Note: This article is authored by Randy Jennings from the convention floor at Star Trek 2014 Las Vegas. He’s attended and reported on numerous ST and Comic conventions worldwide. Follow Randy at his tumblr
This year’s high level of cosplay, at the largest dedicated Star Trek convention, was a great hit for one and all. Creation Entertainment, the company running the convention, put an added emphasis on cosplay this year, most likely with the growth of cosplay itself as well as various reality TV shows high lighting the cultural phenomenon. Saturday marked the best day to see and be seen as cosplayers showed off their hard work for the attendees plus for that night’s costume competition.
Here we enjoy convention favorites Paul “Spock Vegas” Forest and the ever lovely Joanie Frerichs. Both appeared in numerous costumes throughout the convention and were always happy to pose with fans for photo ops.
The Borg Collective was more than represented by an awesome drone, 7 of 9 in serious need of a shave, our Queen, and Data on the verge of finding himself in the Hive.
The Nibirans were out in force as they proudly represented their primitive yet fierce people for all to see. Later on Karl Urban was kind enough to bless a Nibiran baby at the behest of the village elders.
Sadly the annual zombie crawl of Red Shirts resulted in Garrett Wang being devoured immediately after this picture was taken. RIP Harry Kim.
These fantastic and hand crafted costumes from The Wrath of Khan demonstrated the attention to detail and hours of hard labor put in by these two cosplayers.
The highlight of the night was the highly competitive yet friendly Costume Competition. With close to 2,000 cosplayers taking attending the convention on Saturday, Creation Entertainment had to make the first logical cut by not allowing “regular Starfleet costumes” in the contest. That afternoon, there was first round of the costume contest where the 100 plus contestants were reduced to a more manageable 42. Because of a tie vote amongst the judges, there were two 1st prize winners portraying Balok from the original Star Trek Series and a great Borg queen with her drone. This photo shows some but alas not all of the dedicated cosplayers who made it into the Saturday’s final round.