I Want to Live in the Vintage Toys R Us Replica

This vintage Toys R Us replica is taking me back to my childhood.

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I can’t say that I was frequenting the local Toys R Us at the time it was announced that all of the stores closed down. But, I can say that I can distinctly remember how I felt when I saw the news that Toys R Us was going under. That was a feeling of disappointment…like the inevitable passing of time had claimed another victim…like a small piece of my childhood had died that day. When I was growing up, nothing beat a Friday night at Sir Pizza in Antioch followed up by a trip through Hickory Hollow, and if I was good, maybe a stop at Toys R Us before they closed. So, yeah – any kind of Toys R Us nostalgia is going to get me right square in my feels. That’s why this clip from Historic Vids stopped me dead in my tracks when I saw it the other day, and I felt compelled to share these feelings with you all today.

The multi-colored letters. The old toys. The goofy looking giraffe on the front of the building. The stripes on the front of the building. Man, this was the life back in the day on a Friday night. I know I’m not alone in this given how we glamorize Toys R Us today. There’s a lot of memories there for a lot of people. I don’t know any context behind this replica existing – it’s a 23-second video on Twitter and that’s all I know about it. But, if there’s an actual journalist in me, I swear I’m going to find this thing, figure out what it was used for, and if it still exists. Why? Because if it still exists, I want to find it and live in it. I feel safe in the replica Toys R Us because it brings back those safe feelings of being a kid. Sorry – I didn’t mean for this to take such a dark turn. My point is this thing is pretty cool. Historic Vids has been on one lately. I don’t know where Toys R Us fits into the grand scheme of history, but I’m not complaining.

Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network, and a Dogs Playing Poker on velvet connoisseur. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD, #BeBetter, and ‘Minds right, asses tight.’ “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, Yankee Candle, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley.

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