My daughter's birthday is coming up and my brother got her a small pile of these UB Funkey things. It's a PC game system and you get a USB Hub-type character who is bigger than the little funkey guys and you slap the little funkeys into his back and go and play in a persistant online world. Depending on which little Funkeys you have, more online content is opened up (what a concept! GO BUY $$ GO BUY $$ GO BUY!).
We picked her up some more. This is a list of what she has I started for grandparents, freinds and relatives(sorta like a wedding registry eh?) . Any of you with kids out there, it's great for 7-8 year olds but I'd wager a bright 5-6 year old would have fun too. My almost 4-something enjoys it as well. They sell for about $6 and change (usually 0.99 cents of it).
To further confusing things they are classified as Normal, Rare and Very Rare. They don't release as many Very Rare ones, the Normals are common place and the Rare are in between. I try to pick up the Very Rare when I can.
UPDATE: My brother says: "the characters can earn coins in the games to buy things for your "crib". The rare Characters supposedly earn coins at double what the regular ones do, the very rare earn them at triple. Also, the rare and very rare are able to buy additional items in the shops to spruce up your crib, but I'm not sure of the details on that..."
These are the ones she has already
As of 2008-12-29
Online Spreadsheet of Jade's Funkey's