Best of Phoenix

Boy Toy: Jason Kiningham

All over town, overgrown kids are whispering at the water cooler, "Hey, have you been to Red Hot Robot?" The central Phoenix shop offers specialty limited-edition toys usually found only in bigger cities and online. The toys became popular in Japan (where else?) and made their way stateside, with many prominent graffiti artists designing their own series. They're highly collectible and, with their high price tags, aren't meant for kids. Jason Kiningham got in on the trend when he started giving Dunnies, tiny vinyl figurines that are almost irresistibly collectible, as gifts. As a toy collector, he realized there was a need for a store like this in the Valley (even Tucson had one before Phoenix, boo hoo) and since he opened his doors this summer, business has been booming.

I arrived in Phoenix a dreamer.

When I’m stuck in traffic, I wish I would've taken a different route.

I never forget to TiVo an episode of Lost.

One thing my mother doesn’t know about me is that I never really wanted to be a doctor.

On Saturday night, you can find me recovering from Friday night.

My favorite thing about summer in Phoenix is watching monsoon storms on the front porch.

If I could redo my first kiss, I’d kiss when I was a little older (my first kiss was in first grade).

The one dessert I refuse to eat is sweet potato pie.

If I was mayor of Phoenix, I’d declare an official "toy day."

In high school, I was the kid who always wore Smiths and Morrissey T-shirts.

In another life, I was a jewel thief.

On my nightstand, you’ll find a bunch of toys, of course.

The fictional character I’m most like is Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

One thing I want to do before I die is produce my own toy.

The best thing about Phoenix is sunshine almost every day.

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Megan Irwin
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