Dance teacher, 26, owns Europe's largest Sylvanian Families collection and has spent 40,000 on the children's toy- they even have their own room in his houseJacc Batch, 26, has nearly 5,000 figures and memorabiliaThey have their own locked room in his house
Owns largest collection in Europe and third largest in worldMost expensive toy, a prototype of the original Japanese figure, cost 2,500Also collects Polly Pocket and My Little Pony but Sylvanian Families are his 'main passion'
11:12 GMT, 12 November 2012
A dance teacher with the UK’s largest collection of Sylvanian Families has spent a whopping 40,000 on the children’s toys – and has even given them their own room in his house.
Jacc Batch, 26, saved up his pocket money to buy his first toy as a child and now has nearly 5,000 figures and other memorabilia.
He not only collects every character and accessory, but also the identical figures from America, Japan and Europe, which come in slightly different packaging.
Jacc Batch owns the UKs largest collection of Sylvanian Families which even have their own room in his house
Jacc, from Kettering, Northants, said: 'After I bought my first one, people started buying me them for Christmas and birthdays.
'They were really popular and lots of my friends played with them. My friends soon grew out of them but I never did. I just carried on collecting them.
'They’re seen as a girl’s toy but I love them. They remind me of my childhood.'
The animal toy range, which first hit the shelves in Britain in the late 1980s, was created by the Japanese company Epoch.
He has spent a whopping 40,000 on the childrens toys and now has nearly 5,000 figures and other memorabilia
He not only collects every character and accessory, but also the identical figures from America, Japan and Europe, which come in slightly different packaging and owns the third largest collection in the world
Sylvania is a world made up of families of tiny woodland creatures that dress and act just like humans.
The characters, grouped into families, include rabbits, bears, beavers and hedgehogs and each one has their own personal biography.
They come with different sets – from cottages, treehouses, hospitals, caravans and even a luxury hotel.
The most expensive item on the market is handmade wooden house from the original range and it will set you back 10,000, which Jacc just missed out on.
But you can pick up a set of Sylvanian babies for under 5.
seven, Jacc bought Brother Hedgehog, and has since expanded his
collection, which also includes more than 200 sets and other
Jacc, who runs his own dance school, said: 'I have the third largest collection in the world and the largest in Europe.
'The packaging is different for each country but I need to have every release.
Sylvania is a world made up of families of tiny woodland creatures that dress and act just like humans
They range comes complete with different sets – from cottages, treehouses, hospitals, caravans and even a luxury hotel
Collecting runs in Jacc's family. His mum Susan collects Noddy memorabilia and his siblings collects badges, Disney and World of Warcraft memorabilia
'I collect every variation of each family so if they change the material on their clothes or their colour, I’ll need to get them again.
'I’d obsess about it if I hadn’t got it.
'I’ve keep a catalogue of everything I’ve ever bought.'
runs in Jacc’s family. His mum Susan collects Noddy memorabilia and his
siblings collects badges, Disney and World of Warcraft memorabilia.
Jacc also collects other retro toys, including Polly Pocket and My Little Pony, but Sylvanian Families are his main passion.
Jacc said: 'I like what they represent – a world where everything is nice. There’s a policeman but never any crime in Sylvania.
'They’re so well made and intricate.'
Obsessed Jacc saved up his pocket money to buy his first toy as a child and now has nearly 5,000 figures
His collection of furry friends have their own room in the house meaning guests have to sleep on the sofa
His collection, which includes several original prototypes, is insured for thousands of pounds.
He keeps a lock on the door in the spare room where he keeps them.
Sylvanian Families fill every corner and no one is allowed in Jacc’s permission – not even his partner Craig Fellows, 32.
said: 'He thinks it’s a bit crazy. I told him they would need their own
room – that was a condition on us moving in together. If people stay, they have to sleep on the sofa.
'It’s a room for them – no one else. I keep most of them in their original boxes but I do display some in glass boxes. I can spend hours dusting.'
Jacc has even visited the Sylvanian Families theme park in Japan, where they were created
He often makes trips to the Sylvanian Families store in London and his own collection is insured for thousands of pounds
Jacc visits The Sylvanian Families Shop in London at least twice a month to stock up on Sylvanian Families and he also buys them on eBay.
Last year, he travelled to Japan, where they have Sylvanian Families themed restaurants and even a theme park, and he plans to go again in a year.
Jacc’s most expensive purchase is a prototype from the original Japanese range that got released. It cost him 2,500.
He said: 'To me, it’s worth it. I’d rather buy a Sylvanian Family doll than go on an expensive holiday. My collection is worth a lot but it’s not about the money for me. I just really like them.'