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. It 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. 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, 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; and the penguin waddled into seventh place with 146,661. 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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COMMENTS (16)
  • myahr-orv
    4/07/2017 - 05:12 p.m.

    In response to “Boot, wheelbarrow, thimble ousted from Monopoly board game,” I found this article interesting for three reasons. First, I learned millions of people voted on the new game tokens. In the article, it states, “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.” I am surprised that 4.3 million people across the globe actually took the time to vote on the game pieces. I knew Monopoly is a popular game, but I didn’t realize just how popular. Mostly, I didn’t realize that this game is so well know globally since the game is based on real-life streets in the U.S. I also thought this article was interesting because I learned what kind of objects people thought would make good game pieces. The article states, “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.” I would have guessed that people would have voted for things like a Starbucks coffee drink or a cell phone. Those things seem more universal in my opinion. Lastly, I also learned some information about the board game. The article says, “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.” I was very surprised to learn that the game was introduced almost 85 years ago, yet still millions of people play and enjoy the game. It just goes to show that some things can be timeless. Even though some people may think that the game should just stick to the old tokens, I think that it is a good idea to switch it up and make it even more enjoyable for our generation.

  • ashleya2-bla
    4/28/2017 - 01:12 p.m.

    The thimble lost popularity because it was not very interesting. People didn't understand what it had to do with the game. Same thing with the boot and wheelbarrow. That weren't interesting and people thought it was time for an update. After all, the game came out in 1935.

  • AlysahS-dec
    3/07/2018 - 09:49 a.m.

    This makes me mad because I like the rain boot. Every time I play monopoly I pick the boot. I'm kind of excited to see the new pieces but sad to see the old ones go.

  • BaileyS-dec
    3/07/2018 - 09:49 a.m.

    This is one of my favorite articles so far. I like this article because monopoly is one of my favorite board games to play. Personally, I am excited to see the new pieces and what they look like, but I'm sad to see the iconic pieces go. My favorite piece has always been the dog, so luckily, that piece is not changing.

  • KarliM-dec
    3/07/2018 - 09:49 a.m.

    This article is about the different pieces in monopoly that are getting replaced. The pieces that are getting replaced are the boot, thimble, and wheelbarrow. They are being replaced with a rubber duck, penguin, and a t-rex. In my opinion it will be cool to see the new pieces but it will be sad to see the original ones go.

  • AlexaZ-dec
    3/07/2018 - 09:54 a.m.

    I think its cool how they are adding new ones. its sad becaise they are replacing old ones. so its a good and bad thing.

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