ALIENS 1986 Original Facehugger Conservation and Display

ALIENS - 1986


Our conservation and dramatic

display for a historic movie prop


We were approached by Propmasters.net regarding the preservation of this exceedingly rare original piece of Hollywood history and worked closely with Propmasters owner, David Oliver to achieve the always delicate balance of restoration and conservation work, as well as a display that would meet his (and our own) high standards.


After many hours of careful cleaning of the piece, we set about to conserve the original material, repairing cracks and tears, and adding some small material to bridge a few gaps and complete the piece.


As always, we painstakingly painted only those affected areas and not painting over any original material.  Finally, the entire piece was generously sealed, to help hold any flaking paint and help bind the smaller age-related cracks seen throughout the piece.


For decades, the piece had been stored on an acrylic bell-jar and the client requested we incorporate that into the display. We envisioned a museum style display, with a hint of theming in the form of metal-look grating and an eerier green light from below.  The end result is a fairly stunning display of a truly iconic piece. 


We are proud to have helped conserve this incredible film prop and would like to extend a huge thanks to David at Propmasters.net for this wonderful opportunity!




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An original Facehugger, from the 1986 movie, ALIENS, shown prior to our conservation and display work

A bit of dust accumulated over the years and careful cleaning required quite a few hours.  Overall condition was quite good, considering

Many of the cracks and gaps were able to be repaired without adding material.  A few larger areas were restored by our artists

Once the repairs were complete, careful touchup paint was applied only to those areas and the entire piece sealed.

The completed display, a museum style base with a touch of theming to give the creature some context and style.

We incorporated the client's existing bell-jar into our design and added subtle lighting (which is made more dramatic and creepy in a dimly lit room!).

Aliens 1986 Facehugger movie prop restoration and display
Aliens 1986 Facehugger movie prop restoration and display
Aliens 1986 Facehugger movie prop restoration and display
Aliens 1986 Facehugger movie prop restoration and display
Aliens 1986 Facehugger movie prop restoration and display
Aliens 1986 Facehugger movie prop restoration and display