When I was young the best stores for toys in my area were Hills and Harts. Still remember the ads for the former: Hills is where the toys are! They always had the most toys, and not just around XMas. Harts was in the same large space as a Big Bear grocery store and was later absorbed by them. They still had toys, but the selection dwindled pretty fast. Also got a lot from Treasure Island (not part of a chain) and Woolworths. The local mall had a toy store called Toyco which later became Circus World. Didn't get to Toys R Us much back then as it was a long drive to the closest store. In the 90s the mall had a large Family Toy Warehouse which stayed around until that small chain went out of business. Bought a lot of McFarlane figures like Spawn and all of the Total Chaos series there. And of course there was KB Toys in other malls.