Jon Beinart and Tim Molloy have teamed up to create a new NFT project known as Toddlerpillars, launched in collaboration with Superchief Gallery and Ether Cards. Toddlerpillars are inspired by Jon’s previous sculptures of plastic baby dolls stacked together in an insect-like fashion, which went viral in the early 2000s and were featured in multiple art galleries over the years.
Ether Cards will be used as the development framework for building the NFTs and adding in various special features that enhance the user experience. Native to the Ether Cards framework is Chainlink VRF, which will supply verifiable randomness used to assign random traits to NFTs during the minting process. This will ensure no one can unfairly obtain the most desirable Toddlerpillars NFTs.
The Toddlerpillars public sale is scheduled for 12 PM EST on November 19th, with a series of presales for early supporters and Ether Cards holders beginning 72 hours prior. There are 9,999 Toddlerpillars, each featuring 19 traits from a possible combination of 888 attributes. For those who are interested in owning an exclusive Toddlerpillar, there are 60 traits that only appear once in the entire collection. There are also super-rare traits that will only appear on 5, 10, or 20 Toddlerpillars in the entire collection—hence why it’s so important that we use Chainlink VRF to unbiased trait distribution.
Chainlink VRF works by generating both a random number and a cryptographic proof. The cryptographic proof will only be generated if the process is tamper-proof, and the smart contract will only use the random number if it has a valid cryptographic proof. This provides strong assurances that neither the oracle, Toddlepillars team, or users can manipulate the randomness.
Commenting on the integration, Jon Beinart explained, “Thanks to Ether Cards and Chainlink, we are able to quickly launch a collection of NFTs intro production. Chainlink VRF was key to establishing a truly fair distribution model for rare traits while Ether Cards was an easy-to-use NFT development framework that enables a variety of traits and perks to be added in by creators looking for more engaging and interactive user experiences.”
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The Toddlerpillars NFT collection is the brainchild of artist and Beinart Gallery owner Jon Beinart and his friend of 15 years, the award-winning graphic novelist and artist, Tim Molloy. These strange adorable creatures evolved from Jon's notorious Toddlerpillar doll sculptures (2002 - 2011), which were published widely in magazines and art books and frequently went viral in the early 2000s.
This NFT project marks Jon's return to one of his earliest artistic creations with the mass-birthing of their digital descendants on the Ethereum blockchain. Tim became the project's illustrator and together, they created a generative project of 9,999 Toddlerpillars with over 888 unique and mind-bending traits. Their aim was to bring a sense of playful absurdity and comical horror to the space as well as a level of detail and complexity that was rarely seen in PFP projects.
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