Three Monopoly tokens get the boot in fan poll

Monopoly gives iconic pieces the boot as the thimble, wheelbarrow and boot pieces are kicked out of the popular board game. VIDEO: REUTERS
The Tyrannosaurus rex, rubber ducky and penguin will replace the boot, wheelbarrow and the thimble as tokens in the next Monopoly game.
The Tyrannosaurus rex, rubber ducky and penguin will replace the boot, wheelbarrow and the thimble as tokens in the next Monopoly game.PHOTO: REUTERS
The Tyrannosaurus rex, rubber ducky and penguin will replace the boot, wheelbarrow and the thimble as tokens in the next Monopoly game.
The Tyrannosaurus rex, rubber ducky and penguin will replace the boot, wheelbarrow and the thimble as tokens in the next Monopoly game.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON • Say goodbye to the thimble, the boot and the wheelbarrow, Monopoly fans. There are new tokens in town.

Hasbro, the maker of the real-estate-trading board game, announced on Friday the results of a poll that asked fans in more than 100 countries to choose which tokens will circle the board in the next Monopoly game coming out in the fall.

The Scottie dog, top hat, roadster car, cat and battleship tokens will return. But the boot got the boot, and so did the wheelbarrow and the thimble.

The three tokens will be replaced with a Tyrannosaurus rex, a rubber ducky and a penguin, said Hasbro.

The announcement came just before World Monopoly Day today.

In a statement, Mr Jonathan Berkowitz, a senior vice-president at Hasbro Gaming, said that the "global Monopoly community has spoken".

"The next generation of tokens clearly represents the interests of our fans around the world, and we're proud to have our iconic game impacted by the people that feel most passionate about playing it," he said.

Hasbro had asked fans in January to choose the next generation of tokens from a list of 64 options, which included the current line-up.

More than 4.3 million votes were counted. The most popular token in the voting was the Scottie dog, the stout little pup that has clattered its way past "Go" countless times on Monopoly boards worldwide since it was introduced in the 1950s.

The T-rex was the second most popular option among the voters, followed by the top hat and the racing car, which have both been in circulation since the 1930s, when the game first made its appearance on American living room tables.

The rubber ducky and penguin were the final inductees, joining the cat and the battleship.

The company has opened up its revamping of the token line-up in previous polls. In 2013, fans voted to drop the iron.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 19, 2017, with the headline 'Three Monopoly tokens get the boot in fan poll'. Print Edition | Subscribe