UK-based blockchain startup CryptoKaiju has announced the launch of its second generation, Ethereum-powered crypto collectibles.
Called Jaiantokoin, the new collectible follows in the footsteps of 2018’s inaugural figure, Genesis, the world’s first vinyl toy to be fully traceable on a public blockchain. Genesis figures sold out in just 40 days and went on to be sold on secondary markets for as much as US$280 per collectible, compared to their original price of US$55.
“The demand was so high that people were still requesting Genesis up until last month,” said Oliver Carding, co-founder of CryptoKaiju. “Months after selling out we are still receiving weekly requests from people looking to buy one.”
Like Genesis, Jaiantokoin toys use tamper resistant near field communication (NFC) tags and are digitally unique. Each figure is backed by a ERC-721, non-fungible token (NFT), making every single toy one of its kind on the Ethereum blockchain. Each is linked physically and digitally for improved handling of provenance, authenticity and scarcity.
The token contains metadata which describes certain aspects of the collectible, such as its birth date, gender, color, a description and two personality traits such as “intelligence” or “creativity.” It ensures that the collectible can’t be duplicated, counterfeited or faked.
“We used the feedback from our customers and everything we learnt from our first collectible to improve the product,” Carding said. “We completely revised the original feet design from our original prototype to ensure the NFT is even more secure for example. I am sure fans of the project will be equally pleased with our second generation figures.”
Blockchain-powered crypto collectibles rose to fame in 2017 when CryptoKitties went vital, with some rare kitties going for well over US$100,000 each. CryptoKitties is an Ethereum-based virtual game that lets users buy, sell, collect, breed and exchange unique cats. Like CryptoKaiju figures, CryptoKitties uses Ethereum’s ERC-721 protocol, a NFT standard originally authored by the CryptoKitties team.
In February 2019, New York City hosted the first major US event dedicated to NFT, bringing together developers, entrepreneurs, gamers, artists and fans to explore the opportunities related to this new type of digital assets.
NFT.NYC 2019 was attended by over 450 participants from more than 15 countries and featured 85 speakers, including some of the biggest names in gaming, sports and art.
The release of the Jaiantokoin figures comes on the heels of the news that LVMH, a luxury brand conglomerate, is preparing to launch a blockchain platform for providing the authenticity of high-priced goods, according to a report from CoinDesk.
The cryptographic provenance platform, called AURA and built using a permissioned version of the Ethereum blockchain called Quorum, is expected to go live in May or June and will provide proof of authenticity of luxury items and trace their origins from raw materials to point of sale and beyond to used-goods markets.
Launching worldwide on March 27, 2019, CryptoKaiju’s second generation crypto collectibles are priced US$55 each. The limited edition figures come in two different styles: a giant Bitcoin monster and the scarcer giant Ethereum monster.
The batch is limited to 250 pieces and shipping will commence on April 2, 2019.
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