It’s a motley crew of characters in Times Square. They are there day and night in front of Toys-R-Us. In a matter of seconds, they turn one of the quickest profits in the city. A three step process that has been paying dividends for years: take a picture, collect a dollar in the tip pouch, and move onto the next family. Only the characters say it’s not a business. Instead they’re expressing their artistic side — and are therefore protected by the First Amendment.