Say it ain't so, Hasbro! If you want to have a Monopoly game with the current game pieces, you'd better buy it soon. On Thursday, Hasbro announced it was going to eliminate one of the existing game pieces.
Indeed, one of the iconic icons of pop culture is about to get the boot (and indeed, it would be ironic if it were the shoe).
Ah, but at least the public gets to weigh in. On its Facebook page, the company has launched the campaign "Save Your Token." There Monopoly players can vote for which token they want to save (not eliminate) among the battleship, Scottie, wheelbarrow, thimble, race car, iron, wheelbarrow, and top hat.
They can also vote on which new token will be included in the game. The choices are a cat, helicopter, guitar, robot, or diamond ring.
Monopoly fans can vote daily until Feb. 5. As of Thursday morning, the leaderboard showed that the Scottie and the race car were safe (32 percent, 14 percent) and the and top hat and wheelbarrow are in trouble (6 percent, 4 percent).
There doesn't seem to be a leaderboard for the new tokens.
Monopoly was introduced by Parker Brothers in 1935 during the heart of the Great Depression. Hasbro, which bought the company, says that more than 1 billion people have played the game in its various versions, whether electronic, software, or the old game board.
There were earlier tokens that have already vanished: the lantern, purse and rocking horse, as well as the cannon (no longer in classic edition).