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Upcoming Drops: Feb. 12 — Feb. 18

BY Lorepunk & Matt Medved

February 12, 2024

Let’s face it: The NFT space moves really fast. Considering how quickly things can change in the metaverse, a week in NFTs might as well be a month IRL.

Don’t get us wrong — the merrier, the more people onboarded into the space. But because of the constant influx of great art and ideas, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with all the news, launches, and general happenings.

Well, you can put the days of endless Twitter and Discord scrolling behind you as we pull together a weekly list of upcoming NFT drops you don’t want to miss. Here’s what to look out for this week.

Main Characters

Who: “We are artists and builders in the space since 2017. We’re anon for now. But you’d know us,” the team told nft now.

What: Think of it like memecoins with pictures. Adorable little pixel art image NFTs of the characters Crypto Twitter loves to hate—beginning with Gary Gensler, with more in the pipeline—can be batch minted and burned in their hundreds, with prices on a bonding curve and each unique image with its own rarity. Gary with a dickbutt on his head is particularly delightful. Batch mint, and burn, a lot—and keep the rares—with a few clicks.

The Main Characters app is on Base, and mints and burns start out very affordable indeed.

Where: Maincharacters.app is the site, and you can find the project on X, Farcaster and Telegram.

When: The curtain lifts Monday, Feb. 12 at 12pm EST.

Why: Although these are standard NFTs, the hybrid concept of them—memecoins with pictures—arrives at the perfect time, in context of the new ERC404 phenomenon.

Mercedes-Benz NXT – Superdackel

Who: Mercedes-Benz NXT

What: Free mint featuring digital collectibles as an homage to “Wackeldackel” nodding dog dashboard toy debuted by Mercedes-Benz and Superplastic at CES last year.

Where: superdackel.nxt.mercedes-benz.com

When: Phase 1 starts Feb. 12 at 12 p.m. ET. Phase 2: Communities on Feb. 13 at 12 p.m. ET. Phase 3: Public on Feb. 14 at 12 p.m. ET.

Why: Who doesn’t love a free mint? The Mercedes-Benz NXT team has been cooking since partnering with Now Media for Gateway Miami. Plus Now Pass holders are included in Phase 2: Communities mint window — 100 spots on a first-come, first-served basis so act fast! 

Marco Bonafe – Abstract PAInting

Who: Marco Bonafe

What: In his first AI collection, Marco seeded the model with his own photography and textures, then reprocessed the works in Photoshop to create the finished product.

Where: 800 pieces at .3 SOL are on offer, on Metaplex.

When: Feb. 12. Presale opens 11 am EST, with public available three hours later.

Why: The works are rigorous, consistent, visually pleasing and nice to look at! The vibrant SOL community is having an art moment, and drops like this one are likely to have high demand.

Agoria – Le Code d’Orsay

Who: Agoria

What: “Lumina” free live mint with Musée d’Orsay

Where: Live minting taking place at Musée d’Orsay via fxhash.

When: Feb. 13 to March 10.

Why: Agoria is an accomplished and multidisciplinary artist and DJ who has been pushing forward what he calls “biological generative art.” This partnership with Musée d’Orsay promises to be one of the focal points of NFT Paris, so it is not to be missed for those who are making the trip!

Rebecca Rose – Valentine’s Day Massacre

Who: Noted collagist and visual artist Rebecca Rose delivers up-to-the-minute, technically flawless and visually lovely works on the regular.

What: A collection of ten 1/1s up for auction on SuperRare. 1 ETH each. They’re awesome collages and they’re rigged for use in VR spaces!

When: Feb. 14 at 1 pm EST for RarePass holders and $RARE Stakers—24 hours later, open to the public.

Where: SuperRare

Why: “10 new 1/1 cautionary tales of Tragic Love and Bad Dates are told through 3D-collaged animations and glb sculpts of VR-capable walk-through art installations,” Rose told nftnow.

Plutonium Fitzgerald and Krispare — Temporals

Who: Collector, artist and curator Plutonium Fitzgerald has teamed up with partner and fellow artist Krispare to create Temporals.

What: A collection of 222 AI-fueled artworks, Temporals, by the two artists, evolve in a unique way after mint, changing over the next 512 days. They’re priced at .111 ETH.

Where: temporals.network

When: Feb. 15, 12 pm ET

Why: The works are beautiful and have an impressive visual variety—it will be intriguing to see how they evolve over time! The works hit the evolution meta (Quantum Cats are another example of evolving works) and the AI art meta for collectors.

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