Monday, December 22, 2008

Press Release about Funkey Trunk Micro Transactions System

Most of us are already familiar with this latest release, but here is an announcement released today that further explains about the new Funkey Trunk micro transactions system:

U.B. FunkeysTM Debuts Funkey Trunk Micro Transactions for Access to Exclusive Game Enhancements

{To read about what other players are saying about the problems they are having with this 4.5 update, please see the comments at this post}


SOURCE: Arkadium
Dec 22, 2008 09:00 ET
U.B. FunkeysTM Debuts Funkey Trunk
Micro Transactions for Access to Exclusive Game Enhancements Developed in Conjunction With Arkadium, Funkey Trunk Gives Players the Power to Purchase New Add-Ons for Their Virtual Experience
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 22,
2008) - Radica, a division of Mattel, in conjunction with causal game and software developer Arkadium, today announced the launch of its new Funkey Trunk micro transactions system. As the latest addition to U.B. Funkeys™, a popular interactive game that combines vinyl toy collecting with the world of gaming, Funkey Trunk enhances players' user experience by providing them with the ability to purchase exclusive new add-ons for their virtual world. The new Funkey Trunk is made up of two parts: My Funkey Trunk and Angus' Lab.


In My Funkey Trunk, items called Funkey Familiars and Portal Jammers can be purchased.Funkey Familiars are virtual Funkeys that grant access to the Game Rooms that belong to a specific Funkey, without having to own the physical Funkey first. Players who already own that physical Funkey will receive extra features with a Funkey Familiar. Portal Jammers are items that allow players to pass through any Portal, into any Game Room, or into any game for a one-time preview.


Also introduced in this release is Angus, a new character in the U.B. Funkeys™ world who walks around and can be accessed within every Zone. When clicked on, players are transported to his lab where new items such as mood indicators and animated and interactive items for a player's home base, or Crib, can be found.


"Our teams have created a 'loot' system that allows parents or guardians to securely add funds for their children to spend in the U.B. Funkeys™ virtual world," said Jeff Bruneau, Sr. Marketing Manager for U.B. Funkeys™. "These micro transactions are a fun way to educate children on responsible spending habits, while letting them customize their gaming experience. Because these items are available within the controlled virtual environment, parents can be assured that they will continue to provide fun even past the holiday season and are appropriate for children."


Loot is purchased through a secure online system inside the U.B. Funkeys™ PC game software. Parents can purchase loot easily and the Loot added in the Funkey Trunk does not have an expiration date if not spent. The balance can be tracked by the player though the 'My Loot Balance' area, and a complete list of transactions can be viewed in the 'Transactions' section of all accounts.


Vinyl toy collecting and online virtual gaming are both popular activities among today's young adults and children. This latest enhancement of U.B. Funkeys™ further marries the vinyl figure collecting trend with the world of online casual gaming and delivers an all-new virtual experience filled with fun, exploration and games. The U.B. Funkeys™ Starter Kit, available at major retailers everywhere, includes the U.B. Funkeys™ hub, figure and PC software. Individual Funkeys figures are also available for sale separately.


About Mattel
Mattel, Inc. (NYSE: MAT) (http://www.mattel.com/) is the worldwide leader in the
design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, American Girl®, Radica:® and Tyco® R/C, as well as Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People®, Power Wheels® and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. Mattel is recognized as one of 2008's "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE Magazine. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs more than 30,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Mattel's vision is to be the world's premier toy brands -- today and tomorrow.


About Arkadium
Arkadium is the premier game solutions developer for the advergaming and casual game markets. The company's growing archive of over 200 Flash-based and custom game solutions currently reaches millions of people through some of the most popular online destinations and corporate branded Web sites on the Internet. For more information visit http://www.arkadium.com/.

28 comments:

CP funkeys said...

Robyn sorry to rain on your parade but I think it is just an evil rip off so they can get money.

Onewa80 said...

Okay! Check blog! I called them! See what she said!

-80

Roco said...

Mirco trans what???

Robyn said...

CP Funkeys - No parade, just reporting the news. But I agree, and I am not very fond of the idea! However, I have yet to get the update, so I suppose I'll give it a chance until I get to check it out myself!
Thanks for coming by & leaving a comment. If I haven't added your blog to my list yet, I will do that soon, I'll go check!

chris said...

