Level Up Entertainment's Free Comic Book Day Model Builders Competition 2019


It’s that time again! Model Builders unite as our third building competition begins! this Free Comic Book Day on May 4th 2019!

Level Up Model Builders Competition

Basic Rules for Level Up Model Competition

  • Models must be plastic model kits from Level Up Entertainment. Receipts will be used in entry form. Receipts can be submitted within form digitally or brought into or reprinted within the store after a form has been submitted.

  • Models must be High Grade, or equivalent kits.

  • Models must be at least 75% original model when making modifications

  • Only one entry is allowed per person.

  • Builders age 12 and under will be entered into the Youth Division.

  • Builders above age 12 will compete in the Adult Division

  • Entry forms must be submitted by April 19th, 2019

  • Entered model kit must be present and left at the store May 3rd, by closing (9pm) for display the next day.

There will be prizes for both Adult and Youth divisions to be announced at a later date.

You do not need to be present to win. Model kits will be judged May 4th. Prizes can be claimed from the store.

Judging Criteria

Models will be judged by a pre-picked panel of judges. Votes will be taken during Free Comic Book Day from patrons, but this votes will not count towards the overall winner - they will only count towards bragging rights as the most popular model kit of Free Comic Book Day 2019.

Judges will be using the following criteria for judging individual models:

Construction - 10 points

This category will take into account how well the model was built, from general construction, nub marks, seam lines and everything in between. The more effort you put into putting the model together and getting rid of evidence of its construction, the better your score will be.

Finish - 10 points

This category will take into account how the finished model looks. You’ll lose points based on is there are still visible scratches from sanding, uneven topcoats, chipping paint, decal placement and blending, and more.

Technical/Modifications - 3 points

This category will take into account kitbashing, added LEDs, weathering or battle damage, any and all modifications made to a kit, along with posing of the model. This category isn’t as significant as the others but can give you the extra push to make the win!

Please note your entry may be disqualified/not displayed for the following:

  1. Work which is Offensive/Questionable - model kits must not contain nudity or extreme violence. Any model kit depicting violence or hate against a particular racial, ethnic, or sexual group is prohibited. If you have any questions about if your model kit meets these requirements contact us at Contact@levelupentertainment.com

  2. Work which is mimicked or copied off of someone else’s work. (this rule does not apply to contestants submitting duplicate kits)

Other Information

Event organizers shall endeavor to take care of all submitted entries. However, they shall not be held liable for any loss or damages should they occur.

Judges decision is final; no further correspondence will be entertained.

By entering, contestants agree to Level Up Entertainment to use submitted works and personal information (photograph, title, comments, winning models’ images taken by us, images which were sent to us for the final judging and actual winning pieces) for the purposes listed below:

  1. Publishing in any Level Up Entertainment media (including online, social media,  and print).

  2. Displaying at various events.

  3. Publishing in other forms for the purpose of promoting this competition and Gunpla.

  4. Contestants agree to us altering images by adjusting colors, cropping, correcting typographical errors in comments and title, editing comments etc. for the purposes listed above.

  5. The organizer will be extremely careful while handling your work, but we cannot fully guarantee its safety.

  6. Managing entries to this competition.

  7. Contacting entrants to verify and/or to inform winning announcements as well as inquiry correspondence.

  8. Displaying the submitted work with the contestant’s name, as well as other purposes for using works.

We do not share contestant’s private information with third parties without entrants’ permission, except under conditions that are necessary for fulfilling legal obligations, or to use for publications and other things that are listed in the official rules.’


If you have any question pertaining to this competition in anyway, contact us at contact@levelupentertainment.

Please fill out the form below to enter

Name *
Group *
I have read and understood the rules for the competition as listed above *

Halloween Comicfest 2018!

Halloween Comicfest 2018!

Halloween Comicfest is a FREE, spooktacular one day event where anyone can visit Level Up Entertainment for a selection of free comic books, save big on store-wide sales, participate in the area's largest costume contest, meet special guests, play games, shop local vendors and artists, and much more.

Model Builder's Competition Follow-Up

Thank all of you who participated in our FIRST EVER Model Builder's Competition! It went so much better than any of us at the store expected, and we're super happy that you all enjoyed yourselves! This competition would all be for nothing if it wasn't for our great Builders in our local community, thanks again!

Now that the competition is over and passed, we wanted to hear from you! For those of you who competed in the competition, you should have gotten an e-mail asking to take part in our survey, and many of you did! We're very excited for the feedback, wanted to give an overview of what those people said, and wanted to address these inputs by telling you what we plan on doing going forward. 

Now these are ONLY responses from people who competed in this years Model Builder's Competition, so it's no everyone's input. If you want your voice to be heard, then let us know in the comments! 

We'll start by going question by question of the survey our contestants filled out, going over what they said, and how we will address their input in the future.

1)Overall how satisfied were you with the competition?

This is a fairly generic question, but it seems overall everyone was pretty pleased with the competition! Yay!

2)Were you satisfied with the model display?

In this category we did have some complaints about model placement, seeing as there were some straight models and some dioramas. For future events we will be looking into better displaying techniques, also we're looking into splitting competitions into different themes/categories. There's more on this at later questions.

3)Did you feel the rules posted on LevelUpEntertainment.com were clear and easy to follow?

It seems like the rules were overall okay, and lead to no confusion.

4) How interested were you in the prizes?

All the competitors seemed pretty okay with the prizes, some of you want to see more prizes in the future, and just from talking with people it might be worthwhile announcing the prizes earlier so people don't buy the models that are prizes before the event. We got our prizes donated to us from our distributor, who is willing to give us more for bigger events, and also we as a store can add to this category if a lot of you continue to compete.

Is there any prizes specifically you'd like to see? More Master Grades? A couple High Grades instead of one Master grade? Tools? 

5) If a future event had a theme (Halloween, Holiday, etc.) would you still be interested in participating?

There was a fairly positive response to this. Our plan was for Halloween Comicfest to have a Halloween or general Spooky themed build event, like make a Dracula Gundam or a Haunted Millennium Falcon. We'd have a different voting for these events. We'd want to do a full popular vote for this, making the voting be completely up to attendees of the event. We'd look to do popular votes for Free Comic Book Day and Halloween Comic Fest, but doing a professional vote for other competitions done in store and not during an event. This way you can prepare your model and display accordingly; more dazzle and less effort into a popular vote but more work and quality in a professionally voted event.

6) How do you feel we could improve?

We really want to here your input on this, contestant or not. We really are looking to improve in every way possible for these events and competition. 

From our surveys from the contestants we got a couple good suggestions. One was more events, which we are very excited and willing to do for your guys. As explained before we want to do more contests with Professional voting and Popular voting, also with different themes. We also heard for competition categories, like single kit, mutli-kit, diorama, etc., we'd be looking into doing these, specifically for the smaller professional vote competitions. We also heard that you all wanted the store to carry more supplies and tools, and we are looking into it! Hopefully more model related supplies will be a thing we carry in the near future.

But now we want to ask you? What do you think about our responses? Do you have any extra input you'd like us to hear? Anyway you'd like to see the competitions and event done differently? Let us know! Comment on this blog or on our posts about them! We love hearing from you; it's the only way we improve!