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Macon man to attempt world record for largest toy soldier collection

This Sunday, a Macon man hopes to march into the record books.

Attorney Jonathan Waters has been collecting toy soldiers since he was 5 years old and has traveled the world with his wife looking for additions to his collection.

Sunday at the Ocmulgee National Monument, he will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest toy soldier collection. The current record is 661, held by Sergey Valentinovich Spasov of Russia.

Waters believes he has more than 1,000 unique soldier figures. His overall collection totals over 5,000, including duplicates.

He doesn't want to think about how much he has spent on his collection. For Waters, it's about celebrating military history.

"I try to get ones that are pretty accurate representations of whatever it is," he says. "I read about the battles and then, I don't really act them out with the figures, but seeing the representations makes me think about that period in history."

To complete the record, Waters will have two local judges count the number of individual soldiers in his collection. Video and photographic proof will be sent to Guinness' London headquarters for verification.

You can see Waters attempt the record at the visitors center of the Ocmulgee National Monument on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


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