This post is part of Geek Takeover Week 2014.
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.
An Andorian Red Shirt And Terran From The Mirror Universe
Two Klingon Warriors
Elementary, Dear Data’s Georgi La Forge
Data And The Borg Queen
Horned Dog From TOS Episode “The Enemy Within”
Steampunk Red Shirt With Space Lincoln
A Borg And His Queen
Mirror Universe Terran
Borg Cube And Seven Of Nine
Starfleet Officer With Cardassian
Andorian Elvis Taking A Picture Of Droxine From TOS “The Cloud Minders”
I Laughed Every Time I Saw The Two In White From The Next Generation’s “Justice”
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.
Not gonna let you off the hook so easily – we demand to see a photo of you in costume!
I’m one step away from attending in full costume, next year!
Heard that before…ejem…-_o!
My favourites are the Borg Cube and Seven of Nine, not everyone can get so close to the truth, ha ha! 😉
I need to find a way to pack a bat’leth and get it through airport security. Maybe I can beam one in next year… 🙂
The above pic is not a Hirogen. They look similar but He’s the Alien Warrior Comic. Completely different from Hirogen
I hadn’t heard of that before but Google seems to confirm. Not a Trek thing though, right? That’s where my confusion started.