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Friday (Andre the Giant mask for sale) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Sports Updated: August 26, 2011 - 9:29 AM

What do you do on a Friday morning when you've already run out of things to say about the Twins and you can't think of a tasteful entry point for the Derek Jeter/Minka Kelly break-up news? You sit and wait for something to land in your e-mail inbox. Like this, per a press release:

Latex artist SikRik has completed his Andre the Giant Limited Edition Latex Mask project. It was produced with permission from Andre the Giant TM, licensed by Andre R.Roussimoff Testimentary Trust, www.AndretheGiant.com and CMG Worldwide.

Only 35 numbered copies will be produced, and they can be preordered for $125.00 USD plus S/H at www.sikrikmasks.com. After that, an unlimited edition will be available for $99.00 USD + S/H.
 
"I find Andre to be a great figure and I'm proud to be associated with such a great athlete/actor/pop culture Icon,"  says SikRik. "Andre brings back memories of my childhood. Me and my buddies would go to the Canton Civic Center to see all of the big names of the day. George "The Animal" Steele, "Super Fly" Jimmy Snuka, Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik. We would buy programs at the event and get all of their signatures. Those were good times."
 
Each limited edition mask is handcrafted, casted and painted one at a time by SikRik. They are intended for display purposes; however they can be modified with vision / breathing holes if intended to be worn. Customers should mention at time of ordering if they want a wearable or display version.
 
"As a kid I gravitated toward Andre initially because of his size, but later became intrigued with his demeanor," says SikRik. "He just seemed like a great guy, a gentle giant. I guess I'm no different from any of his fans. I think the world fell in love with the Gentle Giant."
 
And now you could look like the Gentle Giant. These are, indeed, magical times.

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