As collectors probably know by now, the once venerable retail giant Toys 'R' Us has announced that it will be ceasing worldwide operations this year. At its peak, it was the toy shopping destination for kids and parents alike. There are whole host of factors in its decline, from bad business models to a changing culture thanks in no small part to the internet. As collectors (and in some cases now parents as well) many of us have no doubt spent as much or more time in Toys 'R' Us stores as adults than we did as kids, so I figured I would start a thread for people to share their thoughts on its closing and share any memories they have related to the franchise. For me growing up two also now defunct toy stores were my go-to's; Children's Palace and Kay-Bee Toys. I don't have any glowy, childhood memories of TRU, who didn't come along in my area until there was a vacuum left by the latter's departure, but as an adult, it was TRU. When I got into collecting (in no small part thanks to re-launch of the Star Wars saga w/The Phantom Menace), TRU was always a go-to destination on my toy runs (remember those?). I'd hit the three in my area up multiple times a week during the PT era. I'd also hit Target, Wal-Mart and Meijer stores, but none of them made feel like a kid again, and I think that's what I'm gonna miss the most. I can get whatever I want @ the click of a button today, but that *whoosh* of the automatic doors parting and a giant Mecca of toydom awaiting us beyond is now lost forever.