US man has the largest collection of Spice Girls dolls in the world - more than 300 mini versions of the bandmates worth nearly £20,000!

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Meet the man who has the largest collection of Spice Girls dolls in the world - more than 300 mini versions of the bandmates worth nearly £20,000.

Adam Weatherly, 36, got his hands on a his first doll - an 'On Tour Posh Doll' - as a kid in the late 1990s and has spent the past two decades adding to his impressive collection. 

He has every single type of doll on the market but is still on the hunt for prototypes of Sporty, Scary, Ginger, Baby and Posh Spice.  

Adam has a dedicated 'Spice Room' in his home in Virginia, USA, to display the miniature versions of the iconic group.

Despite never having met any of his idols, Adam hopes the 25th anniversary of Wannabe this week will spark a reunion.

The first dolls received widespread media attention when they were launched in October 1997 and were famously sold out within minutes.

He used to spend his pocket money on dolls from the supermarket but it was the invention of the internet and eBay that saw Adam's collection grow. 

His biggest bargain has been unofficial bootleg dolls of the five in Dollar Tree and he says his most expensive purchase has been a collection for $150 (£109) online. 

With half of his dolls in original packaging and out in display holders, Adam's collection is estimated at £18,000 ($24,850) -- with rare individual dolls worth up to £70 ($97) each.

Adam's mammoth collection has garnered attention from Brit designer Kenny Ho, who designed the Spice Girls' World Tour outfits. 

Now as the Spice Girls' debut hit Wannabe turns a quarter of a century old this week, Adam has applied to get the dolls into the Toy Hall of Fame.

Adam said: "As a kid my whole life changed when those five women appeared telling me they would be giving me everything, all that joy could bring. 

"I've always loved and supported them and I always will. 

"The moment I heard they were making dolls I promised myself no matter how many there were I was going to collect them all. 

"I'm still currently at it 20 years on. 

"I personally count bootlegs and variants so although technically I have them all, by my standards I still have more to collect!

"They are the best-selling celebrity dolls of all time and I've been really happy over the years collecting them.

"I collect all different types of dolls and have 1,000 altogether so it's difficult to put an exact number on the Spice Girls but I'd say it's over 300. 

"I've never paid insane prices for anything. The most I've spent is $150 on a set.

"My favourite set is the Concert Collection dolls. They're just visually stunning. 

"The box insert shimmers and all their shoes have glitters. 

"They are wearing replicas of the Spice World tour fashions.

"As for a favourite doll itself the On Tour Posh doll will always be the number one as it was the first one I ever bought. 

"They are iconic and are little replicas of the Spice Girls themselves. 

"They taught me as a kid you could do anything if you put your mind to it." 

Adam first started his impressive collection in the late 1990s and begged his dad to drive him to the nearest superstore to buy one but they were all sold out. 

After starting his collection aged 12, Adam has spent the next 23 years on the hunt for more. 

He said: "There was an advertisement in a Sunday paper and I drove my parents nuts to drive me to the nearest K-mart to pick up one. 

"My dad says get in the car and we'll go and get you one. 

"We get there and there was none on the shelves. 

"It was only when we went to a random gas station that I saw one on the bottom shelf.

"It was the On-Tour Posh doll. 

"For sentimental reasons she'll always be my favourite. Plus it's a reminder of how much my parents loved me to be driving around to find one.

"I studied everything about the box and every tiny detail of her dress. 

"The way her sticker and necklace glistened in the light. As if it were some kind of magic dust inside of that box. I personally believe the universe guides us at times. 

"There are signs and callings we just have to listen to. I've wanted to give up so many times collecting them. 

"You wouldn't believe the time I've spent trying to find them. 

"I have a binder that weighs 23lbs that's full of all the newspaper articles, trade ads and other bits and pieces about the dolls."

He said: "I love each Spice Girl equally I know a lot of fans have a favourite but I'm very much all or nothing about everything in life. 

"I'm such a big fan that when Ginger left my parents let me stay home from school because I was so upset.

"Unfortunately I've never seen them live or met any of them. 

"My dreams are always larger than life. 

"Meeting or seeing them has always seemed like too big of a dream to come true even for me. 

"I carry that little bit of hope it will happen but I try not entertain the idea of it.

"The best I can do is be a true fan to them.

"I'm currently in the process of sending all my Scary Spice dolls to Leeds Museum as it's her birthplace."

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