Monopoly to lose one of its classic tokens


87 Responses to “Monopoly to lose one of its classic tokens”

  1. daneyul says:

    Who ever picks the thimble?  I personally would love to have a robot wreaking havoc on the puny hotels of my opponents.

    • Bersl says:

      I picked the thimble.

      I also usually got defrauded by a former friend who made up rules which I gullibly followed.

      • Christopher says:

        It sounds like your friend understood the real life applications of Monopoly: if you have no scruples and can convince others to go along with you your ability to amass wealth is limitless. 

        • TripleE78 says:

           VERY true.  I once sat witness to a game where someone opted to NOT collect all of another player’s loot if it got them out of the game, since it gave him more money to keep charging rents from the poorest players without taking them completely out of the game.

          Note that this was a tournament where you’d play in groups of 4 for a set period of time, and whoever had the most cash at the end of the period went to the next round.  You could probably game it slightly for regular monopoly though too (squeeze cash out of the poorest longer so you can use it against the 2nd and 3rd richest). 

          Again, real life parallels work well here.  Keep the poor guy in the system, and make it look like you’re doing him a favor, so you make even more money.

          • I tend to let my friend give me IOU cards (piece of paper with what they owe me written down) so they don’t go bankrupt. Then, if they manage to land on free parking, I get most of their winnings and we continue playing :D

  2. Sqube says:

    You get rid of the racecar at your own peril, Hasbro.

  3. Edward says:

    Let us add the robot.

  4. Austin Burns says:

    If mustache robot doesn’t win, there is no justice in this world.

  5. Jorpho says:

    Of course we all know this is just an excuse to give a big marketing push to said “‘Golden Token’ Monopoly ($17.99)”, right?

    I can’t even remember when the battleship came in.  That can go. (The version I am familiar with used the cannon. Too violent, I guess?)

    • millie fink says:

      I was thinking that too. This choose-a-new-token thing is a great marketing strategy.

    • I’d completely forgotten about the cannon!

      I feel sorry for Monopoly these days with the likes of Catan becoming more mainstream – which is really a good thing, as it promotes strategy and trade, rather than greed and arguments – but at the same time it makes me sad that no one will play Monopoly with me…

  6. Mike Robinson says:

    Let’s be honest, thimble is getting replaced by robot. They know it. We know it. The rest is just marketing fluff.

  7. Shibi_SF says:

    Cat.  This is about the cat.  

  8. a_w_young says:

     The dog inevitably ends up being run over by a car driven by someone with a mean streak that lands on the same space anyway. Might as well get ahead of the curve and get rid of the guy for his own safety.

  9. TheOven says:

    In other news, checkers switching to a slightly different red. WGaF?

  10. Stumpy says:

    The dog can stand on his nose.  Everything else is just some weird game about property and abusing the role of the banker.

    • Wreckrob8 says:

      My family used to play a version in which the role of a single, authoritarian banker was abolished. The money was placed in reach of everybody and we would all take on the role of banker as and when required.

  11. naufragio says:

    Why not Zoidberg?

  12. James Turner says:

    I’m going to wait for the new boardgame where you have to keep coming up with desperate new marketing strategies in a transparent attempt to keep people interested in a tired old game that should have been retired years ago. Hours of fun for all the family!

    • Jorpho says:

      “The object of Monopoly is to fully explore the sensations of boredom, sorrow and rage. In this sense, EVERYONE’s a winner, as it’ll become clear in the first 30 minutes that you’ve lost, yet the game will grind on for hours and hours after that. It is during this time that you will explore these emotions. It is during this time that you will wonder what you did to deserve this. It is is during this time that you will begin to despise the Brothers Parker.”

  13. Timothy Krause says:

    Those seem like sweeping changes, not token ones at all.

  14. Jack Daniel says:

    “End of Line.” -Thimble

  15. peregrinus says:

    Don’t all be so sure on the thimble.  It’s the only piece you can comfortably stick up your nose to disgust your opponents while you steal money from the bank.

  16. RedShirt77 says:

    What is an Iron?

  17. PathosBill says:

    Ok, so here’s one argument for having (access to) a 3D printer :)

  18. bzishi says:

    Both the cat and the robot would look good wearing the top hat.

  19. Deidzoeb says:

    Don’t troll me, hasBro!

  20. CLamb says:

    Why does one of the existing pieces have to go if a new piece is added?  Is the profit margin on the game that tight?

  21. Sekino says:

    I like the thimble! I think the battleship should go. Battleships have a game of their own anyway ;)  The robot or the cat should be in.

  22. Souse says:

    You peasants like the shoe?!?

  23. C.J. Hayes says:

    Awww, that was the only pet dog I ever had.  The sad.

  24. dave3 says:

    “Monopoly to lose one of its classic tokens”
    No surprise, I’ve lost most of them already.

