So…the Guinness World Records was just a “Hey let’s try and apply and see what happens” kind of thing. My friends would often state that I probably had the largest Silent Hill collection in the world. I didn’t really think that was possible given how many other fans I know who are also passionate about collecting items for the series but thought it would be fun to see if such a record was ever attempted. I knew there were other series specific collections on record in the past like Pikabellachu’s famous Pokemon/Pikachu collection world record in 2009 so I knew it could be possible. The big question was would mine, which was only in the hundreds and not thousands, even be considered worthy?
So I checked out the Guinness World Record website and looked to see what sort of collections they had on record and I saw the a few actually the had items hundreds like Rob Hull’s collection of Daleks (571) record set in 2011 and thought hey maybe my collection may actually have a chance.
I applied on the Guinness site for a “Largest Silent Hill Collection” category in January 2014 and a week later I received a response saying they couldn’t accept my proposed category and told me to try for the “Largest collection of video game memorabilia” instead…which I knew I couldn’t come close to given it was over 8 thousand items!
I figured that I would try again when my collection was closer to a thousand but to my surprise months later a representative from Guinness emailed and said they were interested in adding a new category for “Silent Hill only” and wanted to review my claim again. Not sure what changed their mind but shortly thereafter I was declared a world record holder.
It was pretty exciting experience! I know there’s bigger and more interesting world records out there but it’s amazing Guinness thought my collection was worthy to record!
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05/03/11 | PT | techtudo| Americana tem uma impressionante coleção sobre Silent Hill
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05/04/11 | PT | Bolum Sonu Canavari | Böyle Silent Hill Koleksiyonu Her Hayranın Başına
09/17/14 | EN | UK | Konami Blog | Whitney Chavis’s Record-Breaking Silent Hill Collection!
09/18/14 | EN | Polygon | Silent Hill superfan holds creepy world record
09/18/14 | EN | 98.3 the Snake | Record-breaking Silent Hill Collection is Filled with Survival Horror Memorabilia
09/19/14 | EN | Eurogamer | Woman sets Guinness World Record for largest Silent Hill collection
09/20/14 | EN | Polygon | Here’s the Guinness World Record for largest collection of Silent Hill stuff
09/21/14 | PL | Grynieznane | Ponad 350 przedmiotów zawiera największa kolekcja pamiątek z serii Silent Hill
09/21/14 | FR | Gameblog | Voici la plus grosse collection Silent Hill au monde
09/22/14 | DE | Movie Pilot | Das ist die größte Silent Hill-Sammlung der Welt
09/22/14 | PT | Meiobit | Coleção do Silent Hill entra para o Guiness
09/22/14 | FR | Le Journal de Gamer | [La flippe] Elle détient le Guinness World Record de la plus grande collection de produits Silent Hill
09/23/14 | EN | Gamespot | Wow This 360-Piece Silent Hill World Record Collection Is Impressive
02/10/16 | EN | Silent Hill Paradise | The World’s Biggest Silent Hill Fan! An Interview With World Record Holder Whitney Chavis