Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Time for change on Monopoly board

Monopoly is getting a new token (AP)
Monopoly is getting a new token (AP)

Monopoly's Scottie dog has a new nemesis after fans voted to add a cat to the game and eliminate the iron token.

Toy maker Hasbro announced the changes 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 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. Fans from more than 120 countries voted in the Save Your Token Campaign.

Monopoly's tokens originated when the niece of game creator Charles Darrow suggested using charms from her charm bracelet.

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