Toys in the Hood
Okay, ´fess up. When you see those promotional signs for the Big Boys and Their Toys expo, do you honestly think about a bunch of testosterone-charged, Monday Night Football-watching dudes checking out graphite golf clubs and custom autos in some clinical convention hall? Didnt think so. You probably equate Big Boys to penis size and Their Toys to, well, penis size. Perv.
Gren R. Radcliff, owner of the Synthetic Compound toy store, is a dapper 26-year-old boy who may be, uh, big (youll have to ask his girlfriend to see if hes long in the shorts), but theres no question that he hearts toys. [The store] tries to carry a vast selection focusing mostly on smaller companies and customizable toys from around the world, says Radcliff. My faves are the FLCL Canti artist series, a Japanese design with French, U.S., and Argentinean artists, and anything from the Japanese artist Touma. The space also houses supercool creations by local artisans, including Roy Wasson Valles egg-sculpture characters, books and plushes by writer/illustrator Daniel Davis of Steamcrow Press, and a line of one-of-a-kind products by Camilla Taylor.
Synthetic Compound's grand-opening party will feature a 7:30 renegade parade beginning at anti_space, 420 North Fourth Street, ending at The Firehouse, and featuring superheroes, music makers, and shopping cart floats organized by Babs-o-Matic, a member of downtowns way-underground Team S., which was apparently founded by a dog named Starflash. Crazy kids.