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This post is part of Geek Takeover Week 2014.

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The Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas organized by Creation Entertainment is the world’s largest gathering of Trekkies – over 12,000 – held annually in the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino. I’ve attended the past several conventions (here are my pictures from 2011, 2012, and 2013) noticing a once timid minority of cosplayers several years ago has rapidly inspired an evolving environment of creative costumes from all over the Trek universe.

Seeing the first Andorian walking around the casino drinking hard cider is actually what makes the Star Trek convention feel like you’re near the final frontier; not some aging lady on a respirator spending her last breaths futility trying to win millions at a slot machine. Completely fan generated, cosplay is one of the reasons nerds travel – it creates an organic atmosphere no overcharging corporate entity could imagine squeezing from their profits.

Those of you who’ve never been can take a look at my insider’s guide to saving money at the Las Vegas Star Trek Con after being tractor beamed for a visit next year by taking a look at some of the best costumes I was able to photograph earlier this month.

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An Andorian Red Shirt And Terran From The Mirror Universe

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Two Klingon Warriors

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Elementary, Dear Data’s Georgi La Forge

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Data And The Borg Queen

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Horned Dog From TOS Episode “The Enemy Within”

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Steampunk Red Shirt With Space Lincoln

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A Borg And His Queen

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Doctor Chaotica And Arachnia

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Mirror Universe Terran

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Borg Cube And Seven Of Nine

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Hirogen

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Starfleet Officer With Cardassian

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Neelix And Kes

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Andorian

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Federation President

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Mirror Uhura And Evil Spock

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Zombie Vulcan

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Moogie

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Andorian Elvis Taking A Picture Of Droxine From TOS “The Cloud Minders”

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I Laughed Every Time I Saw The Two In White From The Next Generation’s “Justice”

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These were only some of the pictures I was able to take of those in costume and around the convention, you can see the rest in my Las Vegas gallery here.