Back in our youth, a "collection" was when we'd chewed enough gum to fill our Trapper Keepers with baseball cards. But the guys featured here, well, they have gone above and beyond the call of duty -- not that there is any such call of duty to collect cuddly Pokémon toys.
They've drilled down their collecting desires to just toys, and not only just toys, but specific toys, and they're record breakers for it, too.
Collection:Pokémon Collector's name: Lisa Courtney, collecting since 1997 (she's 21 now) Approximate number of toys: 14,000 and rising Favorite item: The Pokémon/Pikachu yellow-jumpsuit number Why it's so worrying: Plushy toys are scary anyway, but in extreme numbers, it's just ... shocking. It makes the mantra "Gotta catch 'em all" even more intimidating than it was back in 1997.
Keep reading to see toy collections so out of control that even we're a little concerned.
Collection:101 Dalmatians Collector's name: Karen Ferrier, collecting since 1992 Approximate number of toys: 1,200 or so Favorite item: It's not a toy, but it's so ludicrous it can't not be mentioned: her Dalmatian car. Why it's so worrying: What's encouraging here is that the Dalmatians toy obsession isn't based solely around the Disney movie (either in its 1961 animated form or its 1996 incarnation). On the not-encouraging side of things, she still has over 1,000 dotted objects in her house -- except, alas, she just split up with her husband and doesn't have room for it all in her caravan. Massive 101 Dalmatians toy collection anyone? Anyone?
Collection:Happy Meal toys Collector's name: Luke Underwood, collecting since 2005 (he's only 12) Approximate number of toys: 7,000 or so Favorite item: The only known complete set of the 101 Dalmatians in their original bags. (We know. Wow.) Why it's so worrying: Well, to give the kid his due, he was doing all this collecting as a cunning financial ruse. Back in 1999, he begged his dad to buy a collection from another Happy Meal fan for $381. Those additions made the little businessman an almost-$12,000 profit upon selling the whole collection and clearing out the lounge, landing and special spare room that were flooded with Ronald McDonald and Co. wares. Clever kid!
Collection:Snow Globes Collector's name: Josef Kardinal, Nuremberg, Southern Germany Approximate number of shakers: Around 7,100 and rising Favorite item: The first snow shaker that was produced at the end of the 19th century in Austria. Why it's so worrying: We can't help but be afraid he's collecting souls in there.