The world’s most obsessive gamer has revealed his cave of treasures – an astonishing collection of 2.383 Tomb Raider collectibles.
Just like the iconic treasure hunter Lara Croft, Rodrigo Santos, 27, has spent his life tracking down artefacts. In his case, he has sought rare Tomb Raider memorabilia.
The avid fan has now earned the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of Tomb Raider items.
Mr Santos, of Madrid, Spain, owns a staggering 2,383 Lara Croft collectibles, including action figures, cushions, costumes and posters.
He said: “I have spent 18 years collecting memorabilia from the Tomb Raider saga. I started buying items because I liked the games.
“I didn’t set out to start a collection but there comes a day when you have so many items that you have to become a collector.”
Mr Santos, a television editor, started his collection in 1996 when he first spotted images of Lara Croft in a magazine.
He said: “The first item in my collection was the first game. But the first object was a figure of Lara Croft that my parents gave me for Christmas.
“I love that she’s a strong female character and British. I love British culture, I lived in Bristol while I was learning English at university.
“Lara manages to inspire me in my life – to fight for what I want and to be closer to different cultures.”
Mr Santos’ most prized assets includes the poster of the second Tomb Raider movie signed by all the cast including Angelina Jolie and a life-sized Lara Croft and Rose statue of which only 50 were ever made.
The character of Lara Croft, created by Derby games company Core Design in 1996, has become a global sex symbol.
Mr Santos said: “Obviously her body is one of her secret weapons. She may have grabbed my attention because of her looks, but then she has a personality which really hooked me in, and I wanted to know more about her.”
He also has a sketch created by Toby Gard, the designer of Lara Croft, which was drawn for Mr Santos personally.
Mr Santos said: “I never thought I could get to achieve a Guinness World Record, it is certainly a wonderful experience I will never forget. It’s one of those things that is always with you.”
The sprawling collection of Lara Croft related items were counted and officially recognised by Guinness World Records this year.
Mr Santos appears in the new book The Guinness World Record’s Gaming Edition 2015 which is released today (NOV 06).
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