Complete guide to Clone X
Clone X has the honor of being one of the most eagerly anticipated NFT projects yet seen in the space. It was launched in November 2021 by digital design studio RTFKT, a month before it was bought by Nike. Clone X was designed to be the first portable NFT set, featuring 20,000 high-end 3D avatars that users will, in time, be able to deploy cross-platform on social media and in video games and movies, both within and outside of the metaverse.
Clone X was created in collaboration with Daz 3D, a renowned 3D digital and electronic art and software company, and Takashi Murakami, a popular Japanese artist. Murakami brought his own artistic vision to the pieces which Daz 3D then rendered into metaverse-ready characters, which thousands of holders will be able to enjoy in the metaverse for years to come.
What is the Clone X NFT collection?
The idea behind Clone X is to have one avatar that holders can use across various metaverse platforms as the space evolves. Of course, anyone who wants to make their avatar this ubiquitous will want to really enjoy how it looks, which is a good thing with Clone X because the designs are, in general, beautifully created, with so much variety that there will be one to please even the most particular individual.
One of the major advantages of Clone X NFTs is that you aren’t stuck with what the designers have come up with. Instead you can change certain elements of your avatar, with an entire clothing range planned. And, of course, we would be very surprised if you weren’t allowed to dress your Clone X avatar in a pair of RTFKT’s Nike Cryptokicks NFT sneakers down the line.
Clone X holders were also airdropped a Space Pod NFT, metaverse-ready gallery capsule for them to to customize, upgrade and show off their NFTs in. Well, a Clone X has gotta have a home, right?
What are Clone X traits?
Clone X NFTs have 13 trait categories, sharing 541 traits between them:
In terms of weighting, all but two categories, clothing and hair, have an imbalance when it comes to trait distribution. In the ‘eye color’ category for example, 48% of the NFTs have the trait ‘none’, leaving the other 33 traits to be split between the remaining 52%. This type of split, which helps create ultra rare NFTs, is present in almost all other categories, with ‘clothing’ and ‘hair’ having a much more even split, which is not surprising given they have the most traits in their category.
How does the trait combination impact the price of the Clone X collection?
When looking at price, it’s clear from just a glance at the biggest sellers and the lowest asking prices that uniqueness pays:
The most expensive Clone X NFTs are festooned with brightly coloured accessories and unusual facial features, while least expensive are much more plain and ‘regular’ looking. This is reflected partly in the trait count, with the top sellers sometimes having almost double the number of traits as the lower sellers, which makes them less uniform and therefore rarer. However, the rarest Clone X NFTs aren’t always the ones with the highest number of traits, so we can’t say this is always the case.
How can you trade Clone X NFTs?
Clone X NFTs are available to buy and sell on OpenSea, where the floor price is 11.7 ETH. This may seem high but it is a steep reduction from the high of 29 ETH in February 2022, and given the mint price was an average of 2 ETH this is a nice return for initial buyers.
What was the most expensive Clone X NFT?
The most expensive Clone X NFT ever sold is #4594, which sold for 450 ETH ($1.25 million) on February 1, 2022, a figure which highlights the demand for this collection. This NFT has fewer traits than less expensive ones, and indeed is only the 505th rarest Clone X NFT around, so it may just be that the buyer fell in love with its incredible appearance.
Where can you find Clone X NFTs for sale?
Clone X NFTs can be picked up from OpenSea, where you can snag one for 11.7 ETH. However, there really isn’t much choice at this price point, so you’re looking at 25+ ETH in order to start becoming a bit more choosy.
How can you buy Clone X NFTs?
If you’re in the market for a Clone X NFT, head over to OpenSea and connect your ETH wallet. Once that’s done, you can either choose the ‘buy now’ option to secure your Clone X NFT instantly or you can choose the ‘make offer’ option to tempt the owner with a lower bid.
Bear in mind though that only around 10% of the entire collection is available to buy, so sellers can afford to sell at a premium given the high esteem in which this collection is held.
The Clone X project may have quite a bit of heft behind it already, what with the gorgeous designs, the steller additions to the wider Clone X ecosystem, and the fact that RTFKT is now in the hands of Nike’s metaverse team, but we may only be witnessing the start of what CloneX can become.
The various elements of the RTFKT stable, and the fact that it has been operating in the market for less than a year, suggest that what RFTKT has planned for Clone X and its wider metaverse project could make Clone X avatars some of the most sought after in the space for years to come.