Danny Ukes’ Generative Avatar NFT Power Rankings: Week #1
Hi everyone, Danny Ukes here. You may know me from my ramblings on Twitter, but today I’m going to do something really exciting! Last month I sent out this tweet highlighting my personal Top 10 NFT projects to look forward to over the course of June. Well as we all know, Crypto moves a mile a minute and some of those projects are moving a bit slower than others. So instead of trying to pick out 10 plays that I think will be worth looking at for the next few months, I’m going to do something a little different.
I’ve always been a big fan of Football, and a big fan of rankings/lists. Naturally that means that on Tuesday mornings in the Fall I scour the web looking for all the different power rankings to see where my precious Dolphins land (usually not at the top). This tradition is something I only get to experience for a quarter of the year, but luckily I hatched a golden idea to fix this.
Enter the Danny Ukes Generative Avatar NFT Power Rankings. Each month (possibly even biweekly), I’ll update this list with the Top 20-30 generative Projects in the NFT space and where I believe they rank among one another. Of course I’ll try to keep it as unbiased as possible while also acknowledging that I am a part of some projects while not in others. At the end of the day this is all very much just for fun and no financial decisions should be made solely off of the content within this article. With that being said, Enough of the boring preamble, let’s see where our avatars are landing on the list!
-This likely won’t change for as long as I do this list. Punks will always be at the top… Until they’re not 😉
-Apes are still a dominant force in the space and that likely won’t change any time soon. With major pop culture figures like Dez Bryant joining the club, it’s not unrealistic to think that we’ll continue to see not only the floor rise, but the club getting more exclusive to VIPs. I recently sold my last ape to upgrade to my punk but am hoping to get back in before the floor inevitably cracks 7 eth and beyond. When I first started this article a couple days ago, 7 in the last sentence was a 5…. And that’s why they’re #2 on the list!!! Apes hit different.
-They were a little down and out for a while there, but with the @MeebitsDAO growing seemingly stronger by the day, it’s safe to assume that this Larva Labs project will be here for the long run. I know they got a lot of hate early on, but realistically Meebits have always had the potential to be of similar prominence as punks. Of all the 3D avatars I’ll have in the metaverse, this is easily my favorite (followed closely by Roxels).
-This project has held the “second in command” role for a while in regards to the Apes. At only 3000 Cats, it’s interesting that this project has the highest amount of distribution across any generative NFT collection (around 50%), yet they have one of the lowest amounts of total unique collectors at under 1500. Many likely feel priced out and may be more willing to go after Cool Cats or even Bored Ape Kennel Club as an intermediate level project goal.
5. Cool Cats
-Very hard to remain unbiased but this seems like an appropriate spot for this project. Mainstream potential is the big one here. Major names like Mike Tyson and FaZe Banks already have cats and have even used them as their profile picture on Twitter. Obviously the big story is them going from mint cost at .02 up to a current floor of around .6. I think the next chapter of the story is going to be just as exciting. Remember, this project is only 2 weeks old at the time of writing this!!
-This is actually one of the very first NFT projects I got into back around January or February. Born in the age of bonding curves, Voxies still haven’t sold out as the current and final price tier is set to .32. Seems steep, but the play-to-earn potential with these ingame assets make them a must-have for any blockchain-gaming-centric collectors that may be out there (myself included). Even at that price, it appears Voxies are poised to sell out before the beginning of Fall with a launch coming not too long after. This is a long term holder!
-The Craniums have an interesting history in my opinion. They came out on Father’s Day and I recall a decent amount of people missing because of that. Mint price was .08 and they immediately soared to a low of around .25 or so if I’m not mistaken. Since launch the floor has dropped as low as .12, possibly even lower, and as high as .33. I give this project such a high rank simply because of their potential. The cult-like discord is filled with people excited about the long term vision of the project. I personally am most excited for the Cradle: a members only social media type space where Cranium owners can update their profiles and potentially more! Also the dude from Avenged Sevenfold REALLY digs these.
-These are severely underrated. That’s pretty much all I’ll say about it because you readers will end up sleeping regardless. At .01 or so on OpenSea I swept the floor the other day and now it’s .03. Each rat minted has 10k CHIZ attached to them and will be airdropped more in the future. CHIZ can be exchanged on the SRSC for NFTs directly from the team, and I believe the plan is to make it a p2p market with CHIZ being the exclusive trading currency. All I’ll say is that the people in the community are REALLY into it. If you walk away from reading this with one takeaway, let it be the Sewer Rats.
