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VegasTrekCon10: Report & Photos From Star Trek Costume Contest August 11, 2010

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Fandom , trackback

One of the highlights of big Vegas Star Trek Convention over the weekend is the opportunity to see the great costumes fans have been working on all year. Some of them are humorous, some of them are technically challenging, but all of them are fantastic. This year’s contest, which favors high-skill, home made costumes, once again showcased hundreds of great fan-made costumes. Highlights of the event are below.


Costume Content at Creation Star Trek Con 2010

The costume contest seems to grow every year. This year, hundreds of costumed Trekkies paraded across the stage in groups allowing for photo opportunities in between each set of contestants. A big change to the event, however, was the judging. Traditionally, the costume contest winners were chosen by audience vote. Who ever got the loudest cheers won. This year, Creation brought in three guest judges to decide who got the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.

All the finalists on stage together

Winners, chosen by three guest judges, each received Creation Entertainment gift certificates. First place received $500, and second, third (and an added honorable mention) received creation gift certificates. But no one went home empty handed. Each participant in the contest received an 11×14” glossy print of this year’s convention flyer.

Honorable Mention: Neelix and Kes

3rd Place: Pregnant tribble (with buns in the oven)

2nd Place: Klingon

1st Place: Romulan Couple

More photos

Here are some photos of the contestants waiting in line for their turn on stage.

Risan cabana boy

Wesley Crusher and his infamous rainbow sweater

Pair of Orion slave girls

Gorn couple

A trio of Orion slaves

Vulcan couple

A Piece of the Action

Voyager crew

View of the audience from on stage

Even more photos

Costume contest Slideshow

More Vegas Star Con 2010

For more from the con see our full reports:



1. Dalek - August 11, 2010

I think the Vulcan couple are supposed to be Sarek and Amanda. He does look like Sarek a bit!

2. Hat Rick - August 11, 2010

My personal fave in the photos above is Gorn Elvis! :-)

3. Vultan - August 11, 2010

Gorn Elvis for next Trek movie villain!

4. John Gill - August 11, 2010

That Risan Cabana Boy may as well be wearing nothing… LOL

5. Jami ! - August 11, 2010

Gorn Elvis rocks !!

6. Andy Patterson - August 11, 2010

I personally like the “Piece of the Action” gangster guys. Funny.

7. spike - August 11, 2010

Nelix is dating Mrs Brady now?

8. Hat Rick - August 11, 2010

If it were Gorn Elvis running for President against a human, I’d vote for Gorn Elvis, and here’s why:

10. Why vote for the LESSER of two evils? (Old joke.)

9. Superior physical strength.

8. Compound eyes see all.

7. Perpetually friendly grin.

6. Almost beat Kirk!

5. Excellent taste in clothing.

4. Could summon alien fleet to defend Earth.

3. Knows the theory of relativity is wrong (how else did he get here?).

2. Hey, he’s ELVIS!

And the number 1 reason, etc.:


9. Andy Patterson - August 11, 2010

Oh I want to comment on some of these. I shant though.

10. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - August 11, 2010

The Risan cabana boy is WAY too overdressed, get rid of the mesh Girlfriend!

11. Jesse - August 11, 2010

I like Mirror Kirk and Mirror Spock. So many little medals and patches! And an evil goatee, of course.

12. Dee - August 11, 2010


13. Punkspoker - August 11, 2010

Gorn Elvis rocks! I’m stealing the tribble costume for this Halloween.

14. I'm Dead Jim - August 11, 2010

How in the heck did that Romulan couple, or any of the others that placed, beat out Elvis & Priscilla Gorn! I demand a recount!

15. John Trumbull - August 11, 2010

Dude… How could the Elvis Gorn NOT win?

16. TJ Trek - August 11, 2010

ELVIS LIVES! (And don’t you know it was the nerds who always thought so.)

17. Tommunist - August 11, 2010

#14 agreed! WTF?!?!

