Monopoly fans vote to add cat, toss iron tokens


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Submitted: Wed, 02/06/2013 - 3:31pm
Updated: Thu, 02/07/2013 - 3:23am
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RODRIQUE NGOWI
Associated Press

PAWTUCKET, RI (AP) — Scottie dog has a new nemesis after Monopoly fans voted to add a cat to the game and eliminate the iron token.

Toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced the changes Wednesday, hours after voting on Facebook closed, marking the first time that fans had a say on which token to eliminate and which piece to replace it.

The eight tokens identify the players and have changed quite a lot since Parker Brothers bought the game from its original designer in 1935.

The online contest to change the tokens was sparked by chatter on Facebook, where Monopoly has more than 10 million fans.

The iron, wheelbarrow and shoe were neck and neck for elimination in the final hours of voting. Rhode Island-based Hasbro says fans from more than 120 countries voted in the Save Your Token Campaign.

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2 Comments

  • Guest Reply says:

    What a “Cat”astrophe for the Iron!
    Guess the Upshot of this is…people will be rushing to buy Monopoly “now” just to see what the cat looks like…then start making plans to put their derelict Iron on EBay for ungodly amounts of money as a collectors item…or place it on the fireplace mantle :-) Hasbro may have plans to bring back the Iron later on as a replacement token when the cat fails…like Vista did, compared to Windows XP or 7!…(with an upgrade fee of course).
    Don’t get me wrong…it’s a cool game…but with today’s economy and the values of real estate…Boardwalk and Park Place ain’t worth what they used to be worth.
    Quote: “The online contest to change the tokens was sparked by chatter on Facebook, where Monopoly has more than 10 million fans.” (Unquote)
    So Facebook decides the world’s destiny nowadays huh? What about Tweeter…or is it Twitter…or He says/She says? (the new gossip thingy in 32 states).
    What’s next…Etch a Sketch in 3D? Now that would be cool!

  • Vog46 says:

    Back in the day the Mrs and I played monopoly quite frequently and they only had 4 tokens at the time.
    After having our first child game playing tapered off.
    Probably a good thing – the Mrs has a very bad competitive streak in her and her penchant for putting me in the poor house got tiresome after awhile.

    Vog

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