Steve Sansweet (USA) has amassed an estimated 500,000 unique items at Rancho Obi-Wan in northern California, USA. As of 4 May 2015, "only" 93,260 items had been accurately audited and catalogued – a number sufficient, however, to beat the previous holder of this title by a factor of four. Sansweet estimates that the cataloguing process will take years to complete, as his collection continues to grow.
Steve took part in an epic photoshoot for Guinness World Records at Rancho Obi-Wan. As we were setting up, he talked about his love for the Star Wars saga:
Why are you such a big fan of the movies?
The movies are great fun, the effects still hold up decades later, the characters stand out, and in the battle between good and evil—between the powerful and the seemingly powerless—the good guys win!
Why did you start collecting?
I’ve always been a collector of something—from baseball cards and bottle caps to comic books. I also developed a strong love for science fiction and fantasy through reading when I was young, so my two passions merged.
What’s the most expensive item?
Probably a Darth Vader costume, parts of which were used in the filming of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, and as an official “appearance” costume.