Fan Dance – DST14 Blog 02 – World Trekord!
by Steve “MidNiteShadow7” Roberts
In the last couple of years there’s been some uncertainty about the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Star Trek Characters‘, from who has held it to what costumes are allowed, so it’s about time someone filled in the blanks as the next attempt by Destination Star Trek 3 approaches!
The year was 2012 in the old Earth calendar, convention goers to Creation Entertainment’s Star Trek Las Vegas were attempting to beat their 2011 Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Star Trek Characters. The record they were endeavouring to smash was 1,040 people, but their persistence was futile – they were unable to get the numbers!
Later in the year Media 10 held the first Star Trek convention in the UK for a very long time when they transported Destination Star Trek London in to the British Capital City that October. They too attempted to beat the 2011 STLV record and they managed to beat it bringing the new Guinness World Record to 1,063.
Fans attending Star Trek Las Vegas in 2013 were not content to leave the World Record with the Brits! Their attempt to set a new record resulted with fans being lucky enough to have Deep Space 9’s very own Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) join in and bring the final count to 1,085!
BUT, the record still stands at 1,063 with the Destination Star Trek London conventioneers!
Why is this? Well the only reason that has been given by the Community Manager of Guinness World Records is that “evidence from the Vegas attempt was not approved by our records team” – I can only surmise that either some of the participants were wearing uniforms that did not meet the specifications of the record or that the evidence collected was lacking in some way.
With STLV now over for 2014 and with no new attempt from Vegas to beat this record, the question now is can the up and coming Destination Star Trek 3 convention beat their own 2012 record? Only time will tell… well unless you have access to the USS Relativity, then maybe you won’t have to wait several weeks!
Now we know that the record can be failed and not just for failing to get enough people, so we need to ask the question how can the attendees of DST3 ensure their participation counts?
To begin with partakers should ensure that the following criteria are met as specified from Guinness World Records:
1. All participants must be wearing costumes representing characters from the Star Trek universe and extended canon.
2. Characters or alien races that have not appeared in official Star Trek canon releases (including television series, motion pictures, novels and comic books) are not permitted.
3. To qualify, all costumes must be full, head-to-toe representations of the chosen character.
4. All participants must wear the costume for the entirety of the attempt.
5. All participants must be in position simultaneously and remain so for a minimum of 10 minutes.
6. A Star Trek expert must be present to attest to the authenticity of the costumes. Details of this individual’s qualifications must be submitted as part of the evidence.
7. The eligibility of characters and the acceptability of costumes to be considered for the attempt remain at the discretion of Guinness World Records.
Now, what is included as Star Trek canon from the television series, motion pictures, novels and comic books? Well isn’t that the million dollar question and a topic of contention between many Star Trek fans to date?!
Through communications with Destination Star Trek it has been confirmed that the Star Trek Online costumes will not be considered canon. This is despite the fact that STO is a fully licenced Star Trek product by CBS.
The fact that getting into attire based on a fully licenced CBS product such as Star Trek Online does not qualify you to be an entrant into the World Record attempt, I personally would suggest that you should only wear costumes that have been seen in the official TV episodes and films.
On an additional note, I noticed from photographs from other Star Trek conventions that fans wear outfits where they are a ship or space station (for example a Borg Cube or Deep Space 9); now the rules specify “characters” and not objects. Nothing officially has been mentioned to me about this from with Guinness World Records or Destination Star Trek, however, I do wonder if this was a possible reason that the STLV record in 2013 was not awarded! Just saying it’s worth a thought if you want to try and be a Record Breaker.
After finding out I cannot dress up in the Star Trek Online costume I had been planning to don. I have now decided that I shall be attempting to be a World Record Breaker dressed as Scotty in the outfit he wore in the Star Trek 3 – 5 films as well as The Next Generation episode Relics.
I do hope that you will join me in the Guinness World Record attempt during the Destination Star Trek 3 convention from October 3rd to 5th 2014. Here at the G&T Show we would love to hear your feedback, please comment here on the G&T forums to tell us if you are planning to join me in the record attempt and why not tell us what you are planning to wear for the event. You can also let us know your thoughts on the failed STLV attempt last year and what you feel should be acceptable as canon character outfits. I look forward to seeing what you all have to say and to meeting you all in London.
Live Long and Prosper, Steve “MidNiteShadow7” Roberts
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In real life Steve works full time in IT providing desktop support, creating web sites, databases and anything else that that needs an IT solution!
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, reading Star Trek novels, playing Star Trek Online, podcasting, audio editing and watching science fiction.