Jian Yang, a Singapore man, has a very unique collection, one that consists of over 6,000 dolls that cost nearly $392,000.
According the the Huffington Post, a simple collection turned into a “crazy obsession” that Yang’s family and friends support.
Reuters reported on Yang’s collection, stating that it doesn’t only consist of 6,000 Barbie dolls, but another 3,000 dolls of other kinds.
“Incongruous is kind of me,” Yang told Reuters. “When you meet me outside of this, I’m not that kind of guy. I’m not what you expect from a guy that collects dolls.”
Yang has a professional interest in toys and consumer trends working as director of strategy at Omicom Media Group.
Yang states that his collection began at the age of 13 when he bought his very first doll, the “Great Shape” Barbie in a turquoise Spandex gym outfit and striped leg warmers.
“Before I knew anything about social norms, I was a boy that watched this on TV, liked it and wasn’t allowed to have one,” he said. “As I grew older, got my own allowance, that’s where I started getting the freedom to buy whatever I wanted.”
Even though his family and friends support his “crazy obsession,” that doesn’t mean it hasn’t effected his social life.
“I’ve also got the ex-girlfriends who get insecure about this kind of stuff… They look at dolls and go ‘OK, that’s the competition’, which is quite troubling but it’s a reality.”
Yang says he has spent at least $392,000 on his collection over the past 20 years.
His collection not only includes the Barbie brand, but also features “hundreds and hundreds of dolls from the Bratz Girls, Monster High and Jem and the Holograms lines,” according to Reuters.
The rarest Barbie he owns is a model sold only in boutiques of the Comme des Garcons fashion label. “My friend found her in Hong Kong and made an emergency phone call to me,” he said.
Jian Yang told Reuters that he doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. “I’ll buy the other house,” he laughed, pointing next door. “I still have an empty wall over there.”