  25. Jenny says:

    Once up on a time my nephews got in a fight over who got to be the battleship.  The fight ended on my 5 year old nephew swallowing the battleship and having to go to the emergency room for x-rays. In the x-ray you can see the little battleship floating perfectly in his stomach.  So due to that incident I think the battleship should go.  I’m very fond of the iron, the top hat and the shoe, but I guess the wheelbarrow can go, too.  I think they should just add all the new ones and keep the old one.  The robot is pretty kick ass and the cat is adorable.

  26. Tostie14 says:

    The current MONOPOLY World Champion used the iron at the 2009 World Championships. You can learn more about it in my film, “Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story,” available on Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon.

  27. Heather Booth says:

    My kids found an old book on Monopoly strategy at their grandmother’s house and read it until it fell apart.  The deal-making strategies it recommended were truly Machiavellian.  They *loved* it.  I learned not to accept any deal they offered.  I wish I could find a copy of that book!

  28. Karl S. says:

    This has 4chan written all over it.

  29. Timmo Warner says:

    Did I read that correctly? The horse and rider isn’t a Monopoly piece anymore?

    I’m ALWAYS the horse and rider!

  30. Tribune says:

    On sale for Christmas 2013 “Classic Monopoly” with all original pieces? or maybe 2014.
    And lets face it someone will promote the cat on 4chan and the race to replace will be done.

  31. Milo says:

    Monopoly has been missing the single most important piece since its inception: the thief.

  32. Finnagain says:

    The tokens were the best thing about Monopoly. Wait, they were the ONLY good thing about Monopoly.

  33. Finnagain says:

    My random etymology widget just gave me this:

    “exclusive control of a commodity or trade,” 1534, from L. monopolium, from Gk. monopolion “right of exclusive sale,” from mono- (q.v.) polein “to sell,” from PIE base *pel- “to sell, purchase, barter, gain” (cf. Skt. panate “barters, purchases,” Lith. pelnas “gain,” O.C.S. splenu, Rus. polon “prey, booty,” O.N. falr, Du. veil, Ger. feil “for sale, venal”). The popular board game, invented by Charles Darrow, is from 1935. Monopoly money “unreal currency” is attested from 1972, in ref. to the game. Monopolize first recorded 1611; monopolistic is from 1883.

  34. Talia says:

    Growing up, I ‘d always insist on playing the dog. It would be evil to destroy my childhood by getting rid of it. DON’T BE EVIL, Hasbro! 

  35. Urbane_Gorilla says:

    Lose the flat iron….Add the robot…What’s more appropriate for Monopoly than a robot banker after all the robo-signing they were involved in.

    • You play with the iron if you were the person that took a bathroom break or went to the kitchen while the game was being setup. It’s the worst.

      • Urbane_Gorilla says:

         And such a sexist icon too! ;=)

        • Donald Petersen says:

          FWIW, I entered my second marriage as the only party possessing an iron and the skillset to use it.  And a handsome, hardly-scorched ironing board as well.  But then, my wife came from a famous family of godless Communists, and was the second generation to keep her “maiden” name.

          As it happens, I enjoy my biannual ironing sessions.  As for the game of Monotony, however, I won’t play it anymore.  She and I played on our honeymoon, and I miraculously managed to squeak out a win.  I absolutely refuse to grant a rematch.  She can kick my ass at Bananagrams, Scrabble, poker, Boggle, and pretty much any board or card game in creation, and a spelling bee between us would probably end in a tie after 72 hours or so, but dammit, I believe I’ve won the right to never, ever have to play another goddamned game of Monopoly in my life.

          The rest of the honeymoon was excellent.

          • Urbane_Gorilla says:

            My wife stopped playing Monopoly with me because ‘I was a mean player’…Oddly, she continued to play and consistently beat me at backgammon…. Odd huh.

  36. Finnagain says:

    Is it too late to ask Hasbro to add the guillotine?  I’d play again, if I got to be the guillotine.

  37. Halloween_Jack says:

    Iron for robot. That type of iron hasn’t been used for anything but a decorative antique for nearly a century. (I don’t get the thimble hate; I still use one occasionally myself, for mending clothes in spots where the fabric is thick or folded-over (such as a belt loop) and I really have to push the needle in hard.)

  38. foxtails says:

    I have a deluxe edition of Monopoly from 1988 with a steam locomotive token. That has always been my favorite piece.

  39. DevinC says:

    I’d like to see the cat, if only because it would accidentally commemorate, in some small way, the time my brother and I played against our cat and lost:

  40. Mark A says:

    Guitar is the one that best fits the theme of making no sense at all.

  41. Eileen Stone says:


  42. Greg Husband says:

    the iron, a bit sexist

  43. TonganJedi says:

    Who cares what tokens they use?  It’s Monopoly.  It’s one of the worst games ever created.  Roll and move…roll and move…  It’s 95% luck and 5% screwdrivers in the eye because it just won’t end!

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