-A certain senior art critic decided it would be fun to FUD the heck out of this project because it was a direct competitor with one he will be shilling in the coming weeks. Don’t let that clown shoe fool you though, these Goats have a great team behind them and are surprisingly one of the first to incorporate a burn mechanic to make goats more scarce and rare. The intended results and the actual results may differ! Very excited to watch this one develop, I have a feeling it goes from 0-100 one day.
10. Imma Degen
-Not gonna lie I borderline FUD’d these when they came out simply because they dropped alongside Cool Cats and the latter is MUCH more on pace with the Danny Ukes brand. Though I don’t love the way these 3D models look as an avatar, I will admit that the community seems to really love them, and if we know anything it’s that a strong community can genuinely help carry a project. So with that, I bought one at .1 about a week ago. So far, so good!
11. Alien Boy
-It’s sad that the first two alien projects were Imma Degen and Alien Boy because I’m sorry but they both look gross in my opinion!! At least the Alien Boys are kinda cute but I think the thing holding them back is the aesthetics. Georgie Boy is a certified GOAT and the community is insane about them. So why have they been stuck at a .1 floor or lower for two months?
12. Gutter Rats
-These are the inferior rats, yet the floor is over .2 because they’re attached to an already existing (and popping) Gutter Cats collection. The Gutter Team has announced there will be distinct airdrops and that the Rat should be seen as its own entity separate from the Cats. This is why they’re on the list and Bored Ape Kennel Club isn’t!
13. Mad Cat Militia
-I’m not gonna say I’m surprised that they didn’t sell out, but I think this project has several things unique about it that give it a fighting chance in the coming weeks and months. First and foremost, cats. Besides Lucky Maneki which didn’t make the list, this is one of 3 generative Cat projects to come out in the past 2 months. The other two are sitting in the top 5, and I believe that after the “War Games” get started, it’s reasonable to see the popularity in these FLY. 10 “teams”- signified by different colored backgrounds with built in rarity to know who’s in charge. Seeing that this project was on a lot of people’s radars (over 5k twitter followers), it’s very interesting to see them struggle to gain attention from big players. Long term, I have high hopes!
14. Fame Lady Squad
-These NFTs are fire. As far as I know, the team behind the project is composed entirely of women and that’s something that I personally haven’t seen in the space yet. Inclusivity and representation are a very big deal and we as collectors should be encouraging teams to not only be more diverse in who’s on board, but also be more diverse in the representation of different identities in their work. Not to throw shade, but several projects on this list have minimal non-male representation.
-Right in the middle of the heap where they belong. My very first NFT avatar, Avastars will always hold a near and dear place in my heart. It is with them that I truly established the DannyUkes brand as an online persona. Though I have personal history, the way I see this is in one of two lights. They’re either severely undervalued, or they’re valued exactly right. Long term I like to believe that there is something to differentiate the Avastars (besides release date,) but I fear they may be grouped in with the rest of the projects that don’t make it as far as they’d hoped. Hard to believe considering the names at the helm, but isn’t it weird how cheap the floor is on these things? Maybe it’s a buying opportunity and we’re just missing it.
-These things are weird. Praised by “Crypto OGs” for their first-of-its-kind integration with ERC-1155 tokens…. Look, I’ve been here for months and I like to think I have a good grasp on this stuff, but I’m not gonna lie, the snobbery over “contract types” gets old very fast. Not saying it’s an argument that shouldn’t be had, but imagine choosing to sit out on Ghxsts because it was on an OpenSea smart contract…. I digress. I think Etherlings are mostly meh and hopefully the tech is enough to save them in the long term. Mine has a Squidward Nose and honestly that’s the most exciting part of the project for me.
17. Divine Zodiacs
-This one is newer so I’m throwing it right in the middle. Personally I think the art is pretty good but not super amazing by any means. In terms of growth potential, it does seem like people have taken a liking to these. There are challenges and rewards hosted in Discord which is always fun, especially when more people are actively taking it seriously which is apparently going on! Will be interesting to see where they land on the next list!
