Bandai is considering the possibility of having a Gundam Expo in the U.S. Essentially this is a display of their current and upcoming gundam merchandise along with informational booths and exclusive convention only items.
This would be the first time I've been told that there would be something of this size in the U.S. and they are looking at a few possible venues in the U.S. to facilitate the event. In giving this initial run a great start, I've suggested to Bandai that we bring out Hajime Katoki to the U.S. to do a panel at one of these conventions, and also possibly judge a Model Contest event while he's around.
Bandai's overseas hobby department has been fairly receptive to my suggestions so I'm somewhat confident this will get a greenlight, but it is a bit of a taller request than my usual inquiries. Still, this is more concrete than anything in the past since they've not had someone who's been a U.S. consumer; they're getting a good perspective of the U.S. market.
In any case I'm curious what sort of preference people would have for the venue if this were to occur. Please give it a vote.