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Funko’s new Star Trek NFTs show resistance is futile

Funko Pop is teaming up with ViacomCBS for its latest NFT “Digital Pop” collectibles, with a new series of blockchain-based cards featuring classic Star Trek characters.

Funko’s “Digital Pop” NFTs aren’t new: they’ve been around since July, and the new Star Treks are just the latest incarnation. And as is the case with other Digital Pop sets, some rare and specific NFT cards will also include a free physical Funko Pop figure, which is a potentially interesting bonus.

But there’s something particularly depressing about Star Trek’s NFTs in particular, given the Federation’s utopian ideals and the very intentionally post-rare world the franchise is set in. Thanks to the omnipresence of advanced technologies such as replicators (gadgets that can instantly materialize any element from scratch), Star TrekThe worlds of (broadly defined) don’t revolve around money.

NFTs, on the other hand, are intentionally limited digital objects based on environmentally dubious cryptocurrencies that create a false dichotomy of ownership and scarcity in an attempt to attach artificially inflated value – or more or less the opposite. of the future Star Trek considering. The whole concept is more like the straw man genre than a classic Star Trek episode would set in, with a moralizing talk about how “greed is bad … in space!” »Closing the episode with fists.

Or, as my colleague Adi Robertson put it instead, “Ah yes, Star Trek, the series that explored the concept of “What if computer-created objects were extremely rare and induplicable?” “

The new series of 120 digital cards will include various characters Star Trek: The Original Series, rendered in the inexplicably popular style of Funko, goes on sale November 30 at 2 p.m. ET. A total of 48,000 card packs will be sold, including 36,000 standard packs with five Digital Pop cards for $ 9.99, while 12,000 premium packs with 15 cards will set you back $ 29.99. As with the other NFT Digital Pops, you will need to purchase them on the app, using the WAX ​​Blockchain.

Resistance is futile.

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