victor Mo submitted a whole sheet of great ideas.
victor mo-650
I especially like the RX-78-2 image he used in the banner application. Now about that font, Victor. 😉

A big thank you to everyone who entered and all 1,116 (and counting) people who like Gaijin Gunpla on facebook. It really encourages and inspires me to keep doing what I do. You can see all the entries in the gallery below.

Categories: Community, Contests, Featured

23 Responses so far.

  1. Kiko says:

    Congrats to the winners!

  2. Joshua Wong says:

    wow I wasn’t expecting to win anything at all after I saw those submissions but being part of the Honourable Mentions is pretty sweet. Shout out to the winners and participants!

  3. fury-s12 says:

    Wow I really wanted to enter this but just flat out hit a wall for ideas lol kinda glad I didn’t though the entries are stellar, you picked the correct wonder in my eyes

  4. Mesmer says:

    Wow, some of these would also look great as a custom decal for one of your future kits.

  5. Wow, Thanks for organizing this Syd. I wasn’t confident when I saw all other great works.

  6. sonar says:

    Francis Tabois gets the win in my books. Congrats Gundam Beginner. Thats a killer logo. Reminds me of something but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. I rather liked the tourism brochurey banner but I dont see it above.

  7. mongo says:

    I honestly congratulate the winners. They’re well deserved. Everyone had great entries. But you want the people who lost to do additional work without getting anything? Um…no.

    • syd says:

      Someone call the Waaambulance. Actually I was going to recognize those who didn’t win by putting them up in a special section designed just because everyone did such great work. Guess that’s not enough for some folks.

      • mongo says:

        I’m not upset I didn’t win. Honestly I think the winner’s entries were better than mine. I just feel like it’s a bit of a slap in the face to want us to do even more.

  8. busterbeam says:

    wow that is really cool! you got some great submissions there!

  9. GG Web Master says:

    Joe Carver’s is the best looking. However it is a little too good and would need a whole new site designed around it.

    I would vote for Jeran Tan’s for the best logo followed closely by Francis Tabois and Zhuri Reza.

    Syd’s choice is certainly a good one, they all have good things about them.

    My 2 cents as the GG web guy.

  10. syd says:

    You don’t have to do anything, Mongo. It’s all voluntary of course. Those who would like to see their work have a place on this site need only to make sure theirs s the right size. I don’t think I’m asking for ‘more’.

    • mongo says:

      I don’t want you to think I was ungrateful for the contest or anything though. I’m glad for the winners and think it was a fun way to reward fans. And I don’t want to rain on your parade about the 1,000 likes. Just trying to say how I felt.

      • syd says:

        No worries. I’m certainly all for freedom to share your feelings on blogs and such. If I ever did anything out of line I would hope that people would put me in my place.

  11. SavviMaple says:

    Wow! I won second place!

    I guess ending up in hospital with kidney stones ain’t all that bad after all! ^^;


    • SavviMaple says:

      Hey Syd!

      I reuploaded my banners at GP Facebook! 🙂

      If you like the title to be bigger, could you upload a text image “Gaijin” in Portogal TTC? Transparent background would really help alot too, not just me but others too. 🙂

      I don’t have that Font and its not really a free downloadable Font set either. Cheers mate!

  12. Kikay says:

    WOW!!! Congrats to all the winners!! ^_^

    I was going to complain that my entry is missing… and suddenly remembered I only dreamt that I did something for the contest…LOL

  13. Cre8-r says:

    This contest was cool and it was awesome to see the talent that went into this. Congrats to everyone! I am just honored that people like my work (esp sonar and gg web guy).

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