He spent a staggering £15,000 on his most treasured item, a carousel, after he first saw the item in a catalogue as a young boy. Told it was never put into production, the prototype in an ex-toy designer’s loft just a few miles away could be resisted. Jacc, of Kettering, Northants, who began collecting at seven, said: ‘I love toys, especially from the 1980s. ‘I choose to spend my money on them because I can afford it. I don’t go without. I own my own business, drive a nice car, have a lovely home.
‘Other people go on expensive holidays and I choose to buy Sylvanian Families.’ First created in 1985, Sylvanian Families originated in Japan and came to the UK in 1987. Grouped into families, including rabbits, foxes, squirrels and owls, Jacc collects every character and accessory belonging to the woodland creatures, which live in the world of Sylvania. Jacc is happy to have made it into the 2018 Guinness World Records book, winning the record for the largest collection on the planet. However, only 3,489 items made it into the record books as duplicates – which lots of them are – don’t count. Jacc, who is single, has bought the majority of his collection over the last 15 years, which has been valued at £250,000.
‘It’s the most money I have ever spent on anything in my whole life,’ he said. ‘But I would rather spend my money on Sylvanian Families than going out drinking all the time. ‘Luckily, I work really hard and have a successful business, so I was in a position to buy the item I had always wanted.’ Jacc currently rents a four bedroom home and two of those rooms are dedicated to his collection.