Azurbala, the Bored Ape Yacht Club-inspired collection of profile pictures (PFP), announced its entrance into the metaverse on Saturday and is said to have generated more than $3.6 million in sales volume on OpenSea. The project, which has been in development for more than a year, tweeted a video of its art presentation on Friday to mixed reactions for its cast of clumsy, scaly figures.
Azurians are coming. pic.twitter.com/O4XTem0GH6
— Azurbala (@azurbala) September 30, 2022
The project team opted to completely delete the artwork because the response to the video was so positive. The minting of the collection has since been delayed, Jenkins the Valet, a Bored Ape persona in charge of the project’s social media channels, tweeted on Monday.
We’re excited to prove to you all that we can learn from our mistake and not make it again.
As poorly received as our Azurian art reveal was, there was no mint. No one burned a Bored & Dangerous.
Now we will redo the artwork with the community. @Azurbala is not going anywhere.
— Jenkins The Valet 🍌 Is Exploring Azurbala (@jenkinsthevalet) October 2, 2022
The price of the mint passes for the collection has fallen after the less-than-ideal discovery. On OpenSea, the floor price for a “Bored and Dangerous” NFT has dropped to 0.26 ether, or roughly $341 US, from around 0.52 ETH, or roughly $676, before the video was tweeted.
Similar to the Pixelmon fiasco from last March, the NFT collection raised $70 million to create a video game inspired by Pokemon, but the release of its blocky, meme-worthy artwork ultimately crushed its momentum.