Following its franchise history-making first year, the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO is confirmed to return to the United States with an announcement from BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin). This official, Gundam-only, digital event is presented by BANDAI NAMCO Group companies BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles, SUNRISE INC. and BANDAI SPIRITS. It offers 2021 attendees an expansive schedule of programming including workshops, panels, specially produced video content and event exclusive collectibles. New features include the 2021 GUNPLA Builder’s Cup winners announcement ceremony and the GUNPLA Livestream Shopping Experience (akin to a cable TV shopping network show) co-hosted by a team at BANDAI NAMCO Collectible’s U.S. headquarters and well-known Japanese model/TV host Rinrin at Bandai Namco Entertainment’s Miraiken Studio in Tokyo. In addition, for the first time, this year’s GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will feature video content from current and future Gundam anime and live-action titles — including both screenings and event-only reveals — all made possible by 2021 partners Netflix and Crunchyroll. The GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO is free to attend and will kick off its 12 day program on Thursday, August 26, 2021 and close on Monday, September 6, 2021.
GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO EVENT EXCLUSIVES
This year’s GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will showcase more than 100 different GUNPLA and feature a vast collection of exclusive model kits — including numerous GUNPLA from both the GUNDAM FACTORY YOKOHAMA and THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO that were previously only available in Asia. For 2021, the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO GUNPLA collection will be available during the GUNPLA Live Shopping Experience and on the Premium Bandai USA website at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time in four separate waves:
- August 26, 2021 (Thursday): Wave 1 – Release of 30 items
- August 27, 2021 (Friday): Live Shopping Experience – Release of 12 items
- August 28, 2021 (Saturday): Wave 2 – Release of 24 items
- August 30, 2021 (Monday): Wave 3 – Release of 25 items
- September 1, 2021 (Wednesday): Wave 4 – Release of 24 items
All website sales will end on Monday, September 6, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
Unleash the World of GUNPLA with Adam Savage
Tested is one of the largest content platforms and online communities for makers on YouTube, with more than 5.5 million subscribers. It is led by editor-in-chief Adam Savage, whose storied career began in special effects working on more than 100 TV commercials and a dozen feature films, followed by the role of co-host on the long-running Discovery Channel series MythBusters. For 2021, the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO is collaborating with Tested to produce a one-of-a-kind GUNPLA build video. The GUNPLA workshop video will premiere on the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO website via the Tested YouTube channel.
GUNDAM BASE TOKYO VIRTUAL REALITY TOUR
Attendees of the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will have the opportunity to virtually visit THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO for a tour of the world’s largest and ever-changing GUNPLA exhibition. The tour will be available for the duration of GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO at Gundam.info.
SPECIALLY PRODUCED VIDEO CONTENT
In addition to the Adam Savage GUNPLA Workshop, the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will feature a variety of other specially produced video content including:
“Bringing Gundam to Life” feature video
Gundam.info YouTube Channel Special Screening Series