Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

Thimble dropped from Monopoly board game after getting a thumbs-down

Thimble dropped from Monopoly board game after getting a thumbs-down

During Hasbro's Monopoly Token Madness Vote, voters have rejected the thimble, an integral part of the game since being added to Monopoly in 1935.

Monopoly says goodbye to one of its classic game pieces. Voting wrapped up at the end of January, and now game maker Hasbro is slowly sharing the results, starting with the demise of the thimble.

By popular vote, the thimble will be replaced with a new game piece in the next printing of the game, which will be released in August of this year.

Fortune noted that dropping the thimble made sense as it represented a household object that was part of the day-to-day life in the 1930s when the board game was first launched.

Hasbro will announce the new tokens on March 19, with options including various smiley face emojis, a cellphone, and aviator sunglasses.

"But it isn't as relevant to modern America - unlike other older tokens like the vehicle or boot". Some of the new tokens that were up for consideration this year included a penguin, rubber duck, TV, watch, and an emoji of Mr. Monopoly. The first round of games included an iron, purse, lantern, race vehicle, thimble, shoe, top hat, battleship, cannon and a rocking horse.

Current versions of the game feature 16 tokens which seems to defeat the goal of everything described in the previous paragraphs, but far be it for us to upset the Big Board Game lobby.

This is the second time a piece has been removed from the game following public consultation.

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