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A fan’s collection of Asterix figures

world Updated: Nov 21, 2009 00:21 IST

Asterix, the world’s most famous Gaul just turned 50, bringing all of Europe into a fever about the comic book hero.

Well, all of Europe aside from Volker Pallapies of Minden, in northern Germany. He was way ahead of everyone else, he says, having collected Germany’s largest collection of figures related to Asterix. The number goes upto 10,000.

The 43-year-old has a shrine to the bulb-nosed hero of the successful series of comic books that depict Asterix and his small community of Gauls fighting successfully for independence from Roman rule two thousand years ago.

The collection includes shampoo bottles, snow globes and savings banks, all adorned with Asterix and his friends and enemies.

Pallapies began reading the books when he was a child. He only discovered the collecting bug about 10 years ago. Now the house is dominated by small figures, Gauls standing next to Romans, druids and bards.