Toy Story

Librarian shares bracket polls throughout holiday season


Librarian Dan Wright sent out the toy bracket this December. “It is very important that you support the weird bracket community. Twice a year I make a strange bracket and I send it out and hope that people will respond,” Wright said. His favorite childhood toy was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figurine.

It’s that time of year again. Librarian Dan Wright has sent out another annual odd bracket survey, and this time it is over your favorite childhood toys. The bracket was created by Stephanie Ochoa’s husband who included a wide variety ranging from video games to classic board games.

“It is very important that you support the weird bracket community. Twice a year I make a strange bracket and I send it out and hope that people will respond to enjoy just a little bit of something. It’s a tough part of the year, you know?” Wright said. “It’s that time of the year where you just have too many meetings, too much homework, too many things to keep track of, can I just take 45 seconds to think about nothing of importance?”

Some of the games included in the bracket are bound to lose. Wright shared his opinions on his least favorite toys included.

“I had a bit of a struggle. As much as I love it, I don’t love that so many video game systems made it in, except Gameboy. The thing with console gaming systems is you can’t travel with it anywhere.That’s just like, ‘You have to come in my house and sit in a particular room to play.’ That, and I don’t like the fan toys. Like the Thai beanie babies or the Furbies, or even the Tamagotchis,” Wright said.

Even though so many cool toys were put on the bracket, Wright missed out on seeing a specific toy.

“You used to be able to buy at Toys R Us and different toy stores these little handheld games that could only play one thing, and it was like stick figure movements,” Wright said. “There was no kind of graphics, but you could get like golf, or baseball, or like a weird fighting game or whatever. They probably cost like six bucks. They were terrible, but those I would have liked to see on there. We probably had like six of them.”

Wright missed seeing his handheld video games on the bracket, but what he misses even more would be seeing his favorite childhood toys.

“We were big into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in fact my parents kept them, so now they are in my basement. We should probably throw them away, but that was the thing for me,” Wright said.

With Christmas around the corner, Wright, using the bracket, has some insight as to what the popular gifts are to buy.

“Well I said no to console gaming. That’s the Christmas gift. That’s the one that everyone wants. Anything like that or a Switch,” Wright said. “Although some of it is more physical. I mean we found last year a Simon Sorry! board game, so it’s the Sorry! board game, combined with Simon. So like you have to do the pattern, and then you can move your thing and it is really annoying.”