Monopoly scraps the thimble after 82 years

Feb 17, 2017, 00:23
Monopoly scraps the thimble after 82 years

After ditching the Iron game piece a few years back, Hasbro has shaken up Monopoly again by getting rid of the Thimble token. The toy maker had launched a Monopoly Token Madness campaign that gave fans the opportunity to vote on a mix of the classic eight tokens and dozens of new alternatives.

Who's got game? Not the thimble. With this vote, fans of the classic game would vote on one of its iconic tokens to be removed, which would be replaced by another token later on in the year. These elements make it a tough sell for younger players, and the use of old-school tokens like the wheelbarrow, battleship and the newly deceased thimble don't much help the game's archaic image. Hasbro hasn't yet announced what token will replace it, as final results are due to be revealed in March.

It lost out to pieces such as the Scottie dog, the auto and the hat in a worldwide public vote over which tokens to save.

"But it isn't as relevant to modern America - unlike other older tokens like the auto or boot".

Fans of the board game took to Twitter to mourn the loss, many using the hashtag #SaveTheThimble.

This isn't the first time that Hasbro has held a contest to create a new edition of the game. Some of the available choices were a T-Rex, rubber duck, and an emoji. The updated board game will hit the shelves this August.

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