From the age of 5, Filipino graphic artist Percival Lugue has had a ardour for gathering toys from fast-food restaurant chains like McDonald’s, Burger King and home-country favorite Jollibee.
Now, almost 5 many years later, the 50-year-old has about 20,000 toys packed from ground to ceiling in his house and holds a Guinness World Record from 2014, when his assortment reached greater than 10,000 gadgets.
“The toy is like a storyteller in itself,” stated Lugue, explaining his pastime whereas sitting amongst an eclectic mixture of toys in his three-storey house.
“For example, it gives me a glimpse of that particular period when I got it, the story of what’s going on, what are the incidents that are attached in the acquisition,” he stated. Lugue, who lives in Apalit in Pampanga, a province northwest of Manila, constructed his house particularly to deal with his assortment.
He likens the joy that getting new toys provides him to Christmas morning.
He has at all times performed with the toys, however at the same time as a baby took excellent care of them and put them on show “unlike the other kids, who would tear up their toys into smithereens.”
While most of his toys have been obtained by way of private purchases, some have been donated by family and friends.
“I would invite my friends to… have lunch at McDonald’s… and in one sitting I would be able to complete the whole set,” he stated.
One of his most treasured items is a “Hetty Spaghetti” figurine, a mascot from the Jollibee chain that his mom gave him in 1988.
His dream now’s to finally put his assortment on show for the general public and even open a museum to “give others a chance to revisit their own childhood memories.”