Retroist Toys R Us Podcast

Retroist Toys R Us Podcast

On this week’s show, I talk about the world’s biggest toy store, Toys R Us. I open by talking about how I felt special going to Toys R Us, because it felt like it was a store meant for me.

I originally attempted to record this show a few years ago and was not happy with the result. While I eventually planned to attempt it again, I thought that with the chain being in the news recently that I would take another shot at recording. On the show, I talk about the person who founded the store, Charles P. Lazarus, the evolution of the store, the mascots, bankruptcies and much more.

If you like vintage commercials, you are in luck, I laced this episode with a couple of classic ads. I wanted to add four times as many, but held myself back.

I am sad Toys R Us appears to be dying, but I am hopeful that someone will figure out a way to revive the brand. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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  1. Aj Stewart

    Awesome pod on this one!
    Hopefully since the Canadian ops up here are making money, they will find a buyer and live on. I hope to have my own kids in the near future and I honestly can’t imagine them growing up with the special joy that is a trip to ToysRus. You were right, it was more than just a store and I think even today that is very relevant. Sure you can get the same items online or at Walmart or wherever, but it isn’t anywhere close to the same feeling (especially online) and I don’t think that can be replicated.

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