The Sandbox partners with the Original Stormtroopers to launch authentic new avatar collection and metaverse experience
Avatars are playable in a new boot camp experience where they will pass through challenging training phases to earn the honor of wearing the Stormtrooper helmet
23 October 2023 - The Sandbox, the leading decentralized virtual world and a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, today announced a partnership with one of the most iconic entertainment characters of pop culture: Shepperton Design Studios’ Original Stormtrooper. This activation brings the sci-fi icon into the metaverse for the very first time, allowing Stormtrooper fans to experience Stormtroopers in new ways.
In the experience, players find themselves in the Stormtrooper Basecamp, reporting for duty at boot camp. As a newly recruited Stormtrooper, untrained but eager in the ways of soldiering, players will complete training phases to earn the honor of wearing a Stormtrooper helmet –all overseen by the notorious drill instructor who inevitably sees them as unworthy. Players will complete spy training, avoid bombs falling from the sky, practice how to miss targets with their gun, and more.
"Andrew Ainsworth created the iconic Stormtrooper costume in 1976 and still over seas the production of the replica helmet and armour ensuring high level of authenticity," said Sebastien Borget, COO and Co-Founder of The Sandbox. “These Stormtrooper NFTs thus offer something special and authentic for the community that will help to produce a memorable experience for fans and players.”
Part virtual real estate, part amusement park, The Sandbox fully embraces the idea of the metaverse as a continuous shared digital space where worlds and heroes collide to make magic. Over 400 partners have joined The Sandbox, including Warner Music Group, Ubisoft, The Rabbids, Cut the Rope, Gucci Vault, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Snoop Dogg, Adidas, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, SM Entertainment, The Smurfs, Care Bears, and Atari, all following The Sandbox team’s vision of empowering players to create their own experiences using both original and well-known characters and worlds.
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About The Sandbox
The Sandbox, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, is one of the decentralized virtual worlds that has been fueling the recent growth of virtual real estate demand, having partnered with major brands including Warner Music Group, Ubisoft, The Rabbids, Cut the Rope, Gucci Vault, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Snoop Dogg, Adidas, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, SM Entertainment, The Smurfs, Care Bears, and Atari. Building on the existing The Sandbox IP that has more than 40 million global installs on mobile, The Sandbox metaverse offers players and creators a decentralized and intuitive platform to create immersive 3D worlds and game experiences and to safely store, trade, and monetize their creations. For more information, please visit www.sandbox.game and follow the regular updates on Twitter, Medium, and Discord.
About Animoca Brands
Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner, a Fortune Crypto 40 company, and one of the Financial Times’ High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2023, is a Web3 leader that leverages blockchain to deliver digital property rights to consumers around the world to help establish the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including original games such as The Sandbox, PHANTOM GALAXIES™, Life Beyond, and Crazy Defense Heroes, and products utilizing popular intellectual properties from the worlds of sports and entertainment, such as The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. It has multiple subsidiaries, including The Sandbox, Blowfish Studios, Quidd, GAMEE, nWay, Pixowl, Forj, Lympo, Animoca Brands Japan, Grease Monkey Games, Eden Games, Darewise Entertainment, Notre Game, TinyTap, Be., PIXELYNX, WePlay Media, and Gryfyn. Animoca Brands is one of the most active investors in Web3, with a portfolio of over 400 Web3 investments, both directly and through Animoca Ventures, including Yuga Labs, Axie Infinity, Polygon, Consensys, Fireblocks, OpenSea, Dapper Labs, Yield Guild Games, Alien Worlds, and many more. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or follow on Twitter or Facebook.
About Shepperton Design Studios
In 1976 Andrew Ainsworth of Shepperton Design Studios created the Stormtrooper helmet and armour as featured in the first installment of the now globally recognised franchise, Star Wars ‘A New Hope’. Using their skilled craftsmanship and original designs to create today’s replicas, Andrew still oversees the production ensuring authenticity and quality are at the heart of every product.
With more than 300 video game clients, Epik is the leading global licensing agency putting brands into video games to produce premium digital items and experiences for over one billion gamers worldwide with the largest digital ecosystem with hundreds of the world’s most popular entertainment brands. Epik is widely considered to be the blockchain industry leader in producing collaborations for premium licensed digital collectibles, NFTs and exclusive experiences powered by an interoperable proprietary cross-chain technology. Epik was the first and only NFT company to do any deals with AAA gaming companies for NFTs. Clients include Warner Music, Garena, Tencent, and Universal. The EPIK Prime token (EPIK) powers a unique loyalty reward program that grants members exclusive NFT benefits and rewards. Follow Epik on Twitter for the latest: https://twitter.com/epikprime.