Thread: Toys "R" Us Stores Through the Years

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    • 8 years 8 months ago
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    Does anyone remember the good old days of Toys "R" Us, when each of its loyal fans proclaiming in song, "I don't wanna grow up ... 'cause I'm a Toys "R" Us Kid!" and then later on, TRU proclaims itself as "The World's Biggest Toy Store"???

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    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5991541929/]Toys "R" Us Letter Colors Thru the Years[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/]classictvman81[/url], on Flickr
    (This is my representation of the color scheme of the classic "Toys 'R' Us" logo used from 1969; the colors changed for 1986)

    A typical old TRU store looked like this:
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    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/romleys/3096567164/]ToysRus Toy Store[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/romleys/]romleys[/url], on Flickr

    In the 1990s, they looked like this:
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    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/romleys/2367880552/]ToysRus Southern California[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/romleys/]romleys[/url], on Flickr

    This is a poor example of remodeling an old Toys "R" Us store:
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    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/are_love/2556543323/]Untitled[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/are_love/]follow.the.stars[/url], on Flickr

    ~Ben
    "I am such a purist for old information on anything '70s and '80s."
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    umm... cool. but did you really have to make it your avatar?
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    I really like the old school looks of the first Toys "R" Us I've seen, as well as the 90s one. It's not a good idea to try to get an old Toys "R" Us to look like a newer one, and I agree with that logic.
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    I remember this style of TRU. It was the best one. Although, calling it "The Children's Bargain Town" is now false. TRU is a rip off. Btw, I remember that at every TRU like this, there were birds in between the the colored boards. They'd make nests there.
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    I didn't know that they called Toys "R" Us "The Children's Bargain Town" back in the 70s as well, sadly those guys don't live to their name anymore. I'd only go browse around a Toys "R" Us just for the nostalgia, but nothing more than that.
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    • 8 years 8 months ago
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    Geoffrey represented everything Toys "R" Us stood for.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpmILPAcRQo

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    Quote by Neomysterion
    I didn't know that they called Toys "R" Us "The Children's Bargain Town" back in the 70s as well, sadly those guys don't live to their name anymore. I'd only go browse around a Toys "R" Us just for the nostalgia, but nothing more than that.


    Its not even good for that any more. Before they remodeled in the early 2000's, TRU had long aisles of toys. Not these short aisles.
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    • 8 years 8 months ago
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    http://thecaldorrainbow.blogspot.com/2007/03/toys-r-us-design-timeline-part-i-1978.html

    You folks should visit this website.
    "I am such a purist for old information on anything '70s and '80s."
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    • 8 years 8 months ago
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    This is an excellent find RetroBen81. I really like looking at vintage Toys "R" Us designs. I swear that I saw one of those old plastic Geoffrey standup decor things at a Toys "R" Us somewhere in Massachusetts this past June, looked rather aged compared to everything else.
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    Quote by Neomysterion
    I really like the old school looks of the first Toys "R" Us I've seen, as well as the 90s one. It's not a good idea to try to get an old Toys "R" Us to look like a newer one, and I agree with that logic.

    Yeah, that Portage, Kalamazoo, MI store was a rather cheap modernization there. Much better if the original building was torn down and rebuilt from the ground up IMHO.

    ~Ben
    "I am such a purist for old information on anything '70s and '80s."
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    • 8 years 8 months ago
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    I kind of miss the old system where you got the ticket and took it to the front of the store and got your video game. I spent tons when I was a kid getting all kinds of NES games. I hate the remodeling they've done. Instead of the seemingly unending lanes of shelves, the store near me has them in sort of V shapes, one right after the other. It's just not the same.
    Don't pay any attention to the evil spirited and dead of heart. They're not worth your time.
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    i remember when my parents made up the excuse that we could go to toys 'r' us because of a hundred dollar admission, but i know that it was just a ploy to prevent me from going crazy over all of the toys that were in the store
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