Monopoly's Classic Tokens Might All Be Replaced

Hasbro collecting votes on tokens for new game
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2017 3:00 AM CST
Monopoly's Classic Tokens Might All Be Replaced
Some of the new game piece options.   (Hasbro)

Your lucky Monopoly thimble is at risk of being replaced by a hashtag. Monopoly maker Hasbro is asking fans of the classic board game to help choose eight tokens for a new Token Madness version of the 82-year-old game to be released this fall, with options like a hashtag and smiley face emoji. When it was first introduced in 1935, Monopoly had six game pieces: the top hat, thimble, shoe, battleship, cannon, and iron; pieces like the horse and rider, purse, and lantern were later added but ultimately retired, per Cool Material. The current roster of eight pieces includes the Scottie dog, shoe, battleship, race car, thimble, wheelbarrow, top hat, and a cat—which fans voted in as a replacement for the iron in 2013, reports Gizmodo.

All of those game pieces could still become part of the new game, but they face tough competition from 56 new options, reports CNN. These span from the modern (computer, private jet, monster truck) to the retro (typewriter, gramophone) and also include a bread loaf, bathtub, T. rex, penguin, rubber duck, campfire, trumpet, surfboard, rollerskate, and bunny slipper. Fans have until Jan. 31 to vote at, but should be aware of the relative gravity of their decision. "If they get rid of Scottie the dog it's over for me and Monopoly," one fan says in a tweet, per Time. "The top hat in Monopoly has magic powers. You can't lose with it," adds another. The chosen tokens will be revealed in March. (How Monopoly actually helped WWII POWs escape.)

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