18. CmdrR - August 11, 2010

Gorn Elvis all the way.
Quick someone, an Gorn Elvis pun… Green Scale Shoes… something…

19. ab - August 11, 2010

very cool

20. That One Guy - August 11, 2010

To Risa!

21. Vultan - August 11, 2010


–Reptilian Minds
–Viva Las Cestus (III)
–You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Metron

22. Captain Braxton - August 11, 2010

2nd Place: Klingon…Bajoran Klingon?

23. Phaser Guy - August 11, 2010

That’s a Kilngon? Looks like some Viking.

24. robogeek - August 11, 2010

How the frak did Gorn Elvis not win?!?!

Clearly he reigns supreme.

All hail Gorn Elvis!

25. Sheldon Cooper - August 11, 2010

Gorn Elvis wins, hands down. What, were there hanging chads on the ballots and he didn’t win the electoral vote??? Next thing you know, the Romulan couple will invade Betazed without provocation…

26. Father Robert Lyons - August 11, 2010

2nd place Klingon looks like Kris Kristofferson having joined a Bajoran Biker club…

Good to know Pony shoes and Baden soccer shin-pads will still be around in 400 years. I think I’ll go invest…

27. Vultan - August 11, 2010

Who judged this competition anyway? Clearly there was an anti-Gorn movement within the electorate. I’m only hoping that Bob Orci doesn’t have the same mindset.

Gorn in Trek 2012!

28. Sebastian - August 11, 2010

The Gorn Elvis guy/gal pair were amazing and funny as hell!

My hats off to ALL the cosplayers; I’ve been going to cons for a decade or so now and I finally found the guts to try cosplaying last year for the first time. It was a little scary at first (as I did it at Comic Con in San Diego in front of 120,000 people), but the reaction was so warm and overwhelmingly positive that I had a blast and would do it again in a heartbeat. I had several celebrities stopping ME to get MY photo! It was terrific. I give any and all thanks to my wife for the initial idea and encouragement.

Cosplayers (the good and even the not-so-good) are the living, breathing ‘atmosphere’ of any good convention! I salute you all.
: )

29. Jim Nightshade - August 11, 2010

The costumes were a lot more creative and better than the vegas con in 06 I went to…

Congrats to everybody for such imagination! Awesome!! I will probably have musical nightmares about Gorn Elvis now….

After all he did play at the Hilton for quite a while haahah

Now I know what happened to the Gorn Dummy at the experience haah

30. robowarrior - August 11, 2010

No closeups of the Ferengi :(

31. Anthony Thompson - August 12, 2010

The Orion slave girls look better than the one in the movie. She looked and behaved like a sorority girl with green skin.

32. Aldo F. Rodriguez - August 12, 2010

Gorn Elvis: Mr. Cawley? Is that you under that costume?

33. Gorn Fishin' - August 12, 2010

Gorn Elvis shoulda won.

Orion slave boys??… i’m gonna have nightmares…

34. James Tyler - August 12, 2010

Gorn Elvis shouldn’t have just won. He should ave his own show. I’d watch that.

35. frederick - August 12, 2010

I wouild never have recognized that 2nd place Klingon as a Klingon. The costume has no Klingon elements from any of the series or movies; none. I say he got lost on the way to the Galaxy Quest con.

36. Father Robert Lyons - August 12, 2010

35 – Everything I see is Bajoran. Bajoran nose ridges, Bajoran belt buckle… perhaps he is the elusive Kingon/Bajoran fusion that everyone’s been searching for!

37. rogerachong - August 12, 2010

Gorn Elvis clearly the winner. I like the Mirror world Spock & Kirk also. That was a great episode.

38. Gorn Fishin' - August 12, 2010


those cleats he’s wearing aren’t Bajoran. They look like.. could they be…
Pony?!?! do they still make those???

