"Shock And Awe" Is Part Of The Allure
About six months ago I went into this "Toys R Us" for the first time in a long time. (My wife was shopping for some kids' birthday presents for upcoming parties.)
I hadn't been in here for over 15 years. I was surprised by how little had changed, actually. The store was still large and laid out pretty similarly as before. The biggest difference, I thought, was how the store now had a huge section devoted to children's clothes (as well as sheets and beds), with fewer "traditional" toys like "action figures" on the shelves.
That being said, they still sold a full array of toys that a appealed to my young daughter, from bicycles to Barbies to "Little Mermaid" licensed merchandise.
Since I've become a father myself I've been to several different toy stores in the San Diego area in recent years, and this is still by far the biggest I've seen.
When I was a kid in the 1970s, I remember being absolutely dazzled when my parents took me to the local "Toys R Us." It was like entering "Oz" to me. I think that's a huge part of the experience of a toy store for a kid, a sensation that little boutique toy stores simply can't replicate.
There's a lot to be said for that, I think.