Monopoly turns to the public to replace, or not, depending on the outcome of the vote, its game pieces. Hence, the next time somebody is playing Monopoly with their friends or family, the users may be left holding a hashtag token, or a miniature dinosaur, instead of the iconic top hat, thimble, or silver shoe.
According to Hasbro, which owns Monopoly, the company is allowing the public to decide on the new game pieces for the first time in the brand’s 82-year history. On Tuesday, January 10th, Hasbro launched the website VoteMonopoly.com to encourage internet users to vote the eight figurines that will be featured in the next version.
The website is easy to use, and Rich Uncle Pennybags helps the voters browse the rooms filled with the golden, trophy-looking tokens. In the first room are Monopoly’s original silver game pieces. Although the silver shoe will most likely get the boot, the top hat could remain in the upcoming formula if voters say so.
Apart from the original eight game pieces, the company has added 56 entirely new options. Hasbro said the new suggestions were inspired by social media and pop culture. By the end of January, internet users and Monopoly fans are called to vote. The new tokens will be revealed in March and will be featured in the next version of the game. However, the company also plans to launch another edition in early spring, dubbed Monopoly Signature Token Collection Edition, which will include all the 64 game pieces up for vote.
The company will start rolling out the latest Monopoly version in the fall of 2017 with prices starting at $20.
This is nothing new for Hasbro. Back in 2013, Monopoly fans voted out the iron token and replaced it with a cat game piece which has been consequently added to the game’s latest versions. So far, Hasbro released almost 300 versions of the game. The latest edition, a cashless version of the game, uses an electronic banking unit and bank cards instead of paper money.
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