Philippine collector amasses super-sized collection of fast-food restaurant toys

Adrian Portugal, Reuters

Posted at Apr 28 2021 11:27 AM | Updated as of Apr 28 2021 12:04 PM

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Percival Lugue, who has the Guinness world record for the largest fast-food toy collection, poses with his toy collection in his home in Apalit, Pampanga province, Philippines, April 20, 2021. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

APALIT - From the age of 5, Filipino graphic artist Percival Lugue has had a passion for collecting toys from fast-food restaurant chains like McDonald's, Burger King and home-country favorite Jollibee.

Now, nearly five decades later, the 50-year-old has about 20,000 toys packed from floor to ceiling in his home and holds a Guinness World Record from 2014, when his collection reached more than 10,000 items.

"The toy is like a storyteller in itself," said Lugue, explaining his hobby while sitting among an eclectic mix of toys in his three-story home.

"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 said. Lugue, who lives in Apalit in Pampanga, a province northwest of Manila, built his home especially to house his collection.

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Shelves filled with toys are pictured in the home of Percival Lugue, who has the Guinness world record for the largest fast-food toy collection, in Apalit, Pampanga province, Philippines, April 20, 2021. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

He likens the excitement that getting new toys gives him to Christmas morning.

He has always played with the toys, but even as a child took good care of them and put them on display "unlike the other kids, who would tear up their toys into smithereens."

While most of his toys were obtained through personal purchases, some were donated by friends and family.

"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 said.

One of his most treasured pieces is a "Hetty Spaghetti" figurine, a mascot from the Jollibee chain that his mother gave him in 1988.

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Toys are pictured in the home of Percival Lugue, who has the Guinness world record for the largest fast-food toy collection, in Apalit, Pampanga province, Philippines, April 20, 2021. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

Toys and fast-food packaging are pictured in the home of Percival Lugue, who has the Guinness world record for the largest fast-food toy collection, in Apalit, Pampanga province, Philippines, April 20, 2021. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

Percival Lugue, who has the Guinness world record for the largest fast-food toy collection, poses with his toy collection in his home in Apalit, Pampanga province, Philippines, April 20, 2021. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

Percival Lugue's certificate for the Guinness world record for the largest fast-food toy collection is photographed with his toy collection in his home in Apalit, Pampanga province, Philippines, April 20, 2021. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

His dream now is to eventually put his collection on display for the public or even open a museum to "give others a chance to revisit their own childhood memories." 

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