OK, you can lose the thimble, or the boot. But not the top hat! Or the Scottie dog! Fans of Monopoly are being asked to vote for which tokens should be saved and or/added to the classic board game, Hasbro announced on Monday.
The eight current Monopoly tokens — the dog, top hat, car, thimble, boot, wheelbarrow, battleship and cat — are all on the chopping block and could be replaced by a modern-day crop of more than 50 options. Some of those tokens include tech- and internet-inspired pieces such as a desktop computer, a Gordon Gekko-style mobile phone, a thumbs up, a hashtag and various emojis.
Hasbro opened the worldwide voting to fans today and it will run through the end of the month.
A website allows users to click through various “rooms” where tokens are placed on shelves and countertops throughout. There’s a T-Rex, a trumpet, a helicopter, a roller skate, a cowboy boot, penguin, sliced bread, rubber duck, sunglasses and much more.
Fans can pick eight tokens they’d like to see added to the next generation Monopoly game, which will be released in August. A Token Madness Edition will also be released, featuring the eight current tokens, plus eight new gold ones.
According to Hasbro, the game tokens have been a key element of play since Monopoly was introduced in 1935. The car, thimble, boot, top hat and battleship were among the original set of tokens while the Scottie dog and wheelbarrow were added in the early 1950s. In 2013, fans voted the cat token as the newest Monopoly game piece while the iron token was retired after receiving the lowest number of fan votes.
The results of voting will be revealed on March 19.