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 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, New Jersey. Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based Hasbro announced the winners.
 
Jonathan Berkowitz, Hasbro's senior vice president of marketing, 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, including 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, 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. In the decades since, an estimated 1 billion people have weighed the merits of buying up utilities and railroads or trying to hit it big with Boardwalk hotels.
 
The original 10 tokens were an iron, purse, lantern, racecar, thimble, shoe, top hat, battleship, cannon and a rocking horse.

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Why has the thimble lost popularity?
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COMMENTS (27)
  • vaneises-
    3/22/2017 - 08:37 a.m.

    The thimble lost popularity because its no longer relevant in today's society, no one uses thimbles.

  • malakaic-smi
    3/22/2017 - 10:37 a.m.

    The thimble lost popularity because the board game was "born" on March 19, 1935.People want more modern versions of Monopoly.

  • brycem-smi
    3/22/2017 - 12:47 p.m.

    I believe the thimble has lost popularity because few people nowadays know what it is, whereas in the past, many people knew what it was from because people might've sewn in their family. While the battleship and top hat, for example, still remain relevant because many people know what they are.

  • alexr-smi1
    3/22/2017 - 12:57 p.m.

    I think the thimble has lost popularity because the thimble doesn't look cool to some people. It has also lost popularity because some kids don't know what a thimble is.

  • maecynnp-smi
    3/22/2017 - 12:58 p.m.

    The thimble has lost popularity because people don't have an interest in it. Some kids probably don't know what a thimble is. They rather see things they have an interest in like dinosaurs. So those are some of the reasons I think the thimble has lost popularity.

  • summerc-smi
    3/22/2017 - 12:59 p.m.

    The thimble has lost popularity probably because not as many people like or use thimbles as much. People don't use thimbles as much because instead of making their clothes they just buy them.

  • josieh-smi
    3/22/2017 - 01:01 p.m.

    The thimble could have lost popularity for some distinct reasons. Since the Monopoly game has been out since 1935, 82 years ago, some people might have been bored with the same old board game objects. They might have wanted a change or a fresh and different playing piece. This iconic playing piece has had it's time and needs to move on from Monopoly. It's out with the old and in with the new.

  • abbya-smi
    3/22/2017 - 01:02 p.m.

    I believe that the thimble token has lost popularity because with modern technology thimbles are becoming more scarce. When the game was fist "born" in 1935 the probability of someone owning and using a thimble was much greater that the probability of anyone owning or using a thimble in the modern world. As technology advanced the thimble became less and less of a need. Without the need for thimbles a lot of people don't have ownership of one, and if a lot of people do not posses a thimble now, how will their children ever know what it is. I believe that the reason the thimble lost popularity is because the people wanted to elect a new token that the next generation of kids to play the game would be able to understand.

  • emmas-smi1
    3/22/2017 - 01:03 p.m.

    I think the thimble has lost popularity because it is not a cool character. When people play a board game, they most likely want to be the token that looks like it will kick other peoples butts.A thimble to me, just doesn't cut it.Yet again, the thimble originated in the original board game that came out 82 years ago. The newer tokens come from modern day figures. Most younger players, as well might not know what some of the older, outdated tokens are such as a thimble or wheelbarrow.

  • blaisep-smi
    3/22/2017 - 01:05 p.m.

    The thimble has lost popularity because it is too old and people want to play with new tokens. The thimble was apart of the ten original tokens.

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