For the second time in four years, Monopoly is shaking up the classic board game of buying properties, luxury taxes and owning railroads — by retiring one of its classic tokens! Of course some will give the thimble a thumbs-up, but let's face it, it's something of a symbol of the past; sure, people still hand-stitch clothing but like the iron, the horse-and-rider and the howitzer it just feels a little dated. All of those tokens have been sent directly to Jail in the past. The iron was the most recent classic piece to be retired, back in , when fans of the game voted them out and the cat in. A new poll set up by Monopoly to choose a fresh piece ended on Jan.
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THE world as we know is changing as Monopoly has announced it is ditching one of its iconic pieces. Game players will soon wave goodbye to the thimble , which has been part of the board since it was launched in — but why is it being replaced and what will the new piece be? The vote saw the eight standard pieces vying for a place against 50 new designs, which include a rotary phone, a cowboy hat and a roller skate. Tragically it was the thimble that received the least votes, with makers of the game Hasbro announcing the news it is removing the playing piece. It lost out to favourites such as the top hat, the mini motor car, the recently introduced cat which was responsible for ejecting the iron in and the Scottie dog. The original six were: The top hat The thimble The iron now retired The shoe The battleship The cannon now retired 12 In , a sack of money beat a pig and a plane to be added to the board but it was retired less than a decade later Credit: AP:Associated Press. A few more options were added in and The race car The purse now retired The rocking horse now retired The lantern now retired.
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Voters were faced with a choice: Should Hasbro replace some -- or all -- of the traditional game pieces like the top hat and boot with more culturally relevant items like a hashtag, emoji or computer? More than 4. The boot, wheelbarrow and thimble won't appear in the game starting this fall.
Have Fun! Most have even played the game or started one. Charles Darrow, designer of Monopoly and who originally sold homemade games himself in , decided to leave the choice of token entirely up to the player. This option may provide the basis for some of the selections Parker Brothers later featured. The first Monopoly game tokens, produced by Parker Brothers in , were the thimble, ship, shoe, hat, cannon, and iron.