We all have a favorite toy that we remember from childhood, or possibly a few such toys. Whether we recall playing LEGO with our dads or building a massive Brio train set with our moms, learning to shoot a Super-Soaker with Grandma, cracking the Turing Tumble with our aunt, cuddling a stuffed toy from an uncle or building a model airplane with an older sibling, toys are an essential part of the narrative of our upbringing. The best toys won't necessarily be the most expensive, as it's really all about your imagination and how the other kids and adults in your life engage with you.
This means, of course, that no matter his or her budget or family setup, a toy store can be a veritable smorgasbord of wonder to a child—and how an adult chooses to stock a toy store tells us a lot about how soon and in what way they want to instill wonder in said child. After all, if you're not planning to have children for a while, you'll probably focus on adult-friendly toys like Warhammer and model planes. If, on the other hand, you've been parenting for a few years already, you'll lean toward the categories like "Anything that buys me a little quiet," "Whatever they want" and "Stuff that doesn't rot their brains!" If you're somewhere between the two extremes, you may prefer a mix. Tell us how you'd stock your dream toy store, and we'll figure out when your first baby will be joining us—or if they already have!