The Sandbox, a leading decentralized gaming virtual world and a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, announced today it will launch the Shaun the Sheep NFT collection, “Shaun the Sheep Heroes”, on April 20th at 1 p.m. (UTC).
The collection will enable creators and players of The Sandbox to use six Shaun the Sheep characters within its gaming virtual world. A limited run of 831 Shaun the Sheep NFTs will be available for direct purchase on www.sandbox.game/shop with payment exclusively in SAND, the utility token of The Sandbox. Among the six Shaun The Sheep characters available as NFTs, the rarest piece will feature a unique Super Shaun to be sold at auction on OpenSea for 24 hours only.
Game creators in The Sandbox will be able to use the Shaun the Sheep NFTs within The Sandbox Game Maker beta version to begin creating their own stories and adventures featuring the characters of the globally famous family-favourite TV series. Players will be able to use these six ‘Super Sheep’ NFT characters in The Sandbox Game Maker, allowing them to create their own adventures, stories, and games and publish their creations on The Sandbox’s open metaverse – no coding or programming skills required.
The ‘Super Sheep’ appeared in episode three of Shaun the Sheep Season 6: Adventures from Mossy Bottom and expanded Shaun’s world with the drama and excitement of the superhero genre. The episode tells the tale of how the animals of Mossy Bottom Farm are subjected to bullying by the pigs until a costumed superhero appears. In true Shaun the Sheep style, the character’s new ‘super powers’ aren’t quite as sophisticated as you would imagine: dressed in a costume last seen on the washing line and wielding a borrowed leaf blower, the ‘Super Sheep’ restores peace to the farm… until the pigs discover his true identity.
The Shaun the Sheep NFTs will be available in varying rarity and scarcity and purchasable exclusively using SAND tokens. The use of blockchain technology and, specifically, NFTs allow owners of these playable digital collectibles to have transparent and independently verifiable proof of scarcity and ownership.
Following this sale, The Sandbox NFT Marketplace will continue featuring collectible digital assets from major brands and IPs, as well as from creators from its community, including featured and time-limited sales.
The Sandbox is building a unique virtual world where players can build, own, and monetize their gaming experiences using NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and SAND, the main utility token of the platform that serves as the basis of transactions and interactions. In The Sandbox, players create digital assets in the form of NFTs, upload them to the marketplace, and integrate them into games using the #nocode Game Maker.
“Who could imagine that a humble sheep would be a pioneer as the first virtual character turned into an NFT in The Sandbox gaming virtual world?” said Sebastien Borget, COO & Co-Founder of The Sandbox. “It is our pleasure to work with Aardman to empower the creators on our gaming platform to play, create, and engage with Shaun the Sheep through these branded and exclusive NFTs that anyone can now acquire on our Marketplace with this first exclusive sale.”
Adam Vincent-Garland, Category Manager – Interactive at Aardman said, “Shaun the Sheep recently celebrated his 25th anniversary and has become a global character brand loved by millions of people around the world. Here at Aardman we are always looking for innovative ways to reach our audiences and tell engaging stories, so we are excited to work with a platform that empowers its users to craft their own virtual worlds and create unique adventures like The Sandbox. We are very proud to not only be the first Sheep to enter the metaverse but also one of the first licensed characters!”