Boot, wheelbarrow, thimble ousted from Monopoly board game This March 15, 2017 photo shows the three new tokens in Atlantic City, N.J., that fans from around the world have voted into upcoming editions of the board game Monopoly: a duck, a T-Rex dinosaur and a penguin. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
Boot, wheelbarrow, thimble ousted from Monopoly board game
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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. They voted on which tokens they wanted to see in future versions of the property-acquisition game. It is based on the real-life streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based Hasbro announced the winners.
 
Jonathan Berkowitz is Hasbro's senior vice president of marketing. He grew up playing the game with his family.
 
"While I'm sad to see the iconic thimble, boot, and wheelbarrow tokens go, it will be fun to have some new, fan-sourced tokens in the mix," he said. "Personally, I've always especially liked the boot token. But I'm excited to move onto the T. rex."
 
There were 64 contenders. They included a winking emoji, a hashtag, a clunky '80s-style cellphone and a pair of bunny slippers.
 
The existing Scottish Terrier, battleship, racecar, top hat and cat tokens will carry on.
 
The Scottie was top dog in the competition. It led all contenders with 212,476 votes. The T. rex was second with 207,954. 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. The battleship made the final cut with 134,704.
 
The closest unsuccessful candidate was the tortoise. It fell nearly 5,700 votes short.
 
A rain boot got the least support. It got 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. That is when Parker Brothers got the rights to it. An estimated 1 billion people have weighed the merits of buying up utilities and railroads. Some try to hit it big with Boardwalk hotels.
 
There were 10 original tokens. Those tokens included an iron, purse and lantern. There was also a racecar, thimble and shoe. A top hat, battleship, cannon and a rocking horse also were in the original game.

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Why has the thimble lost popularity?
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COMMENTS (3)
  • sophiea-obr
    3/31/2017 - 01:34 p.m.

    Why has it lost popularity? Well the boot got booted,the wheelbarrow has been wheeled out, and the thimble got thumbs down. I think that it lost popularity because it was out of date and because people want to have different kinds of things instead of a thimble. Another reason why I think that the thimble lost popularity because maybe some people think that the thimble got old and boring. I bet if the creator was still alive he wouldn't want to change any of the models. I know he wouldn't change it because he made it and because he probably loved that game.

  • JAC12
    6/02/2017 - 08:56 a.m.

    because everylne wants a turtle for a monoply game piece

  • JAC18
    6/02/2017 - 09:01 a.m.

    i think the thimble was the lost popularity because all the other pieces are the most exciting and they wanted to get rid of one of them.

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