A short-lived concept to enhance gaming, toys-to-life games offered promising potential as a viable genre, however, they could not hold an audience beyond their gimmicky nature. Gamers love games and they love collectibles from games, so the toys-to-life concept seemed as though it should have taken off. There were several attempts to make this model work in unique styles, yet ultimately none of them quite hit the mark.
The toys-to-life genre has largely become defunct, with many servers shutting down, but there are a few games which – while no longer supported with new content – are still playable and worth exploring. Though toys-to-life was a concept popularized by more mainstream lines like Activision’s Skylanders, it began three years before Skylanders with U.B. Funkeys, a