20,000 unique 3D characters from the guys who made CryptoPunks
It’s been just under four years since Larva Lab’s first NFT release, CryptoPunks. This now incredibly well known 8-bit character, blockchain based, collectibles prototype project has undeniably played a pivotal role in mainstreaming digital art owned on the blockchain. Completely revolutionizing the digital and traditional, tangible art worlds. It’s been just over two years since Larva Lab’s second NFT release, AutoGlyphs. The first ‘On-Chain’ generative art NFT which pushed the envelope of digital art potential on the Ethereum blockchain. Things sure have changed a lot in this time! Now, without any further ado, Meebits have arrived! LL’s 3rd NFT project is their first rendered in 3D, yet they still manage to pull off that familiar and charming Larva Labs style!
There is some great variety found among multiple attributes. There 18,881 ‘Human’ Meebits
Even at first glance, I really think these are pretty great looking 3D character models. I especially like the wide variety of different styles, patterns, and colors used to diversify traits, even among similar specific attributes. It looks like these Meebits are primed for the Metaverse too! A handful of pretty nifty extras are available to the verified owner of each Meebit, including 3D model files and lossless images for each individual character. I’m already stunned by the many awesome videos of Discord community members playing with their Meebits in AR! This is going to be so much fun!!!
Each Meebit is a unique 3D voxel character, created by a custom generative algorithm, and registered on the Ethereum blockchain.
The Meebits NFT contract that governs ownership is a standard ERC-721 which works with any compatible service or exchange.
Also included in the contract is a custom no-fee marketplace that supports like-kind trading of up to 100 Meebits per transaction, along with all the standard buy, bid, and ask transactions.
These special little guys are going to make incredibly fun and functional 2D, 3D, AR, VR, and traditional avatars!
Owners of a Meebit are given access to an additional asset pack that include the full 3D model. Use it to render and animate your Meebit, or use as your avatar in the metaverse.
All Meebit owners can access a T-pose VOX file that can be opened in MagickaVoxel and exported for most standard 3D modeling and animation software.
Also included in the assets pack are high resolution, lossless renders.
Larva Lab’s built in marketplace allowing native Meebit trading might not seem like a killer feature when first considered, but don’t underestimate the potential impact of this crucial addition! This particular capability is more than just another practical, forward-thinking, and deliberate addition made by the developers. It’s one which I suspect will result in unprecedented user engagement, thanks largely to the minimal friction Meebit community members will experience swapping for their most desired Meebits. At last, without the worry of having to trust a 3rd party to handle such NFT trades. The marketplace supports simple buy, bid and sell transactions, as well as more complex trades involving up to 50 Meebits on each side of the transaction. The capability to swap many for many, many for few, as well as the ability to deposit and add ETH to pose trades with as well, all from within the Larva Labs native Meebits marketplace is a most welcome new addition! Long-time community members will definitely be making extensive use of this feature.
The 3D model view allows each Meebit to be viewed from every possible angle
Less than 6 hours after Meebits were announced, the 9,000 made available in the public minting completely sold out at 2.5 ETH each. This amounted to well over $70 Million worth of ETH at the time for the Larva Labs developers! Big congrats guys, you are clearly the best! Next, and just as exciting, the remaining 11,000 Meebits were reserved for CryptoPunk and AutoGlyph holders on a 1:1 basis! An absolutely incredible reward for the incredibly loyal Larva Labs community! Between the two mintings the distribution is looking pretty solid as well, with over 4,400 total Meebit holders.
😶😶 The Meebits are sold out! 😶😶 The Community Grant will remain open for the rest of the week, so still plenty of time for punk/glyph owners to claim theirs. What an amazing day, thank you everybody! 😶— Larva Labs (@larvalabs) May 3, 2021
There have already several big sales, especially among the rare Meebit types. ‘Visitors’ have been the rarest and most expensive to sell up to this point. Some ‘Skeletons’ and ‘Robots’ have done pretty well too. Early price action suggests the project has really hit the ground running! It’s not just the ultra high-end Meebits selling either.. Don’t wait too long to find the one you’ll be wanting...
There are only 72 ‘Robot’ Meebits, 57 ‘Skeletons’, and 18 ‘Visitors’
Obviously the ‘Visitors’ are super rare, but I actually think the ‘Robots’ and ‘Skeletons’ look just as cool. I really can’t decide which I like best. Can’t wait to see these guys in motion!
There are 256 ‘Elephant’ Meebits and 711 ‘Pigs’
There is still one more Meebit type, which is by far the rarest of all. More rare than any class of previous Larva Lab’s NFT. Especially considering this release is their largest supply to-date!
Dissected! There are only 5 Meebits of this type, and 1 of them is still yet to be minted!
These are just so crazy and cool looking I can hardly stand it! Almost seems a shame there are so few...
There have not been any ‘Dissected’ Meebit sales… Yet
With the Larva Labs team continually tweaking and updating the Meebits webpage as well as the community Discord, there is still plenty more to be excited about. Especially considering the CryptoPunk Christies auction is now less than two days away!
See you there gang!