Lifting the lid on collectors of the Bad Taste Bears, we're taking individuals and putting them under the microscope.
In this first of an ongoing series – we'd like to introduce you to:
Where: Peckham, London
Are there any other BTB collectors in your area? Yes, my nephew.
What was your first Bad Taste Bear, and when and why did you get it? It was Russell and it was bought for me as a Xmas present. I can't remember the year but I’ve been collecting ever since.
How many Bad Taste Bears do you have in your collection? About 200
Do you collect anything else? Monopoly
What was the last concert you went to? Kylie.
What’s the worst haircut you ever had? Died my hair blonde but it went ginger!
Do you have a favourite character in the BTB range? Russell & Kylie.
Are there any BTB's you'd have to hide if a family member came over? No. All are on show in my bedroom and if there is any that they don't like, then they should not have gone in my room.
Which would you rescue (after your children, pets etc.) from a house fire? Russell & Kylie.
Are there any specific pieces or piece you’d like to add to your collection? Pete or any 16″ bear.
What’s the best/worst thing about collecting naughty teddy bears? The best thing – amusement. The worst, dusting them.
How do you display your collection? I have had shelves fitted for them around the top of my room. (See the photographs)
Have you had any disasters or breakages? Yes. I broke the crown on the top of the Fabio egg
What’s your favourite sandwich? Bacon sandwich.
If you were to create a Bad Taste Bears themed day, what would it involve? Went to one at Whipsnade Zoo and every thing that they did there that day was spot on. I would have added a repair stand.
If you were to buy a Bad Taste Bear product for celebrities – which would it be and why?
Margot Robbie – Oscar for her part in Suicide Squad.
Kylie – I would buy Kylie Kylie but only if I could give it to her myself!
The Pope – Harley just for the fun of it.
Donald Trump – would not give him any
Kanye West – Skinner as I think he would like this one
Thanks, Russell for sharing your impressive collection with us.