-This is my “low-tier” sleeper along with The Sewer Rats. Both projects have communities filled with people that are just excited to be there! The ducks have some interesting plans surrounding their community wallet which is seemingly in a perpetual state of growth. Visually they’re nothing to write home about, but otherwise I think this project has a lot of room to grow if the community can rally behind it.
-My highlight for this project is minting a couple rare ones and then cashing out for way more than I bought in. I still am a holder of one, but even when I held it I didn’t have too much long term hope with these. Still, the team has already given out two metaverse wearables as airdrops to owners, and honestly that’s more than half of these sorry projects can say!
-Not gonna lie I don’t know a single thing about these, yet I see them all over the place. To me, that’s enough to have a decent spot on the list.
-Oh, the pickles. I don’t… I guess…. Yeah probably shoulda sold when they were at .15 a piece… More is coming, that’s all I know! They got us excited once, let’s see if they can’t do it again!
22. The Doge Pound
-I bought one not because I’m a simp, but because I see and respect @TopShotBabe’s hustle. From an art perspective, these definitely aren’t the last on the list. However the long term potential is what holds me back. Would love to see these do well, I have one that’s hair matches its suit!
-This project could’ve been such a big deal. I guess it did end up being a big deal in retrospect, but not for great reasons. Though the team has made extensive efforts to make up for unforseen mistakes that occurred at launch through charitable donations, it feels like any major announcement will be drowned out by a wave of “isn’t that the duct tape project?” Perhaps in the long term people will forget about it, but that’s the long, long term if you ask me.
24. Hash Demons
I liked the art on these and was sold by the concept of a battle style game, but it seems that excitement has worn-off post reveal. There are still updates in the Discord server’s announcement channels, but nothing that makes me want to make any moves. Maybe it’s a sleeper and 3 months from now will be kicking ourselves for not stacking while the floor was at .01. I’m unaware of any diehard fans of this project, but if you’re out there please DM me and let’s talk about it!
-Personally I liked the KneeCaps. However, the project is seen by many as a meme and has seemingly run out of the minimal steam it had at the start.Though that may be the case, I know a little secret about them but I can’t really reveal it yet (hint: follow me on twitter for the insights). All I’ll say is that it may or may not be worth it to at least have one pair of caps in your wallet. Never know what it was a test run for…
-As much as I want this project to thrive, for the time being it is unfortunately a dud. I’m sitting on a bag of like 20 ethersparks so if they ever end up getting some attention I have a good selection, but the devs turned off minting and are currently reworking the projects in hopes of bringing some life back into it.
-This was always a pump and dump. From the very beginning I was like “why is everyone freaking out about these greasy looking bulls?”. Genuinely this seemed like a peak in terms of “bro pumping” or whatever. There’s a strange affinity towards them though because I see them all over twitter. All power to ya I have no judgment towards anyone’s purchases because we’ve all made questionable moves. Long term I hope the team makes it meaningful for holders, but I won’t be around to reap the benefits if that happens.
-Yeah that’s .5 I’ll never see again. This was peak FOMO mania, don’t mint bananas unless they’re free! (Shoutout Bones and Bananas!)
29. Super Yeti
-Sheesh remember when we all spent $200+ over the concept of a “Yetiverse” promised by a team with no game devs? I remember, I think we all do. I’m not entirely sure what they’re up to now but at least they’re not the very bottom of the heap. Remember how these launched alongside Alien Boys? Shows that sometimes less is more!
30. Arabian Camels
-Why do you still own a Scamel? Actually no, instead of shaming let me educate. Camels came around very shortly after the initial excitement of apes, before even the gutter cats. They were the first generative project after Apes and the excitement for them was big. They offered ape holders one free camel, and that failure of a redemption process was really all it should’ve taken for me to know this one was a rotten egg. An OpenSea “come get whatever ones you want” type mint ensued leading to people sniping the rarest ones for high gas fees. The result was hundreds if not thousands of unpurchased camels that would never be claimed. This same team is behind the most recent Monsters Rehab project. My bottom line is, if the Camels are supposed to have a movie coming out, shouldn’t 100% of the efforts be on that instead of another generative avatar project that nobody wants?
Thanks for reading, I’ve decided 32 is too many and will be limiting it to 20 moving forward to keep it composed of only the best. I will be reevaluating the list over the course of the coming weeks. Expect projects to rise in and out of the top 20, including projects that haven’t been released yet. Hope you enjoyed it, see you all soon!