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robstyle

Master Member
After filming of the original Childs Play movie Tom Holland kept a hero Chucky doll. Not certain which one, but his new puppy thought it was a great chew toy one day when left home alone.
 

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Mr Mold Maker

Sr Member
I don’t know if this was previously mentioned (can’t read all 18 pages right now, sorry!) but every Michael Myers mask from Halloween 1 & 2, except for the H1/2 Hero mask, have been lost or destroyed. It was rumored that the Stunt masks may be in a crew members estate but it was never confirmed, and judging by the condition the H1/2 hero is in, it is very likely the masks have long since rotten.

The Part 3 Jason hero Hockey mask sat on the wall outside of an FX shop, until it eventually degraded and was ultimately thrown away.
 

Duncanator

Sr Member
What about the 8 foot TESB Star Destroyer and the large scale X-Wing that first got lost, then were found damaged and then got repaired by ILM?

Tim
I'd like to debunk this myth:
The 8 foot Star Destroyer and 4 foot X-Wing were never lost.

They were damaged while being shipped to the Smithsonian to be displayed in a temporary exhibition along with a bunch of other Star Wars models. When the Smithsonian opened the crates, they notified us at ILM of the damage. Then they stabilized everything, and returned them to the Modelshop for us to repair.
One cool thing was that the Smithsonian people didn't just close up the crates and send them back. Instead, they packaged up every piece that broke off in individual ziplock bags so that nothing was lost - even the fiber-optic strands and crate sawdust. they were very thorough!
The X-Wing's internal armature had failed. It had been made of acrylic, which had grown brittle over the years. The wings had fallen off in transport, and then bounced around causing damage to other parts. It kinda looked like a giant model kit when we opened the crate back in the modelshop.
The Star Destroyer's bridge broke off and was smashed up, and the port-side upper surface of the main body had a big crack in it (it was also made of acrylic). Also numerous trench details had fallen off - lots of ziplocks for these!

It was a childhood fantasy come true to get to work on the repair of these models. I got into the industry largely because of those films, and here I was piecing the bridge of the ship that I had seen all those years ago back together alongside the guys who built it originally.
 

JediMichael

Sr Member
They were damaged while being shipped to the Smithsonian to be displayed in a temporary exhibition along with a bunch of other Star Wars models. When the Smithsonian opened the crates, they notified us at ILM of the damage. Then they stabilized everything, and returned them to the Modelshop for us to repair.
One cool thing was that the Smithsonian people didn't just close up the crates and send them back. Instead, they packaged up every piece that broke off in individual ziplock bags so that nothing was lost - even the fiber-optic strands and crate sawdust. they were very thorough!
The X-Wing's internal armature had failed. It had been made of acrylic, which had grown brittle over the years. The wings had fallen off in transport, and then bounced around causing damage to other parts. It kinda looked like a giant model kit when we opened the crate back in the modelshop.
The Star Destroyer's bridge broke off and was smashed up, and the port-side upper surface of the main body had a big crack in it (it was also made of acrylic). Also numerous trench details had fallen off - lots of ziplocks for these!

It was a childhood fantasy come true to get to work on the repair of these models. I got into the industry largely because of those films, and here I was piecing the bridge of the ship that I had seen all those years ago back together alongside the guys who built it originally.
Which Smithsonian anyways? In summer 1998, I was in Washington D.C. with the family and they had the models on display then. Was really cool to go see them.
 

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drftfan

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There is a pretty famous story about some of the screen used batsuits. When the Batshop was closed up after Batman & Robin there were instructions that suits and props were to be destroyed. The story goes that suits were being shredded. Back in the late 90's these things weren't a priority for preservation. Alot of things were reused on Batman & Robin from Batman Forever so that also cut down on the items that survived. Another rumor persists that some of the better items were spared and made their way into private collectors hands.
 
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