Mar 1, 2024

Transforming Icons: Bored Ape Yacht Club 3D Avatar Collection

Polygonal Mind and Yuga Labs successfully transformed Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT Collection into 3D Avatars for Otherside Metaverse

Transforming Icons: Polygonal Mind and Yuga Labs successfully transformed Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT Collection into 3D Avatars for Otherside Metaverse

Polygonal Mind, a leading creative studio specialized in transformative digital experiences, together with the Yuga Labs team - the parent company of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) - successfully transformed the 10,000 Bored Ape NFT collection into 3D avatars, enabling BAYC owners to immerse themselves in a new dimension.

The Mission

The BAYC collection is 2D, but Yuga Labs wanted to bring the Apes to life in Otherside, its ambitious metaverse project. Polygonal Mind was brought on to transform them into fully functional 3D avatars in Otherside. We worked diligently to create 3D avatars that loyally represent the original collection’s style while also adhering to the technical standards that allowed them to be deployed across a variety of platforms. 


Polygonal Mind and Yuga Labs collaborated on this ambitious project using advanced 3D modeling and texturing tools to achieve premium quality avatars.

During the initial production phase, the team analyzed the entire project, categorized traits, and organized them into respective categories. This process continued until a base Ape model was created, serving as a testing ground for all traits. Collaboration with the rigging team ensured flexibility in modifying shapes and sizes.

Continuing from there, the team meticulously aligned 3D traits with the original PFP preferences. Additional traits were created, reinventing and enhancing the collection’s overall aesthetics.

The final phase included testing, combining traits, and rendering to ensure seamless functionality for all 10,000 trait combinations. Then, the team delivered the final files.


The combined efforts resulted in the successful achievement of the main objective: creating a 3D avatar collection compatible with different engines, while maintaining AAA game quality and preserving the essence of the original BAYC project. Challenges were met with innovative solutions, and the studio expresses gratitude for the opportunity to collaborate with Yuga Labs on this innovative project.

2D PFP transformation in a 3D avatar

"It was an honor to collaborate with Yuga Labs to bring the BAYC collection to life in 3D; we were great partners. It’s been awesome to see how well received they’ve been so far," said Polygonal Mind's CEO, ToxSam.

This innovative journey has not only improved the possibilities of avatars in Otherside but also showcased the dedication and creativity behind the scenes. The results speak for themselves, offering a unique and immersive experience for Bored Ape owners in the virtual realm.

About Polygonal Mind

Polygonal Mind is a leading creative studio specializing in digital transformation, pushing the boundaries of innovation in the digital scene. With a commitment to excellence, the studio thrives on delivering pioneering solutions and immersive experiences for clients worldwide.

Polygonal Mind
Creative Development 3D Studio

Since 2015 creating cool experiences, games and avatars on digital platforms

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