Gen art drop goes live on September 30, 2022.
A landmark partnership between ITV Studios and Reality+ means fans will soon be able to buy and trade officially licensed NFT artwork based on the classic TV show ‘Thunderbirds.’ Watch the official trailer here.
ITV Studios has partnered with Reality+ to create the ‘Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club,’ a premium, utility-focused non-fungible token (NFT) community experience that represents an exciting re-imagining 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, official merchandise and a generative art drop on September 30, 2022. Check out the website here for more details.
Sebastien Borget, co-founder and COO 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.”
Tony Pearce, co-founder at Reality+, said,
“Like millions of others, I grew up watching ‘Thunderbirds’ on television, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be partnering with ITV Studios to create a modern vision for the Thunderbirds franchise that will focus on community and aid good causes around the world. This partnership is a ringing endorsement of our Web 3.0 platform and further highlights the growing importance of NFTs within entertainment media.”
Neil Bowler, controller of games at ITV, said,
“‘Thunderbirds’ is adored by millions of fans of all ages around the world, so we’re really excited to announce our partnership. Reality+ has a strong track record of creating amazing entertainment experiences using blockchain technology, utilizing only the best content and most sustainable production techniques. We can’t wait to give fans the opportunity to use these NFTs to enter the metaverse as Thunderbirds characters for the very first time.”
The project will also give holders (DAO) 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 joined together to support our missions.
The project has raised $8,324 of their 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 will undertake.
Mission one took place at Dobrich Dog Rescue in Bulgaria, a charity that rescues and rehomes stray dogs.
You can see how we made a difference to the project in the video below.
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.
The gen art sale goes live on September 30, 2022. Check out the website here for more details.
About ITV Studios
ITV Studios is a creator, producer and distributor of world-leading programs that people can’t get enough of. We connect millions of people every day and shape and reflect the world they live in. We are more than TV.
ITV Studios is home to some of the best creative minds, crafting over 8,400 hours of original programming across 60 production labels. Our global footprint spans 13 countries including the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, the Nordics, Italy and the Netherlands, and our global distribution business sells our catalog of over 90,000 hours to broadcasters and platforms around the world.
Reality+ develops innovative games and marketplaces that combine the best of traditional gaming with new technology based on the blockchain and NFTs, including the NFT-based trading card game ‘Doctor Who: Worlds Apart.’ The Reality+ development team has more than 20 years’ experience across mobile, PC, console, AR and VR games platforms.
Morley Dave, Sweetshop Media
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