Bottomline: Yes, would recommend to a friend.
Simply put, he's just awesome. I love everything about this statue. I have been wanting one of their giant tortoises for a long time and finally got this beauty. He looks so real. I have people comment on how life-like he is. I can't wait to put him out near my grape arbor. In the picture he does seem to look a little smaller but I'm attaching a picture of him next to my dog to give you a bit of side by side comparison. He is a pretty substantial piece. An absolutely great addition to my yard (I now have 4 turtles) and by far the biggest and most realistic. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed by this statue. He makes me happy just looking at him! If you have the money splurge! He's worth it and I hope you love yours as much as I love mine.