Monsters and aliens fill his sci-fi rooms but Warwick feels right at home
AN obsessed hoarder of sci-fi memorabilia shares his house with Darth Vader, an Alien and Frodo Baggins. Joey Severn visits an extraordinary collection.
IT IS the artwork on the walls, the statues dotted around the room and the Lord of the Rings themed chess set that sits atop the coffee table that hints this is no ordinary sitting room...
Three large sofas form a U shape facing an enormous television mounted on the opposing wall and surround sound speakers pepper the walls.
It is the room that Warwick Adams describes as his "part of the house" – just one enclave of an astonishing haul of sci-fi memorabilia.
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In Warwick's home there is initially no clue as to the passion of the 52-year-old managing director.
Then walking through a large kitchen Warwick opens a door to the sofa room – containing thousands of pounds of incredibly rare items.
Warwick said: "The Darth Vader in here is probably the rarest piece I have. It's a "Series One" which is the from the first film.
"Anything related to him, Yoda and Boba Fett is extremely collectible."
But this is only the start of the collection.
Through a pair of frosted sliding doors with an image of Darth Vader etched across it, there is a dark cavernous room and a hushed silence.
As the lights over the full-size snooker table flicker on and the main lights warm up, the full magnitude of the collection becomes apparent.
The main room is some 30 feet long and around each dark wood-panelled wall are 18 tall display cabinets.
Warwick bends to point at a Ringwraith from the Lord of the Rings films. "That was the first one. It's the one that got all this started," he said.
In around the year 2000 Warwick happened to go along with a friend to a film memorabilia convention.
That was where he first came across the Ringwraith.
He said: "I just thought they were incredible things. They are all hand-painted and just look amazing.
"I don't think you even have to be into them to realise how much workmanship goes in to one of the models."
From there Warwick's collection exploded. Each week he would visit websites dedicated to models and even went to the biggest exhibition of its kind in the USA.
Beyond this first room, which also has two arcade games and a Star Wars pinball machine, the collection continues.
Warwick gestures towards a large print with autographs scrawled across it. "That is signed by George Lucas. It is incredibly rare because he hardly ever signed anything.
"I was lucky getting that. The man was having to sell it because he was having to fund a divorce."
On the opposite wall a framed piece of prosthetic sits alongside a print of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Warwick said: "That is actually from the Terminator film. That has been on his face."
Beyond the corner bar, complete with Jabba the Hutt model, there is a projector screen with hundreds of films lined alongside. Warwick said: "I love films. I will watch anything pretty much but it really has to keep me awake.
"It's a form of escapism for me. I work so hard and for so long that I like to be taken into a different world. Sci-fi films are great for that and they are my favourites really."
Alongside the models of characters from films he also has vehicles and even full-scale model scenes.
But Warwick's largest pieces are kept at his firm, Tioga, an electronics company in Derby, in particular the biggest piece.
He said: "When we go to trade shows we have the Terminator on the stand and it really draws people in.
"We even use him in marketing material saying 'You will be back'."
Back at home every few months, Warwick has to clean each of the 18 display cabinets, numerous busts and dioramas. He has to painstakingly blow air over them to remove dust.
And while Warwick's passion is kept in a separate area of the house, his wife would really rather see it gone, he feels.
"I think she would call it an obsession.
"When I was buying a lot of stuff I would get it ordered to work. Then I would leave it around for her to see.
"She would always say 'when did you get that' and I would tell her I had had it for ages!
"Then I could move it into the house."
"My son, Ben, 24, isn't bothered by any of it, really.
"He isn't into films particularly and my wife is just the same. She just falls asleep straight away.
"My daughter Rebecca likes films but she will not go into the main collection room on her own.
"She hates the Predator head. The way the eyes have been painted-on makes it look like it's following you. It just freaks her out too much."
The next thing Warwick is looking to buy will finally complete his collection.
"I am after a life-sized Predator but they are incredibly rare.
"I have only seen two of them ever come up for sale. And the other problem is it would be nine feet tall so it would not fit in here.
"But it would stop any burglar in their tracks if they ever came in, that's for sure!"
And security is one of the top concerns for Warwick, who had to use a specialist insurer for his collection. which is valued at hundreds of thousands of pounds.
He said: "We had to have various things installed to meet the demands of the insurers.
"So we have a specialist alarm that is a bit like the devices they fit on the outside of shops to keep kids away.
"Except this one is so powerful that you literally cannot stand to be in the room with it. It makes you feel physically sick.
"My worry is not someone stealing but just people wrecking it. That would be far worse."
And while the collection has given him a huge amount of pleasure it is also significant investment.
"I have basically the same amount again in the attic in the original packaging which is worth a significant amount more.
"As soon as you take it out you devalue it.
"The way I see it is that in another 20 years these will be classed as antiques. I can just imagine people going on Bargain Hunt with it.
"When I go I think my wife might just want to send it all down to the nearest car boot sale but my son will want to get it sold.
"Hopefully my children and my grandchildren will get the benefit of it."