Yesterday I found out that my local Toys R Us is closing. I went to check it out today and saw that the video game section was already devastated. I know it’s a bit silly to mourn the loss of one location of a major chain store, but this was my local toy store for the last 15 years.
It was there, in 1997, that I first saw the “Stars and Stripes” set that set me on the road to actively collecting G.I. Joes. Star Wars and Justice League collections were amassed here. It’s just been such a large part of my own identity that it’s to let it go.