It was a Trekkers dream over the weekend here in Las Vegas, with records shattered and iconic actors paid tribute by their legions of rabid fans. The 2011 Official “Star Trek” Convention was held at Rio Las Vegas, just off the Strip, Aug. 11-14.
We popped in on Aug. 13, just in time to catch an appearance by Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy.
The sci-fi icon was warmly greeted (understatement of the millennium), and Nimoy bid fans a touching farewell, since this is the last time he’ll appear at the event because he’s retiring from acting. Yes, this blog got a little weepy along with all the other “Star Trek” nerds, thank you.
Leonard Nimoy recounted stories from the long, colorful history of “Star Trek,” including how he improvised his now-famous Vulcan hand salute on-set during the taping of the “Amok Time” episode in the original “Star Trek” series. The salute was inspired by a Jewish blessing performed by priests, and the hand symbol represents the Hebrew letter “Shin.”
Another highlight of the “Star Trek” convention was a new world record for “Most ‘Star Trek’ Costumes in One Place.” The previous record of 691 was trounced at Rio Las Vegas, with a new record of 1,040.
We caught some video as the count hit 1,000. The exuberance of “Star Trek” fans is pretty evident in this clip.
From what we hear, there were dozens more people in costume who didn’t make it into the room for the official count in time. There’s always next year!
Click here for a poorly-stitched panorama of the colorfully-costumed crowd, just as the record-breaking moment was announced.
The weekend was overflowing with photo and autograph opportunities, and “Star Trek” fans shifted into hyperdrive with elaborate, detailed costumes from a variety of “Star Trek” films and the full array of “Star Trek”-inspired TV series.
Other convention events included a lavish reception at VooDoo Lounge atop the Rio, seminars, a “Klingon Summit,” trivia and costume contests and other Tribble-riffic (possibly not a real word) excuses to get together and talk “Trek.”
No, really, he looks familiar.
Many fans also got their first peek at the new version of Monopoly, the “Star Trek Klingon Limited Edition.”
And don’t even get us started about the giddy buzz surrounding the $1.5-billion-dollar “Star Trek” theme park set to open in Jordan in 2014. Learn more.
Naturally, we have an exclusive photo gallery from the official 2011 “Star Trek” convention. We dare you to remain unphased. (See what we did there?)
Star Trek Convention 2011