Looking Out My Office Window
When I lived in Dallas years ago I probably visited this Toys R Us at least 3-4 times a week. It was only about 7 miles from my office, so it was a pleasant lunchtime excursion to see what was new. Now it is literally right below me in the parking lot. I can not only see the trucks when they arrive, but I can hear them beeping as they back into the loading dock. If you would have told me back then that I would be able to walk over there every day as they unload the trucks I would have thought it was toy heaven!
But in 5 months here I’ve only been in there 4 times. A lot has changed in the past 6 years that I’ve been gone, but more than enything else is the inevitable loss of passion for the hobby that has come with age. I’ve gone through the motions of quitting collecting a few times, but I always come back to it. What I’ve realized though is that what I love about it is the items, the characters, the actual process of manufacturing. Not the hunt, not the "collection" and not the displays. I’m perfectly happy to only pick up select pieces, and most of them will go straight into a box once I open them and keep them on the desk a few days.
I’m not sure I’ll ever display them again as a group, and I definitely don’t feel the need to rush down to TRU unless I hear something is hitting the shelves. Maybe not even then. But I still love toys. Even moreso now that I’m no longer a toy designer. But as far as this blog goes, look for more about the process and the surrounding elements (cartoons, sculpture, artwork) than reviews of the actual toys themselves or tales of toy runs. Because these days, that’s the way I roll.