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So Long, Thimble: Monopoly Unveils Its New Lineup of Quirky Tokens

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Earlier this year, Monopoly decided to mix things up: They held a vote to see what kind of tokens fans wanted in the newest edition of the game. Monopoly has held such contests in the past, but this is the first time that all the tokens were in jeopardy of being replaced—even the beloved Scottie dog. Board game fans voted on their favorite tokens out of a list of 64 options, which included the classic pieces along with some more unusual options like dinosaurs, emojis, and more. Now the results are in and it looks like three of the eight tokens are being replaced with new blood.

The new lineup is as follows: Scottie dog, top hat, car, battleship, cat, T. rex, rubber ducky, and penguin. The boot, the wheelbarrow, and the long-mocked thimble have lost their places on the board without passing Go. The voting occurred from January 10 through 31, with fans from 146 countries casting a total of 4.3 million ballots. The new selections show a love for animals and a disinterest in old-timey (but still used!) objects. After all, who could resist a giant T. rex on the board?

Personally, we're just glad no emojis made the cut.

You will be able to see the three new tokens in the next generation of Monopoly when it comes out in August. In the meantime, you can get the Token Madness board, which comes with 16 different tokens in silver and gold.

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The Most Expensive Properties in 11 Special Edition Monopoly Games
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The board spaces on the original Monopoly game—which was released on February 6, 1935—were based on locations in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Through the game, the hoity-toitiest spots for property development in there, Boardwalk and Park Place, came to symbolize the uppermost reaches of real estate value.

Since Parker Brothers (and later, Hasbro) began licensing the game for alternate versions, there have been hundreds of Monopoly offshoots, and they all have to pick something to serve as their own Boardwalk and Park Place. If it’s a city, they will usually correspond to the fanciest intersection. If it’s a country, they’ll be the two most powerful cities. But Monopoly special editions cover a whole range of areas beyond simple geography. You want to know what’s considered valuable in a particular area of interest? Look to the Boardwalk and Park Place of its Monopoly edition. Here are the most valuable spaces from 11 special edition Monopoly boards.

1. THE .COM EDITION

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In 2000, just before the end of the dot-com boom, Hasbro published .com Monopoly. Boardwalk was Yahoo! (costing $400 million) and Park Place was Excite@home (costing $350 million). Anyone remember what that was? (Didn't think so.)

2. THE PHINEAS AND FERB EDITION

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Naturally, the most valuable properties are Phineas and Ferb’s backyard and The Tri-State Area.

3. ELVIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION


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Of course Graceland is going to be Boardwalk, but what about the number two spot? Viva Las Vegas, baby.

4. NATIONAL PARKS EDITION


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How do you determine the value of a National Park? Yellowstone and Yosemite are the Boardwalk and Park Place of this version of the game. Sure, those are great parks, but there’s something unsettling about developing properties in some of the country's most famous stretches of unspoiled land, and raking in profits!

5. BASS FISHING EDITION


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If you know bass fishing, you know it’s gotta be Lake Fork and Lake Champlain.

6. SEINFELD EDITION

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A show about nothing still needs to take place somewhere. Jerry’s Apartment and Monk’s Restaurant are the center of this world.

7. MY LITTLE PONY EDITION


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Friendship is magic, but it won’t pay the rent. Stake your claim early on Canterlot and Crystal Empire.

8. SOUTH PARK EDITION


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Cartmanland and Imaginationland, where else?

9. A CHRISTMAS STORY EDITION


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The properties in this version are important objects from the movie, like a frozen flagpole, a bar of soap, and a pink bunny suit. But in this world, BB Gun and Leg Lamp get top position.

10. KISS-OPOLY


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What is true value? A KISS Platinum Gold Box Set and a Japanese Vinyl Box Set.

11. MONOPOLY HERE & NOW: THE WORLD EDITION


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If you’re going to make a World Edition of Monopoly, you’ve got to be diplomatic about how you decide what the two most valuable places in the world should be. Hasbro decided to let the world decide for itself, holding an international vote in 2008 to determine which cities would be included on the board. That’s how it came about that Montreal, Canada, and Riga, Latvia—the two cities with the most votes—became the Boardwalk and Park Place of the world.

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A New Edition of Monopoly Encourages You to Scam Everyone
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Anyone who has played Hasbro’s Monopoly knows that it's easy to be victimized by unscrupulous players. People can and will swipe money from the bank, move forward or behind one space to land on a more favorable square, or outright lie about the rules to someone unfamiliar with the game.

Previously, such actions might make you reconsider your friendships. Now, you may have to go to the same extremes just to stay competitive. According to Insider, Hasbro's newest version of the game, Monopoly: Cheaters Edition, actually rewards unethical behavior.

The Cheaters Edition game board will look similar to classic Monopoly, with one significant change: Five “cheat cards” will be in play during each game. These cards are designed to encourage players to undermine each other through deceptive tricks like quietly adding hotels without paying, stealing currency, and collecting rent on another person’s property.

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And there’s one other significant change: This version of the game doesn't have a designated banker, making the redistribution of your illicit funds that much easier.

If you succeed at pulling off a cheat unnoticed, you'll be rewarded with extra cash or property. But there are consequences if you get caught—including being forced to wear a plastic handcuff affixed to the game board.

According to Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of marketing at Hasbro, the new edition was inspired by surveys of players who admitted to dishonest game strategies.

"A recent study conducted by Hasbro revealed that nearly half of game players attempt to cheat during Monopoly games,” Berkowitz told Insider. “So in 2018, we decided it was time to give fans what they've been craving all along—a Monopoly game that actually encourages cheating.”

Monopoly: Cheaters Edition is due out this fall and will retail for $19.99.

[h/t Insider]

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