More than 4.3 million voters from 146 countries weighed in on which tokens they wanted to see in future versions of the property-acquisition game, which is based on the real-life streets of Atlantic City. Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based Hasbro announced the winners Friday morning.
The winners: a Tyrannosaurus rex, a penguin and a rubber ducky.
The losers: the boot, wheelbarrow and thimble.
There were 64 contenders, including a winking emoji, a hashtag, a clunky '80s-style cellphone and a pair of bunny slippers.
The existing Scottish Terrier, battleship, racecar, top hat and cat tokens will carry on.
The Scottie was top dog in the competition, leading all contenders with 212,476 votes. The T. rex was second with 207,954, and the hat was third with 167,582. The car was fourth with 165,083; the ducky was fifth with 160,485; the cat was sixth with 154,165; the penguin waddled into seventh place with 146,661; and the battleship made the final cut with 134,704 votes.
The closest unsuccessful candidate was the tortoise, which fell nearly 5,700 votes short.
A rain boot got the least support, with 7,239 votes.
The next version of the game will go on sale with the new tokens in the fall.
Fans and critics of the game reacted on Twitter. Their thoughts ranged from outrage to apathy to general distaste for the game overall. A sampling:
There's a Penguin and a T-Rex?!? Might be time to upgrade the monopoly board!!! https://t.co/LxC1D6z9pm— Evan Linnert (@linnerte) March 17, 2017
Mixed feelings about the new Monopoly tokens. The T-rex is quite cool, but there's definite nostalgia for me with iron, boot & wheelbarrow. https://t.co/93ku7NhLbu— Kevin Tostado (@Tostie) March 17, 2017
I WAS ALWAYS THE WHEELBARROW BECAUSE I WOULD SAY "I NEED THIS TO CARRY AROUND ALL MY MONEY"— THE Fake Ned (@TheFakeNed) March 17, 2017
You have made an enemy today Monopoly. https://t.co/svjg33mX8O
And just like that, the whole point of the Monopoly pieces is completely lost 🙄— Robin (@robinthemurr) March 17, 2017
MONOPOLY TOKENS IN THE YEAR 2037— Joe Fourhman (@fourhman) March 17, 2017
- dermal piercing
- the handclap emoji
- banana (extinct)
- Suicide Squad's Oscar
- human empathy
The old ones were dumb but the new ones don't make sense either. Also why is this breaking news https://t.co/EdKu5M9bYF— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) March 17, 2017
@fmanjoo monopoly pieces ranked:— Benjamin Adams (@BenAdamsO_O) March 17, 2017
5. ...everything else...
Also, Monopoly is a horrible game, and no one should play it regardless of what the tokens are. https://t.co/9JnZXsOeKT— Jesse Lansner (@Jesselansner) March 17, 2017
The board game was "born" on March 19, 1935, when Parker Brothers acquired the rights to it. In the decades since, an estimated 1 billion people have weighed the merits of buying up utilities and railroads or trying to hit it big with Boardwalk hotels.
The original 10 tokens were an iron, purse, lantern, racecar, thimble, shoe, top hat, battleship, cannon and a rocking horse.
Jonathan Berkowitz, Hasbro's senior vice president of marketing, grew up playing the game with his family.
"While I'm sad to see the iconic thimble, boot, and wheelbarrow tokens go, it will be fun to have some new, fan-sourced tokens in the mix," he said. "Personally, I've always especially liked the boot token, but I'm excited to move onto the T. rex."
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