Everyone’s favorite board game is getting some new pieces. Monopoly got rid of the iron and the thimble, but now it looks like two more pieces are also getting booted. Following in the footsteps of the iron and thimble, the boot and wheelbarrow are being replaced. However, while long time fans of the original game might be sad to see these long time playing pieces go, their replacements are certainly worthy of taking their places.
According to a report from NPR, Monopoly is adding some new hardware to the game in the form of three new tokens. A penguin, a rubber ducky and a T-Rex are joining the game after a public vote which saw the removal of the long time pieces in favor of these more modern and fun additions.
While Hasbro had already shared the news that the thimble was being replaced, they were looking for a replacement token in order to fill the spot of the displaced piece. This lead to the public getting a chance to vote for a new Monopoly playing piece from among a long list of potential pieces including a monster truck and even a smiling emoji.
The public vote would have allowed for any of the current pieces to be replaced and that is exactly what has happened. Four of the original game pieces are being eliminated from future editions of the classic Monopoly and the three new tokens are joining the game.
As some have pointed out there is a certain sense of irony in the fact that a dinosaur token is being added to a game that some people have actually called a dinosaur itself. With the game being so old-fashioned, there is a certain sense of humor that goes into voting for the T-Rex to join the tokens. At the same time the rubber duck, which is of course made out of metal like the other tokens, is a cute addition to the group, even if it does seem to leave some people wondering what the public was thinking. Finally the penguin is perhaps the most fitting of all the pieces voted upon and just seems to work when it comes to the game.
No matter what anyone thinks, there are three new pieces joining the Monopoly world and fans of the boot or the wheelbarrow will have to decide which piece will become their new favorite. Of course with so many different editions of the game and old sets still out there, fans of the old pieces will still get to enjoy their favorites as long as they have their original game boards.
What do you think of the new tokens joining the Monopoly pieces? Which is your favorite new token? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
By Dorothea James
Photo Courtesy Hasbro