Alas, poor Monopoly game piece, we knew you well: Hasbro says it’ll soon lay one of the venerable economic board game’s tiny metal tokens to rest for good. But which one?
That’s where you come in. The company’s running what it’s calling a “Save Your Token” campaign (read: clever marketing ploy) to decide which piece gets yanked. Your choices: the race car (introduced in 1935), iron (1935), wheelbarrow (1952), boot (1935), top hat (1935), thimble (1935), battleship (1935) or Scottie dog (1952).
What’ll it be, Monopoly wonks? Sink the battleship? Boot the boot? Crash the race car? Put the poor Scottie dog down?
Call it Survivor: Monopoly Edition. Just visit the official Monopoly Facebook page, then vote for the token you like most. You have until Feb. 5, after which the lowest scoring piece is off Hasbro’s fold-up cardboard real estate island for good. Current leaderboard figures: The Scottie dog is “safe” by a huge margin, followed by the race car, but the iron and wheelbarrow are definitely in trouble.
What will the ill-fated piece be replaced with? You can vote on that, too. The company’s putting never-before-seen tokens up for grabs, including a toy robot, helicopter, cat, guitar and diamond ring.
USA Today reports Hasbro will ship a limited-run “Golden Token” version of the game for $18 in mid-February, sold exclusively through Target, that’ll include all of the old tokens plus the five new ones. The revamped standard version starring the new token will be available later this summer.
It’s not the first time the game’s experienced token turnover: Monopoly as we know it first appeared in 1935 with four colored wooden pawns. The metal versions came a few years later, raising the token count to eight, and once the cannon and battleship were added, 10. In the early 1950s, the lantern, purse and rocking horse were removed, replaced by the dog, guy riding a horse and wheelbarrow. More recently, the cannon and horse tokens were pulled, dropping the piece count from 10 to eight. In all, Hasbro says more than 20 tokens have been cast since the game was originally introduced.