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Video game hardware
Collectible miniatures games
U.B. Funkeys was a personal computer game for children. However, it has been discontinued in the US. It can be played both online and offline. Play consists of a personal computer game that works together with collectible figures that represent characters in the game. There are over 45 different "species" of Funkey. Each comes in three color styles (normal, rare, and very rare).
Game play involves players placing figures in the hub, which in turn appear in the game. Each figure, when connected to the hub, allows players to unlock new areas of the game. The hub is purchased in a starter pack with two of the collectible figures. It is required to play the game. It began in August, 2007 and ended in January, 2010. The product was exhibited by Mattel in February 2007 at the American International Toy Fair and designed by Radica Games. The game software was developed by Arkadium.
Funkeys are small, colorful characters that inhabit Funkeystown, in a virtual world called Terrapinia. Players navigate a number of zones and portals where they play games to earn coins. With their coins they can buy items to decorate their homes, referred to as "cribs" in the game.
Each Funkey acts like a key that grants access to new zones in the game. Users progress through the game as they collect different figures. Each "tribe" (excluding Game Maker, Speed Racer, and Chat funkeys) is divided into three categories: Normal, Rare, and Very Rare. These refer to the objects they can earn and what color they are.
There were many portals to go through: Kelpy Basin, Magma Gorge, Laputta Station, Funkiki Island, Daydream Oasis, Nightmare Rift, Royalton Raceway, Hidden Realm, and Paradox Green. Some Funkeys could go through these portals and others could not.
There were six series of funkeys: Funkeystown, Funkiki Island, Speed Racer, Dream States (Daydream Oasis and Nightmare Rift), Hidden Realm, and Paradox Green.
The main antagonist of this series was Master Lox, a tall black blob with a skeleton mask who turned out to be Dr. Tinker, creator of the portals that lead to places. He created henchmen that look like robot funkeys(or security cameras), if they catch sight of you in the game they will chase you and if they catch you, they "steal" some of your coins. however if you find a Hoodwink (a small golden statue found at different places) they will steal it instead of your coins, and you have to obtain a new one. it is possible to get the Henchmen, Master Lox and Mayor Sayso figures in a rare collection. Similar is the Funkiki Island collection which includes "Jerry", a native, and the Pineapple King.
There was also a series of Wendy's Kids meal toys. Some of them include a Bobble Head, A Backpack clip, A 3D Board game and 2 CD Disks that have prototypes of the game.
Limited edition sets
There were also a number of sets, mainly groups of 2-4 funkeys that all came from the same area. They were called adventure packs as they came with all the funkeys from a certain world, and all of the funkeys from that world were necessary to complete the story line. Limited edition packs were created as well that came with Funkeys that you could not normally use. This included the Funkeystown adventure pack, and the Funkiki Island pack. The Funkeystown pack came with a Henchmen figure, a Master Lox figure, and the Mayor Sayso figure. These gave you access to some special areas including the Villains den (Henchmen/Master Lox) and every other clubhouse in the town, (Mayor Sayso). On a side note, Mayor Sayso could enter the clubhouses but not play the game. The Funkiki Island pack came with Jerry, who like Mayor Sayso could go to Funkiki cribs, a Funkiki native, like a henchman, and the Pineapple King.
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