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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Taejo (Speed Racer) U.B.Funkeys Figure on eBay

We were all disappointed last year when it was announced that the Speed Racer Series of U.B.Funkeys was not going to be completed and that the second wave was on hold (later to be canceled). Thanks to the lack-luster performance of the movie and sales of the toys, the license was a bust and Mattel/Radica needed to cut their losses.

U.B.Funkeys Taejo Funkeys

Fast forward to last week and some saw a listing on eBay for a group of used Funkeys that included what looked to be a Taejo Funkey or at least what looked to be a REALLY good fake. I'm assuming a little here, but the winner of that auction is likely the one who this week is now selling a Taejo on eBay. They claim to have played it and claim that it works...

The description reads:




Bid at your own risk, but this seller does have really good feedback, so I have a hard time believing that they are lying about it. I'm just really curious how this got out on the market...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never mind, too expesive. Why isn't my password working? I guess I'll just do anoymous. p.s. I'm Crent

April 9, 2009 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Daisee said...

It is a real Taejo. I emailed back and forth with the original seller. He worked for Radica until he was laid of in November of last year. He did all the original packaging designs for UB Funkeys and he said it was a Prototype. He said he had no idea that there are dedicated (read addicted lol) UB Funkey collectors. I let him know that indeed there were collectors out there!! I also told him about the UBFunkeys@theSpeakEasy site. This new seller is the same person who purchased it in the lot because you can see it in their feedback. So it is a real Taejo!

April 9, 2009 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep he exists. I was the original seller. Had no idea what he was worth. Don't think he's worth more than 5 bucks but then again I created all the logos, packaging and the line look of all the series and I saw these things every day on my desk for years. The very Talented Ethan Wood is the industrial designer responsible for the look and feel of the actual Funkeys. Last things I worked on was DC Super Heroes and Hidden Realm and all the specialty packs and DOT. I wished I had a bunch of DOTS to sell. Anyway, Mattel decided to do layoff and I got snubbed by the the big orange ball. I've heard Funkeys is starting to tumble off the face of the map for the retailers so you may find some great deals out there if you look. Mattel will kill it if it doesn't make the bottom line. Don't know if this answers any questions for you Funkey Fanatics but if you know off anyone looking for a wicked Art Director... send them my way. And a BIG HELLO to Daisee!


April 10, 2009 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Gioku said...

hmm... I wonder how much it will end up going for?

April 11, 2009 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Observant said...

Curious that when I compare the previously available picture that speakeasy has had up with the ebay picture I see that the eBay Taejo has extra eyebrows and what looks like a different mouth.

April 11, 2009 9:05 PM  
Blogger bones111 said...

I saw it to p.s.can you follow my blog thanks.

April 11, 2009 10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the speak easy has pics of taejo with two different looks. The actual Taejo is one of them, but in the ebay pictures,the face in the corner of the screen has the face of the other taejo, no eyebrows and sneer

April 11, 2009 11:45 PM  
Anonymous dreamy89 said...

Now that you know taejo exists you can add him/her to the speed racer section in the funkey bio page or whatever you call it.

April 12, 2009 12:47 PM  
Anonymous akaabbey said...

Wow up to $260.00 and with over 24 hours left to bid - it was at $169.00 last night.

April 12, 2009 3:02 PM  
Blogger Pteprocks said...

If you ask me, this should be a wake-up call for Mattel/Radica. This should show them how much people want Taejo (Plus how much they can jack up the price and still get people to buy it) and they SHOULD release him because of it, but I dunno if they're thinking like me or not.

April 13, 2009 1:38 PM  
Blogger Brossia said...

*Takes a deep breathe* I can't believe this figure sold for $800 I mean that is one fanatical Funkey collector and I thought I was bad! I sure hope Mattel realizes the need for them to issue a limited run of this figure.

April 13, 2009 8:54 PM  
Anonymous akaabbey said...

OMG $800.01 I am SHOCKED I mean I am an avid collector & do pay too much sometimes on eBay if I really have to but OMG..........I have bills to pay etc.....

April 14, 2009 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Dreamy89 said...

I know! Whoever brought it must have been of the heads! Seriously, $800 for a funkey? Think of all the other old funkeys you still didn't have that you could buy with that much money! :)

April 15, 2009 2:53 AM  
Anonymous Gioku said...

wow, that's WAY more than I thought it would go for, he's more Valuable than Dot! With $800.01 you could buy 161 other Funkeys! :O

April 15, 2009 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, whoever sold this funkey was very smart and made a profit of $700 off a piece of plastic :)

April 19, 2009 4:13 PM  
Blogger ub123 said...

hey you guys i found out something new i found a fun-tainer that is suppossed to contain your funkeys in! cop-y and past this into the browser if this dosnt work like a link!

April 27, 2009 2:59 PM  
Blogger pokemonfanatic said...

I heard it sold for 800$

May 8, 2009 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever bought that was pretty desperate to get rid of $$$

May 8, 2009 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when are you going to post more stuff?

May 9, 2009 3:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been a month since the last post. I think that's a record.

May 9, 2009 9:55 AM  

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