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:
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).
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!
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 Gunpla.com 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.
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.
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.