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January 09, 2013

Monopoly: Which piece will get the boot? (Probably not the boot)

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A Monopoly board and outdated pieces from 1935. (AP / Peabody Essex Museum)

A Monopoly board and outdated pieces from 1935. (AP / Peabody Essex Museum)

Have a soft spot for one of the eight classic playing pieces from Monopoly?

Then it’s time to act, because Hasbro, the board game’s publisher, is holding a contest that asks for people to vote for their favorite pieces.

The lowest vote-getter will be dropped from the game.

The current playing pieces include a race car, a thimble, an old boot, a dog, a battleship, a top hat, an iron and a wheelbarrow.

The losing piece will be replaced with one of five options — a robot, a diamond ring, a cat, a helicopter and a guitar — all of which are also being put to a vote.

Currently, the two pieces least likely to be dropped from the game are the dog and the race car, while the iron and the wheelbarrow are both in grave danger.

This isn’t the first time pieces have been retired from the Monopoly lineup. The game once included a lantern, a purse, a rocking horse and a trolley car.

Hasbro will announce the results on Feb. 6.

– Patrick Kevin Day

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