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Toy Tengoku – Episode 39 – Melon Kuma Contest Winners

It was tremendously difficult, with all the fantastic entries, but now the results are revealed! Check out all the award winners in our first-ever Toy Tengoku contest, featuring art of Melon Kuma devouring a diverse flock of figures… and wait until you see the Grand Prize champions!

Items featured in this video:

Kotobukiya 1/7 Makinami Mari Illustrious Plug Suit Style PVC
Sentinel RIO:Bone Kanchi
MegaHouse Stuffed Collection Kuma from Persona4
Max Factory Figma Fate Testarossa Sonic Form Ver
Wave Accel World Kuroyukihime
Yamato GN-U Dou Macross Plus YF-19

Entries in the Melon Kuma Contest Winners:


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  1. Hello Ardith and Robin. This is the first time have watched an episode of toy tengoku. I was amazed. Im a hobbyist and love Japanese model kits but after watching your show I have been drawn into another great aspect of Japanese culture. You guys got it made. Two questions though. Where are you from originally? and was it hard assimilating to living in Japan?

  2. This is Abdul wareth laham (animator abdul) and I am so happy 1st for the prize !! 2nd for all the great comment my drawing got from you guys and you literally commented on each and every thing I personally like about my drawing!!
    you guys rock … thanks for the great time you have forced us to put for the contest …

    And yes …. Koji ROCKS !

  3. Robin & Ardith, thank you for hosting this contest and for the commentary/attention you gave each entry. I particularly enjoyed watching and viewing all the submissions as they came in – each a different and creative approach to depicting MELON KUMA! It’s been many years since I’ve entered a contest and yours has been an inspiring experience for me – thank you for providing the extra awards, there indeed were many deserving entries that merited attention. Overall, you both did a fantastic job and have my admiration for judging an art contest – I don’t think I could do it!

  4. They’re all very good works. Congratulations to all the runner ups, 2nd runner ups and winners!

    I don’t think I lost, I really enjoyed this. haven’t drawn anything on paper for a long time and this had been a ice breaker for me.

    Hyped for the future competitions now! XD

  5. برافو عبد الوارث

  6. @Derrick Cordray: Thanks very much for your comment! Ardith and I are both originally from the U.S. As far as assimilating to life in Japan, it’s probably different for everyone, and for me at least it took a little longer than I thought it would, but basically it’s pretty similar to moving into a new house or apartment–things feel a bit weird for a while, and then at some point you realize you automatically think of it as “home.”

  7. Holy crow, there were sooo many excellent entries!! I can see why it would have been such a tough task trying to select the winners. All the artists did such a great job and have amazing talent. Well done everyone!

    I suspect Robin, Ardith, and Ryan had so much fun with this contest that they are probably already pondering T.T.’s next contest theme. 🙂


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