PAWTUCKET – Toy and game maker Hasbro Inc. plans to retire one of the eight iconic Monopoly game pieces in 2013, and is letting fans vote online to determine the outcome, Hasbro announced Thursday.
“The tokens are one of the most iconic parts of the Monopoly game, and we know that people are emotionally tied to their favorite one,” Eric Nyman, senior vice president and global brand leader for Hasbro Gaming, said in a statement.
“When we decided to replace one of the tokens in the game, we knew we had to involve our fans in the process,” added Nyman. “We can’t wait to see which iconic piece will go to ’jail’ and which new token the fans will choose to become part of one of the world’s most popular games.”
Monopoly fans can vote every day until Feb. 5 at Facebook.com/Monopoly to help determine which piece will be eliminated from the game. The eight iconic icons are the Scottie dog, the race car, the top hat, the battleship, the wheelbarrow, the shoe, the thimble and the iron.
When the vote ends, Hasbro will swap the classic piece for one that “reflects the interests of today’s Monopoly players,” said the company.
Fans can vote on Facebook for which new piece they would like to see added to the game. The options are: diamond ring, guitar, toy robot, cat or helicopter.
According to Hasbro, fans will also be able to “campaign” via Facebook and Twitter to save their favorite game piece from retirement.
Classic Monopoly was invented by Charles Darrow when his young niece suggested he use metal charms from charm bracelets as movers in the game. Parker Brothers liked this suggestion and decided to include die-cast pieces when they started manufacturing it in 1935.
The iron, race car, thimble, shoe, top hat and battleship were among the original set of movers introduced in 1935. According to Hasbro, the Scottie dog and wheelbarrow were added in the early 1950s.
The token with the fewest votes will be removed from the game and replaced by the new token that receives the highest number of votes.
Monopoly games with the new piece will arrive on store shelves in mid- to late-2013.