39. star trackie - August 12, 2010

Gorn Elvis is aweome. But 1st place? TNG-style Romulans?? Really? Ugh…sadly they look just like them, bad spock wigs and all. Was never a fan of the re-tooled Romulans. But great job on the Tribble outfit!

40. Holger - August 12, 2010

Outstanding costumes all of them! My personal favorites are the Gorn.

41. Red Dead Ryan - August 12, 2010

1. Gorn Elvis/Gorn Couple
2. Guy dressed as Borg
3. Orion Slave Girls

Those people should have been the winners.

I don’t know who did the judging, but it was shoddy. I mean c’mon, the “Klingon” was more like a Bajoran Viking Biker. While the people didn’t have the greatest Romulan costumes and make-up, at least they looked like Romulans, though they still shouldn’t have won.

42. Lt. Bailey - August 12, 2010

You should have seen the Elvis Gorn couple walk through the casino to the back where the ballrooms are. I think one guy missed his role of the dice at the crap table. I would have loved to have seen this Gorn with the Elvis singer that the the Hilton has.

I have to hand it to each person who entered and I say well done everyone. There were a lot of great outfits but I have to go with the Piece of the Action since it is one of my favorite TOS episodes. I hope they did not fly in to McCarren airport with those choppers in their suitcases…. but then again, you can go to the Gun Store as I did back in July and fire a full auto Thompson like they are carrying.

43. Starbase Britain - August 12, 2010

Only in American would you ever see ‘The Gorn’ dressed as Elvis!LOL
Great pics. Great costumes Thanks

44. Elvis Gorn - August 12, 2010

The judges were Jon Povill, the associate producer of Star Trek the Motion picture and someone from Creation Entertainment. It was fun and I would do it again.

45. T.'. - August 12, 2010

To the puny UFP from the Gorn Hegemony:

We would have obliterated your puny Earther vermin from the face of that wretchedly weather-variable world you call home, but for one thing…

The King.

We… We bow in scaly reverence to you, O highly evolved rats of Sol II!! To have produced such musical genius!

Viva Las Vegas!

Thank you very much,

The Gorn Hegemony


46. FrequencySpike - August 13, 2010

I’d like a better picture of that “7 of 9″ behind the gangsters…

47. John from Cincinnati - August 13, 2010

I’ll take the Orion Slave Girls.

Mmm. Mmm. Tasty

48. A - August 13, 2010

That 7 of 9 had a great costume. Her shoes were built right into the costume. It was incredibly well done. She was from Australia. She had to leave early for a show – and I am not sure if she made it past that first round. She’s probably holding her change of clothes.

49. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - August 13, 2010

The GORN couple should have easily won.

50. captain_neill - August 13, 2010

The Romulan couple were excellent. Missed the contest but they Romulan couple were in front of me in the Concert that night. the ridges on their foreheads were also really cool

51. Gorn Captain - August 13, 2010

Gorn Elvis, I salute you!

From a fellow costumed TOS reptile…

52. Le_Pig - August 14, 2010

#2 is not a Kilngon. He’s a very road warrior-like Bajoran. See the bajoran symbol on his belt buckle and his nose.

53. Kevin from Australia - August 15, 2010

The two Orion girls wore different costumes every day. Absolutely lovely people. On the last day one was Andrea from What Are Little Girls Made Of? and the other was Carolyn in her pink dress from Who Mourns for Adonis? Loved them! Forgot their names, but I love them!

54. A - August 17, 2010

I didn’t understand the one Orion was Lady Gaga when I saw her there… but now that I know that I love it. The Ferengi looks great as well and that’s a complex outfit.

I have to say the Wesley LOOKS like Wesley (especially in the episode when he has that 2 minutes as a grown man). The Chatotay was also well done and the mirror/mirror gang has some intricate outfits.

It must be hard to decide what to judge on. Costume intricacies and skill? Humor/Character Concept? Look-alikes? There almost needs to be some separate categories in the judging.

55. Renee - September 19, 2010

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