Trek4Kids: My Star Trek Las Vegas Convention Experience September 4, 2008by James Trowbridge , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Trek for Kids , trackback
In August my dad took me to the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas for my birthday once again this year, so I thought I would write a review of my second big convention. Overall, the convention was entertaining. This year was special to me because it is the last time I would ever see Star Trek: The Experience at the same time as the convention.
I have such fond memories of going on The Klingon Encounter and Borg Invasion 4D and dining at Quark’s. I am disappointed that the Las Vegas Hilton did not keep The Experience for at least one more year because of the new movie. If the Star Trek (2009) is successful and there is a new fan base, then the Hilton will have wanted to keep The Experience. If I go to next year’s convention, it will not be the same without The Experience.
There were numerous panels with the actors, producers, writers and composers of Star Trek. Some of my favorite panels were the ones with Brent Spiner and Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Scott Bakula, Jeffrey Combs and J.G. Hertzler, and of course Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto. A big highlight for me was when Avery Brooks invited me up on the stage to ask my question. Another was when Leonard Nimoy personally introduced me to Zachary Quinto onstage. I am still very grateful for the kind invitation that Mr. Nimoy extended last year to my family and me to attend the premiere of the new movie. I also appreciate that he took some time out of his busy schedule during the convention to talk with my dad and me.
Me with Mr. Brooks, Mr. Nimoy and Mr. Quinto
There were other kids at the convention, and since there aren’t a lot of kids at my school who are into Trek, it was great to meet a few people my age who like Star Trek as much as I do! Some of us participated in the costume contest, which is cool that they had special category for kids. I went as Spock, but didn’t win. The participation prize was a large photo of the program cover. I preferred last year’s prize which was a unique photo of all of the convention guests from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
I am 4th from left, kid on far right won
One of my favorite parts was seeing the Star Trek Online panel. Star Trek Online looks like it will be an excellent Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). I am excited by the idea of an MMORPG because it will make it easier for me to talk with people about Star Trek as if I were in the Star Trek universe. I think it is good that the game takes place in a time that has not been shown in the Star Trek series. I feel like they would limit their possibilities if they chose any of the time periods in which the various series are set. When the presenter of the panel talked about the ancient enemies, the first thing that came to mind was enemies like the Gorn and the Tholians, but I am curious to know what these “ancient enemies” really are. I like the idea that you have to build your character and design your own ship, starbase, or shipyard. It is also cool that you start off as a lower rank in a less powerful ship and work your way up. I also like the idea of being able to team up into fleets to work together to accomplish the mission. I can’t wait till Star Trek Online comes out!
In addition to panels, there was a large vendors’ room. I spent a lot of time at the Mattel booth. They were developing a DVD trivia game, called Star Trek Scene It?. For this game there was a board with game pieces representing different ships and the objective is to get to the end first by answering Star Trek trivia questions that are linked to scenes on a DVD. They are also developing a game called Star Trek 20Q. The game is in the shape of the Enterprise, which is cool because it represents Star Trek. The idea is to think of any item that has appeared in Star Trek, and the computer asks 20 questions about it in order to guess the answer. They are building the database so they need people to train the system by playing the game, which I did at the convention. I was able to stump the computer twice with the Cardassian warship and the Borg Queen! You can play online at: http://www.20q.net/startrek/. They are also developing a set of Star Trek R/C Flyers. These are replicas of the original Enterprise in various sizes that fly by radio control. I think the flyers will be a good product to get kids interested in Star Trek. I can’t wait to see what other products Mattel will release for the new movie–the future of Star Trek is in your hands! Another cool thing was the captain’s chair at the Roddenberry booth, and they let you sit in it, which I did.
Captain James T.
Hopefully, this convention will keep the Star Trek spirit alive for a long time. LONG LIVE STAR TREK!
Live Long and Prosper,
More from James: check out James T.’s past ‘Trek for kids’ blogs.