Updated: Jul 9, 2018
I think it's safe to say that a lot of us collectors have gone in Toys R Us hoping to get a good action figure. For some of us, for me, it goes back to my youth when I wanted to get the newest toy to play with, toss around, and make sound effects hoping to relive some of my favorite moments in the X-Men Animated series. The last few years, I have gone in Toys R US seldomly to find a rare catch or to just stock up on the on the most recent #POP. But alas, as common knowledge states, the era of Toys R Us is gone and past. Part of growing up is saying good bye.
Cheesy as heck, but hey, it's part of the childhood charm.
As far as the closing words of an empire that has bowed out:
Thanks to each of you who shared your amazing journey to (and through) parenthood with us, and to every grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother and sister who's built a couch-cushion rocket ship, made up a hero adventure, or invented something gooey. Promise us one thing: Don't ever grow up. Play on!
I can't say that I was 100% loyal to Toys R Us. I did a lot of my collecting through online stores like BBTS, Ebay, Amazon, and when I was toy hunting in the wild, I went to Target, Walmart, and local comic book stores (which, I believe, played a major role to Toys R Us' downfall because that's what EVERYONE else was doing for the most part). When Toys R Us was conveniently right there and/or they have an exclusive I wanted to catch, I would go but unfortunately, it was always second though. But I did grow up with Toys R Us. I do remember that fresh new toys scent whenever I walked in. I can't say I will miss the store, but I will say that it solidifies that change and growing up is part of us all no matter what. Empires crumble and something else takes over. But regardless, thank you Toys R Us for the childhood.
Until Next Time!