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Monopoly Thimble Out as Players Vote In New Board Game Tokens

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The thimble will no longer be a game piece in Monopoly, rejected in 2017 in a campaign to determine the tokens for the next generation of the game. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

By    |   Friday, 17 Feb 2017 05:51 AM

Monopoly game maker Hasbro announced Thursday it will replace the thimble game token when it releases an update of the game in August.

Hasbro ran a contest, the Monopoly Token Madness campaign, to select all eight of the game pieces from among more than 50 options. It was not confirmed whether any of the other seven tokens — the boot, top hat, Scottie dog, car, battleship, wheelbarrow, and cat — would be replaced.

But the thimble is definitely out for the first time since 1935 when the game was introduced. The iron got the boot in 2013 when the cat was chosen to replace it.

The changes signal shifts in daily activities for many Americans, most of whom no longer sew or iron often as they would have 85 years ago.

All eight game pieces will be announced March 19, which has been named World Monopoly Day. Choices included a penguin, a computer, a hashtag symbol, and an emoji, among many others. The new tokens will be gold colored, CNN reported.

More than 300 versions of Monopoly have been released to date, including Monopoly Ultimate Banking, which uses an electronic system instead of cash like other versions, computer software, and mobile apps of the game.

Updating the traditional Monopoly game makes sense for Hasbro, which saw a resurgence in board game sales last year. Revenues for board games increased 9 percent last year to $1.39 billion, Fortune reported. Other popular Hasbro games are Sorry!, Operation, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and, more recently, Pie Face.

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