Andre the Giant
$20 + Shipping (Available on MattyCollector)
A few weeks ago, Wesitron reviewed the new WWE Legends Andre The Giant figure. Up until that point, I wasn’t 100% sure if I would be purchasing Andre or not. Which is strange when you consider that Andre is my all time favorite wrestler.
Eventually, thanks no doubt in part to Wesitron’s review, I decided to plunk down the $30 or so it cost (with shipping) from MattyCollector.com and get the big man. From the moment I first laid eyes on the giant as a kid, I was enamored with him. His massive size and power made him basically unstoppable. As an impressionable youngster, nothing seemed cooler than Andre the Giant. As time has went on, my appreciation of Andre has grown.
So is Andre worth it, if you’re on the fence about him? The Road to Wrestlemania continues with this exclusive second look at Mattel’s giant-sized Andre!
Just in case you didn’t believe Wesitron, yes Virgina, he does come in a mailer box.
Wes hypothesized that Andre’s container was bigger than anyone else’s. Upon first look, I thought Andre had the biggest package around (huh huh) as well. However, with a quick reference check, Andre’s bubble card is the same as everyone else’s. I suppose it just looks bigger because Andre fills a lot more of it.
The back of the box talks about the infamous Wrestlemania III showdown between Hogan and Andre. I guess that’s fitting, but I hate it that Andre’s career has basically been reduced to one match. Andre had a legendary career that saw him tour all over the world and become a household name not only in the USA, but in every major nation on the planet. You’d think there would be more to say…
This figure is a bit of a mixed bag. The head sculpt is generally pretty good, but it’s still missing something that truly makes it “Andre”. By 1987, Andre’s head had grown pretty big (physically, not hypothetically) and as a result he had a really large forehead. Almost like a Neanderthal. This figure has a big head, but it’s more jaw than forehead.
And then there’s this beard/stubble thing going on. I have no idea why Mattel added this in as Andre rarely if ever sported any sort of 5 o’clock shadow. He certainly didn’t sport any stubble during his Wrestlemania III match. I’m really surprised more people aren’t upset about this stubble!
The figure is appropriately huge, towering over everyone else in the WWE collection. That’s a great thing in my book and the bigger Andre is, the better. As his mythos has grown, so has his larger than life status in many fan’s minds.
I was suprised to find that Andre does indeed have a new chest. It’s not reused from Dusty Rhodes or the Big Show. That’s a definitely plus. Kudos to Mattel for sculpting some new parts. Underneath he’s just got black trunks on. I would have liked it if Mattel had made his trunks yellow or red or blue, as Andre often wore just trunks when he wrestled in the early 80s. This could have given us two versions of Andre.
I also didn’t have any issues with staining. I don’t know if I just got lucky or what. I’ve heard other folks complain about Andre’s singlet giving the figure stains. I will say that the quality on the cloth singlet isn’t as good as I’d liked. There’s already starting to be a bit of fray on it.
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Even though the sculpt isn’t perfect, it is nice to have Mattel’s take on Andre the Giant. There are many things that I think could have been improved, such as larger hands or a more accurate face sculpt, but this isn’t a bad Andre by any means.
Although Andre was never the most mobile man around, he was actually a lot more agile than you might expect. In his younger days Andre was able to come off the top rope and even do some dropkicks. As he got older and his health issues greatened, along with weight gain, he didn’t do as much.
Ultimately you shouldn’t have any problem getting Andre into any of his iconic poses and even a few he likely never did. With one exception… The Bearhug! While you can have Andre do a bearhug, he can’t clasp his hands. That’s unfortunate, because other figures like Kozlov can but apparently the big gut of Andre prevents it.
This is where I’m going to really beat Mattel up…
Andre comes with a vac-metal version of the classic “winged eagle” WWF title belt. First, don’t all eagles have wings? Secondly, this wasn’t what the WWF World Title looked like back in 1987. However in 1988 when Andre DID win the WWF title, it was this belt. He immediately sold the belt to the Million Dollar Man, in a classic old school angle.
Back then the WWF didn’t recognize Andre’s win, since it was won under controversy when there was an evil twin referee involved and because Andre tried to sell the belt. For what it’s worth, that belt didn’t fit Andre, nor does this one.
Interestingly in the build-up to the 1987 Wrestlemania III match between Hogan and Andre, the WWF made a custom belt for Andre “if he won”. It had a massive 72 inch strap. I would have loved for Mattel to include this belt with the figure.
But even if they didn’t include that, they SHOULD have given us something else. The belt just isn’t enough. Given that this is likely the only Andre they’ll ever give us, why not include an alternate head with bigger sideburns or an afro? Why not include Andre’s iconic blue singlet as well?
At $20 plus shipping, Andre is expensive. These Legends figures are a great deal at $15, but really start to stretch it when you’re paying nearly twice that to have one arrive at your door from MattyCollector. Andre is far from perfect and lacks a lot of accessories. His belt is nice, but other figures also include that belt, making Andre not that special.
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 7
Articulation – 8
Accessories – WWF Title Belt
Value – 6
Overall – 7 out of 10
Andre gets a decent 7 out of 10. He’s a pretty good Andre, but he’s not perfect. The goofy beard and the lack of accessories, plus the high pricetag puts him just out of reach of perfection. I would have loved this figure to be even better and I’m doubtful we’ll get another Andre.
Andre’s still not a bad figure and with a few minor modifications, he can be pretty awesome. So long as you can get past the high pricetag and the lack of accessories, he’s a worthy pick up. I love Andre, so I’m glad I decided to part with my dollars and snag him.