Jian Yang, a 33-year-old man from Singapore has one of the largest private collections of Barbie Dolls in the world. This self-described “toy nerd” has dedicated the last 20 years of his life collecting 6,000 Barbies, Bratz Girls, Monster High dolls, Care Bears and Jem and the Holograms action figures valued at nearly half a million dollars. So why is he single? Because most eligible ladies I know would be JUMPING at the chance to date a man who spends all of his disposable income on toys. Most of us would be frothing at the mouth to get up in Jian’s pad and check out his prized “Great Shape” Barbie from 1984.
It’s not him, it’s us. According to Jian, women are just all so threatened by how sexy his dolls are:
”I’ve also got the ex-girlfriends who get insecure about this kind of stuff. You get the [text messages] about the unresolved relationships that go ‘I will never be one of these.’ Ya know? ‘What’s my waistline?’ …They look at dolls and go ‘OK, that’s the competition’, which is quite troubling but it’s a reality.”
I hope I can speak for all womankind when I say that I’ve never felt competitive with a Barbie doll. I think Jian might be deluding himself. But after all, he is a man amongst dolls. [Reuters]