Time for Part 7 of my series reviewing Bitcoin NFT Projects built on Stacks. This time, we’re going to look at one of the less-known, yet more intriguing collections, Space Whales. You can find the first six entries in my series, right here:
- Part 1 – Bitcoin Birds
- Part 2 – The Explorer Guild
- Part 3 – Funky Donuts
- Part 4 – Marbling
- Part 5 – Phases of Satoshi
- Part 6 – Tiger Force
The History of the Space Whales NFT Collection
Researching this particular collection has left me with more questions than answers. There really isn’t a whole lot of evidence from the start of this project. When I search the topic on a variety of engines, one of the first entries that pops up are my writeups on the Stacks NFT’s from back in October. There isn’t a Twitter account associated with this collection. As far as I can tell, the minting process took place on October 7, 2021.
Who Created The Space Whales Bitcoin NFT Collection?
This remains another mystery. There is no website, Twitter or Discord associated with this particular NFT. If you know who the creator is, please let me know in the comments.
What Was the Mint Price?
According to my notes that I took when researching this blog post back in October of 2021, the mint price was 80 STX. I can’t find confirmation of this online, so we’re going with that. With the price of Stacks at $1.44 on that date, this means that the minting price for a Space Whale was around $115.20.
How Many NFT’s are there in this Collection?
There are 320 Space Whales NFT’s.
What Do Space Whales NFT’s Look Like?
So, now we get to the part about why I am devoting a blog page to this particular collection. I mean, here is one of the very few NFT sets on Stacks where there is no conventional community behind it. We know that the future of non-fungible tokens will be in their utility they provide and there is none here. The creator is curiously missing in action. It’s almost as if this project was simply abandoned. So, why would I write about Space Whales when there are so many other projects on Stacks with their own P2E games, DAO’s and metaverses on deck?
This is why:
Just a visually striking image that makes you question just what in the Deep Space Nine is going on there. Some futuristic looking alien craft with a claw holding a giant whale. The whale’s mouth is open, but I mean… is it smiling? Is it getting ready to swallow something up? I’m absolutely brimming with questions about this. But I’m also really intrigued by this visual display. Even Stacks Founder, Muneeb Ali grabbed one in mid-October of last year.
Space Whale NFT’s are whales that face to the viewer’s right and are attached to different spaceships and/or weapons. Unlike many NFT’s Space Whales are not precisely centered.
What Are the Rarity Attributes of Space Whales NFT’s?
There is only one listed rarity attribute:
- Class – This is the type of spaceship that is holding the whale, like this example with the “X15” ship.
However, there are different colored backgrounds. The whales themselves have different colored bodies. Some whales are even retrofitted with large cannons, space rifles, etc. Why didn’t the artist add these factors as attributes contributing to rarity?
What is the Rarest Space Whales Bitcoin NFT?
Space Whales Sidewinder #9 is the most rare in the collection.
Which Space Whales Bitcoin NFT is the Dopest IHMO?
For me, that’s Space Whales Raptor #5. A giant neon green colored whale coming in strapped and being carried by, wait, that isn’t even a spaceship… it’s an artillery mount with two more cannons. Get swallowed whole by a giant whale or swiss-cheesed up by space artillery, your choice.
How Far Along Are They on Their Roadmap?
Roadmap? I can’t even find the artist!
What Utility Do These NFT’s Have?
None whatsoever. This whole project is criminally underutilized. Wouldn’t whales, spaceships and guns make for an absolutely compelling mix for a P2E game? It could be played in outer space. Or a virtual oceanic environment. Why not a game with missions to save whales? Why not a combat game against other Space Whales? I’m spitballing here, but it stands to reason that someone could build so much on this NFT collection.
How Strong is the Space Whales Bitcoin NFT Community?
Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be one. There is no website, Twitter or Discord associated with the project. Mentions of anyone who owns this project on Twitter are few and very far between.
How Much Do Space Whale NFT’s Cost Today?
As of June 5, 2022, this collection has a current floor price of 18 STX. With STX at $0.53, purchasing one floor Space Whales NFT will cost approximately $9.54 USD. With a $115.20 USD price at minting, a floor value Space Whale Bitcoin NFT has lost 92% of its value in USD since minting.
The Future for The Space Whale Bitcoin NFT Collection
Currently, these NFT’s have no utility and no plan to add any in the future. But they are conversation starting, visually impressive tokens with a current floor price tag under $10. Personally, I would love to see someone take over the project and build a P2E game around it.
Where Can I Purchase Space Whale NFT’s?
Space Whale NFT’s can be purchased at:
- Spacewhales Marketplace | Byzantion – Bitcoin-Secured Stacks Marketplace
- Space Whales – Marketplace | Gamma
Are Space Whale NFT’s a Good Investment?
While none of this is to be construed as financial advice (please see the website disclaimer), anyone who reads this blog or follows my Twitter already knows that I am very bullish on the outlook for Stacks cryptocurrency, the underlying currency for Space Whale Bitcoin NFT’s.
NFT’s on Stacks are absolutely exploding since their debut in 2021. In addition to their recent listing on Coinbase, the Stacks ecosystem is best represented on OKCoin, where you can get exposure to Stacks, Arkadiko Finance, and CityCoins like MiamiCoin and NYCCoin. Stacks is the protocol that brings d’Apps, NFT’s and Ethereum-like utility to Bitcoin. I am a believer that any exposure to Stacks comes with tremendous future upside potential. So, while everyone should do their own research before investing in any NFT or cryptocurrency, I think the future of most NFT projects on Stacks hold considerable promise.
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