RTE viewers said they got “all the feels” watching the new documentary The Toy Show.
The Toy Shop aired tonight on RTE One and it looked at the people and places that spark the imaginations of their youngest customers and the memories of their elders.
This documentary focused on the fundamental and underestimated role of toys in our lives as vectors of dreams, happiness and love for sellers and customers.
These business owners discussed the power of toys and the role they play in making our wildest dreams come true – from becoming a pilot, teacher, artist to opening a toy store.
Toy shops featured in the documentary were: Nimble Fingers, Dublin; Dublin City Comics (action figure shop); Duffy’s Toyworld, Dunleer; Co Louth; Mulligan’s, Omeath, Co Louth; Bear Essentials, Bawnboy, Co Cavan; My old toybox, Belfast; Tinney’s Toys, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
Also in the hour-long documentary were: McGreevey’s, Westport, Co Mayo; Wooden Heart, Galway; Cubs, Ennis, Co Clare; McGillicuddy’s, Listowel, County Kerry; The Toy Soldier Factory, Macroom, Co Cork; Pinnochio’s, Liege; Models RB, Clonmel, Co Tipperary; Mark’s Models, Hawkin’s Street, Dublin; May Roche’s, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick.
Many children have visited these different toy stores and shared why they love to visit and the stories they have created from their time in these spaces.
The business owners also talked about some of their biggest sellers and how parents can get “emotional” trying to find the toys their kids want for Christmas.
RTE viewers flocked to Twitter after the documentary to share their love for the “wholesome” show.
Catherine tweeted, saying, “What a beautiful doc. Something very wholesome and pure to counter the constant negativity surrounding us right now.”
Eamon said, “#thetoyshop on RTE. The kind of wholesome program you love to see made.”
Lily wrote: “All the thrills watching #TheToyShop on @RTEOne
“Real toy stores = real Santa Claus. In fact, I think Tony Duffy could be the #realsantaclaus.”
Amy gushed: “A toy store documentary. Oh yeah, that’s the one that got me emotionally rocked.”
While another viewer also tweeted saying, “This program is so wholesome #TheToyShop.”