Magnificent cross-chain, lore-driven, Web3 ecosystem, Mandala, is gearing up for its first major NFT drop via the Astar Network. Created by concept artist, Bruce Zick, the ‘Cyptonauts Collection’ will form the backbone of Mandala’s drive into the Metaverse. Mandala itself offers up an interoperable, cross-platform, cross-chain Metaverse that spans TV, graphic novels, gaming and cutting edge AR. The project runs on the multi-stack Polkadot infrastructure that allows it to incorporate a number of its parachains, including Astar, Unique and Talisman networks. Through the Astar Network, Mandala will launch its expertly designed Cryptonauts NFTs.The project aims to build a stunningly rendered ‘enlightenment’ universe utilizing the Unreal Engine to build out a AAA gaming experience. Which in-turn, will operate side by side in interoperable harmony with SingularityNet’s Sophiaverse, resulting in an incredible new experience far greater than the sum of its parts. Within its folds, gamers will discover a rich and varied narrative where they will encounter a vibrant environment inspired by world mythologies, deeply immersive gameplay and a compelling storyline. All in all, guiding its players on a spiritual journey into the world’s very first Metaverse-based enlightenment simulator.“Polkadot, the multichain ecosystem for Web3 adoption, has attracted Mandala Metaverse to its shores, where we will continue to build our cross-chain metaverse. Mandala and Polkadot have a shared vision for decentralization and cutting-edge interoperability. By joining Polkadot’s burgeoning ecosystem, we’re able to take advantage of the best-in-class secure interoperability the network offers.” – Jon Shankar – Mandala CEOThe Cryptonaut NFT Collection Launching on Astar NetworkTo help flesh out its bold new cross-chain Metaverse, Mandala will launch the Cryptonaut NFT collection at 12pm on April 28. Through the initiative, the project will drop an as yet unspecified number of incredible illustrations featuring concept art designed by star illustrator, Bruce Zick.These exceptional NFTs will unlock untold utility and benefits within the Mandala ecosystem, as well as featuring interoperability with its partnered Metaverses. Essentially, representing the key that will unlock access to a series of stunning virtual environments.“The Mandala launch combines entertainment and blockchain innovation to showcase Astar Network’s potential. The team has created an immersive experience for collectors and aims to engage new users and explore NFT interoperability.” – Maarten Henskens – Head of Astar FoundationFind out more about the Cryptonauts NFT collection >> Here“If you want to build a ship don’t drum up the men to gather the wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine d. Saint-ExupéryWolf Clan – in the Mandala “Cryptonauts” #NFTcollection – coming to @AstarNetwork ⌛️ pic.twitter.com/Bw4C5EVQHW— Mandala Metaverse (@enterthemandala) April 18, 2023Legacy Talent from the Upper Echelons of Entertainment MediaThe Mandala project sets itself apart from the competition by standing on the shoulders of some of the biggest names in entertainment media. Not only is the artwork for the Cryptonauts NFT collection designed by a world-class illustrator, but Mandala also has a legendary movie producer at the helm.For the NFT collection, Mandala has secured the services of Bruce Zick, who famously illustrated Marvel’s Thor Comics, and has an impressive resume that includes the likes of Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, and more. In addition, the project also features Executive Producer, Kevin J Foxe, who entered the limelight with his impressive work on cult favorite scare movie, The Blair Witch Project.“Polkadot, with real future web applications, such as nesting, innovative ways to use NFT assets, and the overall cooperative and collaborative flow, opens up our imagination for gaming and the mass adoption of blockchain capabilities. We are now able to do things we didn’t think possible.” – Kevin J Foxe – Executive Producer, MandalaAll in all, Mandala is shaping up to be a groundbreaking new addition to the burgeoning new era of the Metaverse, with its first major NFT drop just around the corner.Find out more about Mandala >> HereWant more? Connect with NFT PlazasJoin the Weekly NewsletterJoin our DiscordFollow us on TwitterLike us on FacebookFollow us on Instagram*All investment/financial opinions expressed by NFT Plazas are from the personal research and experience of our site moderators and are intended as educational material only. Individuals are required to fully research any product prior to making any kind of investment.NFT and Web3 Ambassador. Bullish on all things Blockchain.