Monopoly is arguably the most popular, universally known board game on this planet, despite the fact that people rarely finishing a game without wanting to murder a beloved family member. In January, Hasbro conducted the game’s biggest overhaul yet since its introduction in the 1930s, polling the internet on the game pieces players would like to see in a revamped version of the iconic board game, out this fall. Of course, legend has it that the original game pieces were conceived by creator Charles Darrow’s niece, who suggested her uncle model the tokens after bracelet charms.
Players voted in spades, with Hasbro citing 4.3 million votes from more than 100 countries. Back in 2013, by the way, voters elected the cat as the game’s newest token, replacing the iron, which received the least votes (probably due to its sexist connotations).
This year, board gamers were asked to choose from 56 new tokens, which included the eight original pieces. These options included a veritable mix of old and new, including a turtle, a computer monitor, a winking emoji, a bunny, a hashtag, a rooster, a typewriter, rollerblades and a scooter. Hasbro said they based these choices on pop culture, past editions of the game and items that could be associated with Mr. Monopoly’s luxe lifestyle.
According to the popular vote, the eight new new tokens are as follows: a scottie dog, a T-rex, a cat, a car, a rubber ducky, a penguin, a battleship and last but not least, the infamous top hat. That means Hasbro will retire the boot, the thimble and the wheelbarrow in light of its three newbies: the T-rex, the penguin and the rubber ducky. Final results found that the rainboot received the least amount of attention with 7,239 votes, while the Scottie remained the fan-favorite with a whopping 212,476 total votes.
A spokeman for Hasbro Gaming said in a statement, “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.” While I’m surprised not to see a token representative of the millennial generation such as the hashtag or emoji, at least the game’s random tokens remain as inconsistent and totally random as they’ve always been.