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February 06, 2013

Cat beats iron at Monopoly; limited-edition board has old, new pieces

Posted in: Games,Toys

The public has spoken, and the cat boots the iron on the Monopoly game board.

As Pop Blend cleverly noted, it’s an Internet vote, so of course the cat won.   In the vote on Facebook, held Jan. 8 to Tuesday, Hasbro asked fans to decide which old token would go and which new one would take its place.

Longtime tokens the iron, the wheelbarrow and the shoe competed for least popular in the final hours of voting, according to the Associated Press. But the iron — a granddaddy of a Monopoly token, having been around the board since the 1930s — proved least popular of all.

The tokens from which fans could choose were a cat, helicopter, robot, diamond ring and acoustic guitar.  Thirty-one percent of voters opted for the kitty.  An interesting tidbit: The Scottie dog was the most popular of the old tokens, garnering 29% of the vote, the AP said.  The voters obviously were animal lovers.

The contest drew votes from 120 countries — and it was a contest that roiled America. As the Los Angeles Times’ Joseph Serna noted in an Opinion piece: “There are only a few times in our lives when we are presented with a choice so big that it will assuredly shape the experiences of every generation to follow. … For our future’s sake, don’t vote for the iron.”

Serna, who was rooting for the helicopter, was kidding (we think).  But he and some other anti-cat-token voters were likely a little miffed Wednesday morning.

Hasbro replied to Rachel on its Monopoly Twitter account:

The board has all the old and the new tokens included. Now that’s a pretty smart marketing move. Interested parties can look for it at Target.

– Amy Hubbard

@AmyTheHub

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