Dragonslayer Life-sized Dragon Conservation and Display

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The original Vermithrax Pejorative dragon head from the movie Dragonslayer.  The classic prop was life-sized, so quite big, as the photo with Melissa shows!  The first to images show the head as it arrived, in need of some repair, and the shot with Melissa is about mid-way through our work.

Behind the scenes of the work, Tom, Melissa and Patrick are shown, Mike Thomas worked on the restoration as well.  A completely removable neck was crafted by Pat and Tom, to complete the piece as a (very big!) wall mounted display.

Dragon Slayer Dragon from Dragonslayer 1981 Disney Movie
Dragon Slayer Dragon from Dragonslayer 1981 Disney Movie
Dragon Slayer Dragon from Dragonslayer 1981 Disney Movie Foam scultping
Dragon Slayer Dragon from Dragonslayer 1981 Disney Movie Restoration
Dragon Slayer Dragon from Dragonslayer 1981 Disney Movie Restoration
Dragon Slayer Dragon from Dragonslayer 1981 Disney Movie Foam Sculpting
Dragon Slayer Dragon from Dragonslayer 1981 Disney Movie Restoration
Dragon Slayer Dragon from Dragonslayer 1981 Disney Movie Pic
Dragon Slayer Dragon from Dragonslayer 1981 Disney Movie Image
Dragon Slayer Dragon from Dragonslayer 1981 Disney Movie
Dragon Slayer Dragon from Dragonslayer 1981 Disney Movie
Dragon Slayer Dragon from Dragonslayer 1981 Disney Movie

The completed restoration/display!  As always, we were careful not to over-do our work, and kept the paint and finish style very much original.  We also created a welded wall mount, hidden by the carved foam neck we created, which magnetically attaches.

Additional photos, including a shot during the packing days.  Yes, we said "days!"  As often happens, we put several days of work into carefully packing the pieces for transport to the dragon's new home.

Our conservation display work for this incredible, life-sized prop head from the 1981 classic film, Dragonslayer!


We're all fans of movies here and Dragonslayer is one of our faves.  The design of the dragon in that film has held up as the ultimate movie dragon, the first time someone really got it right.

To have one of the original, life-sized Vermithrax Pejorative heads in the studio was a real thrill.


This was the "B" style head, consisting of a combination of sculpted elements (the top of the head and horns) and fabricated foam carving (the jaw).  Articles from the time mention it's extensive use in the film.


The size was quite massive.  Nearly 8 feet long from snout to the end of the horns.


In the dragon's time at our studio, we carefully cleaned the entire prop, repaired and reattached the chin "fins", restored the skin and paint where needed, crafted a welded support mount for the prop and even scratch built a new neck for the dragon.


SPECIAL THANKS to Prop Store of London for their work originally recovering this piece of movie history and safely shipping to to our studios!






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Dragon Slayer movie prop video