One of the best things about returning to the in-person convention is all of the amazing cosplays we got to see. At this year’s 55-Year-Mission Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, it was clear that fans have been itching to show off some of their absolutely amazing skills. Many of this year’s cosplay masterpieces could be seen roving the convention hallways, but some of the very best were on full display at the annual costume contest. Of all the entries, only the top 30 got to strut their stuff on the main stage during the actual competition, which was hosted by Star Trek: Discovery’s own Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), with costumes judged by three Trek celebrity judges: Mary Wiseman (Tilly), Noah Averbach-Katz (Ryn), and Robin Curtis (Saavik). Read on to find out who took home the gold (and a $1000 Creation Entertainment gift certificate), and who stole our hearts.
First place winners
Taking first place was a pair of punk rock aliens, a Cardassian and an Andorian. (Who says we can’t have peace in the Quadrant?)
The Cardassian-Andorian punk alliance took home the gold, but a total of four costumes got recognition at the competition. I don’t know how they did it, as all of the costumes were truly outstanding, but the judges chose Lego Spock, Herbert F. Solow (or, well, his title card in front of the Balok puppet), and the Xindi insectoid to win official prizes. We have to say, among these three, the Herbert F. Solow title card has got to be the most creative deep cut meta cosplay EVER, and the Xindi insectoid is beyond outrageous in quality and complexity.
Perhaps the most endearing costume also goes to the insectoid, or rather, the cosplayer inside it. The cosplayer was a young boy, and his mom hand-made the entire costume herself. The only trouble was that the kid was blind as a bat in the costume, and watching him slowly inch his way to the microphone to introduce himself and the costume (and then slowly inch his way back off stage) was maybe the funniest moment of the evening.
TrekMovie’s “Best In Show”
It’s really impossible to choose a favorite, but that’s just what we are going to try to do here. There was one costume that didn’t win a prize, much to our shock. We were absolutely sure that Mini Mirror Michael Burnham wormed her way into the hearts of the judges just as she did ours. A mother-daughter pair in Discovery mirror universe garb took to the stage, and they looked absolutely stunning! More than just the quality and craftsmanship of the costumes, however, was the pizzazz from Mini Michael, who stole the show with her charm and adorableness. For this reason, TrekMovie’s Best In Show prize goes out to Mini Mirror Michael and Mom!
More from the contest
Of course, every cosplayer on the competition stage is a winner in our books! Here is a gallery with more of the competitors.
And more cosplay from around the con
Plus, there were so many more costumes roving the con that didn’t end up in the competition. Check out this gallery of some of our favorites.
More from Vegas
We still have some more from the con, so stay tuned to TrekMovie for updates. And don’t forget to check out the coverage we’ve already posted.