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The Terminator Self-Repair T-800 Puppet 35 Years Later

By: On February 28th, 2019

The Terminator franchise used to have such a strong relationship with practical effects, which is our preferred art medium vs CG, but sometimes the props themselves don’t have a physical longevity which is inkeeping with the lifespan of the film,- and can deteriorate with time.

This famous Arnold Schwarzenegger puppet has seen better days, and now looks more like a mummified corpse…

The images were taken at the Profiles in History auction house on a visit by David Woodruff (son of Tom Woodruff Jr. – a stalwart of the Stan Winston Studios team).

One of our favorite images was the side-by-side recreation with Tom reuniting with this slightly worse-for-wear T-800 Unit…

Categories: Arnold SchwarzeneggerBehind The ScenesCastCharactersJames CameronMoviesStan WinstonStan Winston School of Character ArtsT-800T-800 Battle DamagedThe Terminator (1984)Tom WoodruffVFX


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James T
James T

His hair has certainly thinned out a little lol…


It looks like someone that has had botched plastic surgery too many times…..actually saying that…it kinda looks like Micky Rourke now lol

Jonathan Ferguson
Jonathan Ferguson

Why does it look completely different? The lips drawn back, the damaged eye repaired? Even the proportions look different. Woodruff Jr even seems uncertain exactly what this is.

Amanda Pike
Amanda Pike

Someone should contact Tom Spina, he does excellent prop restorations.

Stan Morsky
Stan Morsky

This is specifically a head used for the close-up when the Terminator inserts the x-acto knife into his eyeball. You can tell due to the raised eyebrow (where he holds it with his finger) is hard-sculpted into it.