Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Hasbro replacing one Monopoly token

One of the famous Monopoly tokens is being replaced

One of the eight Monopoly tokens is being relegated to history in favour of a replacement that "reflects the interests of today's players", maker Hasbro has announced.

A worldwide vote will give fans the final say on the fate of the Scottie dog, race car, top hat and five other tokens and ask them to choose between a diamond ring, guitar, toy robot, cat or helicopter.

Hasbro spokesman Eric Nyman said: "The tokens are one of the most iconic parts of the Monopoly game, and we know that people are emotionally tied to their favourite one.

"When we decided to replace one of the tokens in the game, we knew we had to involve our fans in the process.

"We can't wait to see which iconic piece will go to jail and which new token the fans will choose to become part of one of the world's most popular games."

Monopoly was invented by Charles Darrow, whose young niece suggested he use metal charms from bracelets as movers in the game.

Parker Brothers decided to include die-cast tokens in the game when they started manufacturing and selling it in 1935.

The iron, racing car, thimble, shoe, top hat and battleship were among the original set of movers introduced in 1935, with the Scottie dog and wheelbarrow added in the early 1950s.

The token with the fewest votes will be removed from the game later this year and replaced with the suggested token that receives the most votes.

Games with the new token will arrive in stores later this year.

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