Bracket Challenge 2020

The Newtype Bracket Challenge is back! This year's theme will be 30 Minute Missions. 30MM kits are ultra-customizable and will be the perfect starting point for your build. Since this is an online contest, your build and photography skills will be put to the test. We're going bigger this year and awarding over $1500 in prizes with an $800 gift card to our store going to 1st place.

We've made a few changes to this year's contest so please pay attention to the new voting rules and new entry requirements. Final builds are due April 6, 2020.

 

Official Rules

  • What qualifies as an entry in the competition:
    • An entry is a finished model, display or diorama built only from Bandai 30 Minute Missions kits and accessories.
    • Whole Gundam/sci-fi/mecha models kits are not allowed. Parts are allowed as long as the 5% rule (below) is followed.
    • Customizations, modifications, and scratch-building is encouraged but not required.
    • 5% rule - The spirit of the competition is to build only with 30MM. You may use up to 5% non-30MM parts, scratch-built or not, in your build. Use more than 5% and your entry will be disqualified. For example, if you scratch build a massive spaceship from plastic sheet and then stick a 30MM head on top as a cockpit, it will get disqualified.
    • Finally, if there is any questions or doubt about whether or not your entry qualifies, please contact challenge2020@newtypehq.com for clarification. There is no sense in building something that will get disqualified.
  • How to enter the competition (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):
    • Unlike last year, there will be no need to register for the competition before your entry is built.
    • All submissions must be sent to challenge2020@newtypehq.com by April 6, 2020. In all emails, you must put "2020 Bracket Challenge" and your name in the subject line separated by a colon. For example: 2020 Bracket Challenge: Meijin Kawaguchi
    • If you do not follow this exactly, your submission may be lost. All emails sent correctly will receive a confirmation of receipt.
    • To submit your entry, send exactly 6 photos of your final build. Make sure the photos are not touched up or modified in any way. Photos discovered to be edited will disqualify your entry. One of your photos must include a photo of your face, "2020 Bracket Challenge" written on a note, and your build. This will verify ownership.
    • Upon submission of your entry, entrants may be asked to supply work-in-progress photos to back up their work. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.
  • The voting:
    • New to this year is the addition of judges. They are:
      • John Wang - Newtype owner
      • GunplaMeli
      • Krowsama
      • ItsAGundam
    • Upon receipt of all entries, Newtype and the judges will select the entries that will take place in the bracket competition. Entries will be seeded and placed in a bracket.
    • For each round of competition, the winner of each matchup will be determined by a combination of popular vote and a judges vote. The popular vote will be worth 3 votes while each judge will each get 1 vote creating a total of 7 votes for each matchup.
    • The popular vote will last for 24 hours for each round of matchups and will be open to all customers of Newtype of who have placed at least one order.
    • Winners of each matchup will move onto the next round of voting. The number of rounds will be determined by the number of entries and the size of the bracket.
    • This competition is a single elimination bracket. If your entry loses a matchup, then your entry was eliminated from the competition. The only exception is the 2nd to last round where the losers of those matchups will face each other in a consolation round to determine a 3rd place winner.
    • The competition will be finished when a single entry is left after all other entries have been eliminated.
    • 1st place will be awarded to the entry that wins the final matchup.
    • 2nd place will be awarded to the entry that loses the final matchup.
    • 3rd place will be awarded to the entry that wins the consolation matchup.
    • The bracket pool:
      • Once Newtype has announced the bracket, we will post up the bracket for download at a TBD location.
      • To enter, entries fill out the bracket, picking who they think will win each round. Email a photo or scan of the filled out bracket to challengepool2020@newtypehq.com.
      • Entries will be accepted until until TBD.
      • Scoring will be compressed of one point for each correct pick in the first round, two points in the second round, four points in the next round, with each round worth double previous round.
      • Each person who enters must keep track of their own entry. At the end of the bracket competition. Each person who enters must send a final email or scan of their bracket with the winners circled and their points totaled. Newtype will verify the entry by comparing it against the first email and the entry with the most points (not necessarily the most correct picks) will be deemed the winner.
    • The prizes:
      • 1st place builder wins a $800 USD gift card to Newtype.
      • 2nd place builder wins a $400 USD gift card to Newtype.
      • 3rd place builder wins a $200 USD gift card to Newtype.
      • The winner of the pool competition will win a $100 USD gift card to Newtype.
      • Other prizes may be announced in the future.
    • Final details:
      • Open to entrants worldwide.
      • Only one entry per person.
      • No purchase necessary.
      • Open to anyone age 18 and over.
      • Void where prohibited by law.
      • Entrant must obey local and country laws.
      • By entering the competition, you grant Newtype the unrestricted, royalty-free, perpetual right to use, reproduce, communicate, modify and display the photos (in whole or in part) for any purpose without any fee or other form of compensation, and without further notification or permission.
      • Newtype reserves the right to modify the rules at any time.