I have a memory of reading a book as a child (read in the 90s, felt like a not-so-recent book, though) that involved a metal giant.
Some elements of the story seem to match The Iron Giant and/or The Iron Man, except for one specific memory, which doesn't ...
I remember that the metal giant ate other metal and machinery (check for The Iron Man, based on wikipedia), and that it came crashing down from outer space (another check for The Iron Giant trailer) but I also very specifically remember that it had to reconstruct itself - I remember a scene where the hand of the Iron Giant is pulling itself along by its fingers, trying to put itself back together from the crash.
That scene isn't mentioned in the wikipedia page for The Iron Man, and is specifically not what happens in The Iron Giant.
Have I confused this with some other book? Or was it changed in the film?