Monopoly has been a staple part of family game nights - and subsequent family arguments - for decades now. However, the classic board game was confirmed for a shake-up when Hasbro revealed that fans could take part in an online voting campaign to replace classic Monopoly tokens, and the winners of this poll have now been announced. So, entrepreneurial gamers can take a look at the T-Rex, rubber ducky, and penguin tokens that are being added to the game.
Unfortunately, this does mean that some of the mainstays of the Monopoly roster are being shown the door. Through the course of the voting process, the wheelbarrow saw competition pull away, the thimble's 81,000 votes offered little protection and the boot was, well, booted. Both the thimble and the boot have been a part of the board game since 1935, while the wheelbarrow was added as a token in the 1950s.
Instead, these three new pieces will be added into the game. Overall, more than 4.3 million votes were cast, across more than 100 countries, to come up with a decisive list of the most-wanted tokens for the board game. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the scottie dog romped home in the top spot of voting, while the top hat, roadster car, cat, and battleship earned their continued place in Monopoly.
"The Monopoly Token Madness Vote was our biggest fan-powered program to date and the global Monopoly community has spoken," stated senior vice president of marketing at Hasbro Gaming Jonathan Berkowitz in a press release. "The next generation of tokens clearly represents the interests of our fans around the world and we're proud to have our iconic game impacted by the people that feel most passionate about playing it."
There's still time to get hold of the classic Monopoly tokens, however. The new changes to the Monopoly roster will not come into effect until Fall, so those desperate to pick up a version of the game with the thimble or wheelbarrow available still have time to do so.
Of course, when it comes to Monopoly boards, there are plenty of options available aside from the vanilla game board. Hasbro has released multiple tie-in versions of the game, and video game fans have even had limited edition options such as The Legend of Zelda Monopoly and Skyrim Monopoly to pick up. That said, nothing quite beats playing the standard version of the game - even if some of the tokens are going to be changing.