- Clone X is the official PFP project within the RTFKT Studios ecosystem.
- Nike acquired RTFKT in December 2021
- Clone X has become a leader in digital apparel and accessories.
- The RTFKT ecosystem has expanded to PodX, MNTLH, Nike Dunk Genesis CRYPTOKICKS
What is Clone X?
Clone X is a collection of 20,000 3D NFTs from RTFKT Studios, an augmented reality (AR) fashion brand.
Clone X launched on October 22, 2021, at a public mint price of 2 ETH. The initial sale was supposed to be carried out in a Dutch Auction format starting at 3 ETH, but a DDoS attack made the website unusable and required the mint to be paused. Once the site was stabilized, the team decided to reopen minting at a flat 2 ETH cost.
Though the public sale price was 2 ETH, individuals holding an NFT from previous RTFKT drops were available to mint up to three Clone X NFTs via a presale. The mint price for wallets on the presale list was 0.05 ETH.
Upon minting during the public or presale phase, users received a Clone X Mintvial, ERC-1155 NFT. In order to receive an official Clone X NFT, users needed to "burn" their Mintvial NFT, redeeming a Clone X.
There is an indefinite redemption period for Clone X Mintvial NFTs. At the time of writing, 358 Clone X Mintvials remain and hold a floor price of 14 ETH.
Key Players in the Clone X Ecosystem
The Clone X Ecosystem is headlined by the following key players.
Takashi Murakami - legendary Japanese contemporary artist who contributed many of the cartoonish artworks to the collection, including the highly coveted "Murakami Drip" traits.
Murakami did the artwork for Kanye West's "Graduation" album cover.
Benit0 - co-Founder of RTFKT Studios, previously worked with global esports organization Fnatic.
Steven Vasilev (@Zaptio) - co-Founder of RTFKT Studios, Chief Executive Officer, and Senior Director of Product Digital/Physical at Nike.
Origins of Clone X
Clone X is a project created by RTFKT Studios, but its connections to the digital sneaker and apparel world have separated this collection from the pack.
On December 13, 2021, RTFKT was acquired by Nike. The floor price of the collection doubled after news of this acquisition came out. Controversy rose as there were a few accounts that purchased a large selection of Clone X NFTs in the days leading up to the announcement, alluding that these accounts knew of the news ahead of time and acted on it.
Value of Clone X
The RTFKT and Clone X ecosystem has become a leader in digital clothing and accessories. Holders of Clone X NFTs have been rewarded with RTFKT PodX, MNLTH, and Nike Dunk Genesis CRYPTOKICKS airdrops.
On July 4, 2022, RTFKT "unlocked" Clone X NFTs for holders. Clone X holders can connect can to the inventory website to download their matching 3D Files. The files are available in .max .blend .c4d .gltf and.fbx formats for use in Unity and Unreal Engine.
Holders have full commercial rights to their respective Clone X NFTs. The 3D files allow collectors to become creators with their avatars. Video games, content, merchandise, and other personal branding possibilities are available to each holder.
Unfortunately though, Murakami Drip Clones do not have full commercial rights as they are considered Murakami's fine art.
PodX is a collection of ERC-1155 tokens that represent RTFKT rooms that holders can customize to display their NFTs. Holders can design the room with furniture and display it how they wish. PodX is powered by the RTFKT partnership with oncyber.
MNLTH is a collection of ERC-1155 tokens displayed as mysterious boxes that were airdropped to Clone X and PodX holders. MNLTH was the first co-branded product between RTFKT and Nike, representing Nike's first NFT release.
RTFKT announced a series of quests that would be required before the MNLTH boxes were revealed. The quests were not required, but the MNLTH slowly started to “break” open as they were completed.
Opening an MNLTH box revealed Nike CryptoKicks, Skin Vials, and MNLTH 2. The RTFKT X NIKE MONOLITH continues the MNLTH story and is powered by Dart X.
Nike Dunk Genesis CRYPTOKICKS
Nike CryptoKicks is the first digital sneaker collectible from Nike, minted randomly from the MNLTH box as mentioned above. Skin Vials allow holders to upgrade their CryptoKicks with limited edition skins. RTFKT's first Skin Vial Tech collection, EVO X, features 8 Clone X DNA-based Evolutive Skins.
How to Buy Clone X
Users who wish to purchase a Clone X NFT can follow the following steps.
- Go to an NFT marketplace such as OpenSea, LooksRare, and X2Y2.
- Browse for rarity with the Lucky Trader asset explorer OR;
- Purchase a Mintvial and exchange it on the RTFKT website for a CloneX avatar with random traits
- Mintvials present the opportunity to unveil a rare Clone X NFT, so the floor price tends to trade higher. The NFTs also become rarer over time as fewer vials remain to be claimed (358 at the time of writing).