Texas Man’s Sonic the Hedgehog Collection Wins Guinness World Record
Barry Evans of Dayton, Texas has earned a Guinness World Record for his collection of 3,050 items related to the video game character Sonic the Hedgehog. Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records
July 22 (UPI) — A Texas man who has been collecting Sonic the Hedgehog memorabilia for 30 years earned a Guinness World Record when his cache of items was officially counted at 3,050.
Barry Evans from Dayton said he bought a copy of sonic the hedgehog 2 for Sega Genesis in 1992 – his very first video game purchase – and he’s been hooked on the character ever since.
“Sonic The Hedgehog has been my passion for 30 years”, Evans Told Guinness World Records.
Evans said the game was the first item in his collection and the second was a 1993 Sonic-themed gumball container.
“Later I saw a poster and some other toys, and I started decorating my room with it,” he said.
Evans said some of the most treasured items in his collection are giant statues of Sonic and his sidekick, Tails, which have been decorations in a Toys ‘R’ Us store for years.
He said his most unique item is a mold used to create plastic Sonic toys for British Burger King restaurants.
The newest addition is a pair of Sonic and Tails plush walkie-talkies from Japan. He said the items cost him $1,700.
“There’s a lot of amazing Sonic the Hedgehog stuff that never sees American shores. The internet has opened up the world to collectors,” he said.
The collector said earning a Guinness World Record for his collection was validation.
“It was just amazing to have Guinness World Records affirm me for my collection. To have my collection recognized by Guinness World Records is a fulfilling event for me.”