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The history of Toys R Us

With the death of the mega-retailer, The History of Fun looks back at how it all started

Toys R Us Files For Liquidation, Will Shutter All U.S. Stores Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Russ Frushtick is the director of special projects, and he has been covering the world of video games and technology for over 15 years. He co-founded Polygon in 2012.

This week on The History of Fun, we welcome Chris Plante back with the uplifting story of Toys R Us, a company that reinvented the way toys are sold. At least until it went bankrupt. Discover the history of the company, from its doll-making origins to its eventual collapse.

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