Toy Polloi

Meet the Mr. Potato Head of the new millennium

Who knew that Mr. Potato Head, the spud born of George Lerner's childhood imagination that Hasbro marketed to the masses in the ’50s, was the forerunner of a bright DIY future? These days, interchangeable plastic features have given way to Kidrobot’s Munny, a blank canvas of a toy figure that offers an infinite number of customizable possibilities. There’s also the Mini Munny, the four-inch version in smooth and soft vinyl, which you can see at the local designer-toy-and-collectible-art hot spot Synthetic Compound.

Gren Radcliff, the Compound’s head figure in charge, explains the appeal of a toy devoid of features other than its form: “It’s basically many different artists working from the same base and getting to explore in their own way,” he says. Throughout Art Detour weekend, the studio will showcase a dozen new creations by local artists such as Lalo Cota and Uzi Flakes. Mini Munnys in their natural, blank-slate state are also available to purchase for $10.


March 7-May 31, 2008
 
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