Since my childhood, a part of me was always a Toys R’ US kid.
Then, the realities of adulthood will constantly break in to that innocent little world many of us keep inside. It’s a world of cool little action figures, cartoon nostalgia, board games, brick building, weird collectible nonsense. But, we grow up whether we like it or not, and now the best toy store chain ever has been eaten alive by vulture capitalists.
So goes the final end of Toys R’ Us retail stores over the weekend, in the United States (In Canada, I hear some will remain open), an excited place for kids since 1957. No more rows of tall aisles of childish joy, filled with colorful products with silly gimmicks meant to amuse and sometimes educate. There was odd feeling of privacy one can feel, in browsing the shelves of the large spaces of Toys R’ Us. The connection to that customer service, smiling and sometimes sharing in the simple joy of new toy product trends, is treasured. We can gawk and admire the great craftsmanship of classic Saturday morning commercialism. So much, left to memories now…
I brought myself to the Bellevue, Washington location last week to pay my final respects to the great toy store era now gone. I couldn’t bring myself to take pictures of the stripped down walls of a once great world of Geoffrey Giraffe. So, I share the pic above of a time earlier this year of a better time for such nostalgic joy.
I recently discovered this fun video of Toy’s R Us ads over the years of its long life. Here, exhibits a showing of the variety and odd ways the store helped develop our youth and still appeals to our inner child…
Forward, I move on to more growing up. Yet, I think I will always be a Toys R Us kid.
– Orion T
I was about 30 years old the first time I ever ventured into a Toys R Us looking for a gift for my new nephew. (There weren’t any around when I was a kid.) I still remember the thrill all those aisles of amazing toys gave me. The store made me feel like an excited 8 year-old all over again.
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Yeah, same here. I’ll never forget my first visit in the mid 80s, admiring the Transformers but only had enough money for a GoBot. I was about 8 yrs old.