Everyone has their favourite Monopoly piece. Do you greedily grab for the dog, the hat or the thimble? Or are you a champion of the racing car, a captain of the battleship, a connoisseur of the boot? Do you unleash your green fingers on the wheelbarrow, or are you one of those rare creatures who readily reaches for the flat iron?
If your loyalities lie strongly with any of the above, you’d better make your move to save your favourite metal token from the axe because toy company Hasbro – who manufacture the iconic family board game – have announced plans to retire one of the current eight game pieces in favour of an addition that, “reflects the interests of today’s players.”
Not only can fans vote on which token they want to keep, they can also share their thoughts on the design they believe is worthy to begin passing Go, with the most popular new piece to enter the game before the end of the year.
The list of five replacements drawn up by Hasbro are a diamond ring, a guitar, a toy robot, a helicopter and a cat – perhaps a companion for the Scottie dog if he lives to face another roll of the dice?
“The tokens are one of the most iconic parts of the Monopoly game,” explained Eric Nyman, a Hasbro spokesman, “and we know that people are emotionally tied to their favourite one.”
“When we decided to replace one of the tokens in the game, we knew we had to involve our fans in the process. We can’t wait to see which iconic piece will go to jail and which new token the fans will choose to become part of one of the world’s most popular games.”
The eight tokens currently facing a lifetime behind bars are believed to have first entered the game after Monopoly pioneer Charles Darrow’s young niece suggested using charm bracelet pendants as game pieces. The six original metal figures were first manufactured and sold in 1935 – and were later joined by the Scottie dog and wheelbarrow in the early 1950s.
Current standings on Monopoly’s Facebook page reveal the dog to be streets ahead in the poll, followed by the racing car which also looks likely to face another role of the dice. But in trouble are the flat iron and the wheelbarrow after receiving the least amount of votes from fans ahead of the big reveal on 6 February.
In order to have your say in the global vote of the year, visit Monopoly on Facebook or make your decision on Twitter using the hashtag #tokenvote before the poll closes on 5 February.