3 Classic Monopoly Tokens Get the Boot
T. Rex, a rubber ducky, and a penguin are in
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 17, 2017 9:53 AM CDT
This March 15 photo shows the eight game tokens that will be included in upcoming versions of the Monopoly board game, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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(Newser) – The boot has been booted, the wheelbarrow has been wheeled out, and the thimble got the thumbs down in the latest version of the board game Monopoly. In their place will be a Tyrannosaurus rex, a penguin, and a rubber ducky. More than 4.3 million voters from 146 countries weighed in on which tokens they wanted to see in future versions of the property-acquisition game, which is based on the real-life streets of Atlantic City. Hasbro announced the winners Friday morning, the AP reports. There were 64 contenders, including a winking emoji, a hashtag, a clunky '80s-style cellphone, and a pair of bunny slippers. The existing Scottish Terrier, battleship, race car, top hat, and cat tokens will carry on.

The Scottie was top dog in the competition, leading all contenders with 212,476 votes. The T. rex was second with 207,954, and the hat was third with 167,582. The car was fourth with 165,083; the ducky was fifth with 160,485; the cat was sixth with 154,165; the penguin waddled into seventh place with 146,661; and the battleship made the final cut with 134,704 votes. The closest unsuccessful candidate was the tortoise, which fell nearly 5,700 votes short. A rain boot got the least support, with 7,239 votes. The next version of the game will go on sale with the new tokens in the fall. The board game was "born" on March 19, 1935, when Parker Brothers acquired the rights to it. The original 10 tokens were an iron, purse, lantern, race car, thimble, shoe, top hat, battleship, cannon, and a rocking horse. (The cat token replaced the iron in 2013.)

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