ITV Studios and Reality+ partner on Tracy Island Sandbox Experience

Published on: 13th March 2023

The partnership takes fans of the iconic Thunderbirds TV show further into the metaverse as they take on quests in and around the International Rescue HQ.

A Tracy Island Sandbox Metaverse Experience has launched as part of Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club, the Web3 reimagining of the classic TV show’s unique style by ITV Studios and Reality+.

The special, time-limited Tracy Island event in the Sandbox Metaverse will run for two weeks from March 13th and give fans the opportunity to join forces with their favourite Thunderbirds characters to take on quests in and around the famous top secret International Rescue HQ.

The Tracy Island Sandbox Experience consists of 15 quests and mini-games complemented by a plethora of Easter eggs and information about the original TV series. Leveraging the benefits of Web3, fans can also browse the various digital collectibles, including a huge gallery take over in the Thunderbird 2 hangar, and a special voxel exhibition curated by Lady Penelope herself.

As part of the game’s play-to-earn mechanic players, will have the chance to win a slice of The Sandbox’s monthly prize pool fund (1,150,000 SAND, The Sandbox Experience currency, equivalent to £500,000), plus mystery gifts.

Part virtual real estate, part amusement park, The Sandbox fully embraces the idea of the metaverse as a continuous shared digital space, in which players and brands can build, own, and monetise their experiences on the Ethereum blockchain.

ITV Studios initially partnered with Reality+ in September to launch the first interaction of Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club, a premium, utility-focused Web3 experience that enabled fans to buy and trade officially licensed NFT digital artworks based on the classic TV show. Owners of the NFT artworks were granted access to their own unique avatar for use in The Sandbox and now as part of the Tracy Island Sandbox Experience, which launches after a special month-long ‘F.A.B.ruary’ celebration of everything Thunderbirds, including new digital artworks reimagining iconic Thunderbirds characters vehicles.

The Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club community also became real life heroes when they generated over £15,000 to support the Dobrich Dog Rescue, as part of a real life rescue mission.

Going forward, ITV Studios and Reality+ will continue to develop and launch new features as part of the Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club, including community co-creation projects and interoperability of Thunderbirds NFTs with other partners.

Reality+ co-founder Tony Pearce said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be working with ITV Studios, not only to help it push the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of Web3 entertainment, but for the opportunity to take such an iconic TV show on an exciting new journey with its fans. We have already achieved so much with Thunderbirds: International Rescue Club, and with fantastic partners like The Sandbox there’s much more to come.”

Lucie Stoffers, head of Brand & Licensing Global Entertainment at ITV Studios, added: “We are excited to work with Reality+ and The Sandbox team to take the next step in our partnership and bring Thunderbirds to The Sandbox. This will allow Thunderbirds fans from around the world to discover Tracy Island and complete new Rescue Missions, as well as get access to a bespoke NFT collection.”


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