A landmark partnership between ITV Studios and Reality+ means fans will soon be able to buy and trade officially licensed nonfungible token (NFT) artwork based on the classic TV show Thunderbirds.
ITV Studios has partnered with Reality+ to create the “Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club,” a premium, utility-focused NFT community experience that represents an exciting reimagining of the classic property’s unique style and vision for the 21st century.
Owners of Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club artworks will be granted access to their own unique avatar for use in The Sandbox metaverse alongside unique competitions, giveaways, free drops and official merchandise, and a generative art drop on Sept. 30.
Sebastien Borget, co-founder and chief operating officer of The Sandbox, said, “We’re pleased to partner up with ITV Studios and Reality+ to launch the legendary Thunderbirds franchise into the metaverse. The Sandbox continues to bring culture and entertainment with Thunderbirds, allowing fans to own, play and become creative as they imagine and bring to life new adventures and stories with their characters of the original series.”
The project will also give holders the opportunity to take part in real-world “Rescue Missions,” in which funds generated via the Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club’s NFT sales will be used to aid charities and good causes around the world.
The Rescue Missions
Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club is an international organization set up to change the world, one rescue mission at a time. A global community of Thunderbirds fans all over the world joining together to support our missions. The project has raised 7,500 British pounds of its fundraising goal, and as part of the launch this week, 20% of all future sales go directly toward helping charities like Dobrich Dog Rescue. The community will help to decide what future missions Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club undertake.
Mission 1 took place at Dobrich Dog Rescue in Bulgaria, a charity that rescues and rehomes stray dogs.
Fans will be able to collect NFT artworks of vehicles, locations and character artwork based on the original and much-loved TV show, which was first broadcast in 1965 and followed the exploits of the Tracy family and their international rescue service. The show was created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and is famous for its innovative use of marionette puppetry, or “supermarionation.”
All Thunderbirds NFTs are focused on future utility, with the upcoming generative art pieces granting users access to the “International Rescue Club” and the ability to create a 3D Thunderbirds avatar based on their NFT attributes, which they can then use to explore The Sandbox metaverse, a huge virtual world accessible via PC and mobile.
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