Meet the Man With 6,000 Barbie Dolls

    Barbie collector Jian Yang talks about his collection at his home in Singapore September 2, 2013. The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000†Barbie†dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favours minimalist decor but the Barbies and 3,000 dolls of other kinds dominate three sides of the main room and spill over to fill nine mirrored cabinets in his dressing room and the shelves of his study. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY)

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    It all started with the “Great Shape” Barbie in a turquoise Spandex gym outfit and striped leg warmers. Yes, there is a 33-year-old Singaporean man who has been collecting Barbies for 20 years. Jian Yang, who calls himself a “toy nerd,” has more than 6,000 Barbie dolls and 3,000 dolls of other kinds—on which he’s spent at least $392,000—spilling out of cabinets and shelves in his home. His friends have come to support the strange obsession. His parents ... well, they merely accept it.

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