The hero Rhonda Worm puppet broke many times while shooting and constantly had to be repaired. 1/3 of the movie was shot with the original puppet, 1/3 after undergoing repairs by Troy Smith, and the final 1/3 after repairs once again. In the final film, you can clearly see three different "looks" for Rhonda Worm and this is why.
During the chase out of Turkey Hell, the Blarth suit got caught on the cave set, causing the monster with Troy inside to crash to the floor. Because the suit was built of foam, he was protected and uninjured.
The Blarth (FrankenTurkey) suit was worn and performed by creature effects designer Troy Smith. The suit itself was built out of wood, chicken wire and spray foam, ultimately making it incredibly heavy. A small monitor was attached inside for Troy to operate from.