Boot, wheelbarrow, thimble ousted from Monopoly board game
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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