Girl has largest Pokemon collection
Published 21/01/2010 | 07:03
Pokemon-mad Lisa Courtney has earned a place in the record books with a memorabilia collection of more than 12,000 items.
Lisa is listed as having the biggest Pokemon collection in the world - 12,113 items - in the new edition of the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition.
The 21-year-old, from Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, has spent 13 years building up the collection which she said has swelled to more than 13,400 since it was counted by Guinness record-checkers last year and fills most of the house she shares with her mother haron.
"To be in the new Gamer's Edition and to hold a world record for something you feel so passionate about is just an indescribable feeling," she said.
"My family have been incredibly supportive considering the collection takes up the whole house, including my mother's room.
"I've even named the room where my main collection resides Pokemon Centre Europe."
Lisa began her love affair with Pokemon when she saw a picture of Pikachu in a Nintendo magazine and started collecting even though she had no idea what the characters were.
"My favourite is a plush toy of the character Absol," she said. "I fell in love with it."
Lisa said she will never get bored of collecting: "There's always something new coming out in Japan. There's so much out there."
She has been to Japan five times and plans to go back this year for another "spending spree".