Saturday, March 17, 2018
A Farewell To Toys R Us
It was recently announced that the last big box toy retailer, Toys R Us, will be closing. I think for anyone who grew up between 1970 to 2000, this store was a lot more than some large-scale toy depot. Going to Toys R Us could be much like a visit to Disneyland, it was a special occasion. As kids, we wandered through the cavernous isles filled with everything we could want. Parents spent many hours of their shopping time easily finding what they needed for birthdays, holidays and good report cards. This was before the internet age, when you can look for, find and purchase everything with the click of a button. That's the more preferred method now, and the future generation won't know what they're missing.
Jessica Rabbit Flexie figure. I can't tell you how many times I would run to the same spot where all the new Roger Rabit toys were, looking and hoping to find her. I bought all of the other characters, but Jessica never could be found. Eventually all the toys were put way back in that last isle, the clearance area. After time, they were all gone. It wasn't until a decade later that I found her when eBay came along.
Toys R Us has always been the place to go, and sadly it's going away. Growing up in the 80's it was greatly intertwined in my life. It always seemed to cheer up some bad days and always had what I was looking for. Whatever the complicated business reasoning, it's very unfortunate we are losing the last stand-alone toy store - and one of the best.