I just called Radica and for my problem. They said to wait a few days or uninstall and reinstall the game and use my unique funkey name.

Robyn said...

Thanks, Onewa80 & Chris for sharing what you found out.

And for those of you who want to go to Onewa's blog, you can click on his highlighted name on his comment, and that will take you to his profile which lists his blog.

pit272 said...

so is the problem fixed? can i download it?

pit272 said...

I downloaded it.. again and i hit lets go and still nothing so is it fixed or my un funkeys is broken

pit272 said...

what should i do robyn, have you downloaded it?

Robyn said...

Hi Pit272, I haven't downloaded it yet, I still get the message about Master Lox. Please see Chris's comment above, and what Onewa80 wrote on his blog. I don't have any new information.
Oh, and AugieWan has some information on his blog at www.ubfunkeys.thespeakeasy.com

Sorry that I don't know anymore than that right now!

pit272 said...

I hope they fix it i want a familiar and robyn which one are you getting i am going to get either from series 1 vroom, deuce, or xener

Anonymous said...

wahts the password for stitchs quest?????

pit272 said...

is the update fixed i want to get funkey familiar and angus manor

pit272 said...

Hi robyn i am trying to download 4.5, its 12:45 a.m., and i click lets go and nothing it doesnt open it and slows down my fast speed internet, i hope i dont have to reinstall it and start over because i worked hard to get everything i have in ubfunkeys, i want the trunk update badly and funkey familiars! Have they fixed it

Roco said...

*****************SPOILER***********


The password is Funkopotamus hope that helps anonomaus.
-Funk on

pit272 said...

I want the update badly please help!

pit272 said...

Please help i want the update i downloaded it then i click lets go and still nothing and now i cant download it because of master lox do i have to wait like 2 hours after i press lets go or something i want the trunk, storyline, angus lab, angus, the familiars, and everything to go back to normal. Have you downloaded it robyn, if not are you going to call if someone calls tell them my problem and please not reinstalling it i worked hard for all have

kewl said...

what is the number so I can contact the people about my problem?

Robyn said...

Okay, Pitt272, I just called for you. They are still having problems with the network, it is up intermittantly, but they say look for it to be up and fixed in the next 24 hours.
So, hang in there and try to wait until tomorrow (Weds.), maybe even later today.

Let's hope it will be worth your wait!

pit272 said...

Thanks robyn by the way which familiar are you getting from series 1

Robyn said...

I wish I could answer that, but I don't even know what a familiar is yet! Since I still don't have the 4.5 update yet, I don't know anything about it yet (I'm sad to say!) But I am looking forward to finding out, and I'll answer once the server is up again!

Anonymous said...

i got version 4.5 but i cant acces his lab because master lox jammed the connection how do i fix this

big bopper said...

My son got a funky for christmas. I spent several hours loading the game onto the computer and getting all the updates. It seemed to be working OK. But when I put one of the small funkies onto the big funky it looked for more updates. sure enough it found I needed to upgrade to vs 4.5. I down loaded this and pressed "lets go" when prompted. However, it never restarted my game. I double clicked on the funky Icon and nothing happens. When I opened task manager there are two processes for funkeys:

UBFunkey_Update.exe - Used 0 CPU
UBFUNKeys.exe - using 98-100% CPU

This is the only thing I have running and my computer meets the minimum requirements for the game. Am I missing something? Is anyone else having this problem. My son is soooo disappointed. He was really excited for this game. Maybe we will go back to Club Penguin.com

Anonymous said...

That is the same thing that has happened to us. I have spent 20+ hours trying to get this thing figured out. I even talked to a rep - but they were not very helpful.

Anonymous said...

i got the update it is awesome i can even get a mini teleporter to teleport in my crib

Anonymous said...

I'm having the same problem.The 4.5 update won't load. So as I was looking around I saw your comment about the task manager thing. Unfortunately I'm not very high-tech and don't know how to get to task manager. I'm trying to fix it for my little sister. One of her friends got the update, but she didn't, so now she is really disappointed. If anyone can help me with this problem, I will be extremely grateful.

Robyn said...

This post might help you. See what Jill wrote & that might work for you: UB Funkey update isn't working

Anonymous said...

After i got the 4.5 update when i try to buy loot it just turns my funky window to window view and nothing happens? Whats wrong