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

Feb. 06, 2013 | 7:36 a.m.

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



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

  1. Connie says:

    I’m glad the iron lost. I can’t remember the last time I used mine. The cat was a great choice although I am surprised that the robot didn’t win given our world of technology.

  2. mike says:

    How about Donald Trump's hairpiece?

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  4. Nope says:

    There is probably a positive correlation between people that sit around watching internet cat videos and people that vote online for things like monopoly pieces. Just saying.

  5. guest says:

    cats are bad iron should have won this is truely a tragedery

  6. boomer says:

    I liked the iron.

  7. James13 says:

    I was hoping for the introduction of a new, manlier token, like the codpiece. Oh well.

  8. Mike says:

    I care, WHY?

  9. tod says:

    Just don't take away my lucky sports car!

  10. Donald Scott says:

    I want to hear this straight from the Cats Meow.
    I am to Understand, from previous posts, the Iron
    Will still be available ?
    Is this a Truth? . I am not a fan of Cats, And I know
    Most Clothes are Permanent press, but I still love the Iron.

  11. thrilling says:

    I tried to vote last week. My phone sucked. :/ oh well, at least the scottie dog stays. :) i didnt know what the new pieces were and now that its been chosen, im absolutely happy about it. :)

  12. marc says:

    i was hoping it would be a Handgun,
    or at least a Rifle


  13. John says:

    Cats are the best! If you have a dog you should have a cat. People that hate cats are selfish. Cats too are gods creations too. Thank you for the cat.

  14. Michael Howard says:

    Whooo Hooo for the cat =^,,^= token winning!!

  15. mike rivera says:

    well its ok i i have a old monopoly n i know is a good one!!!! i wont buy a new one sorry

  16. KTG says:

    I'm so excited the cat won!! And that the dog survived. Yay!

  17. Guest says:

    A miniature monopoly board would be a good token. Or an octopus.

  18. why not a rhino says:

    Isn't it enough that cats (and birds) dominate the names of NFL teams? How much of this represents the vote of all those who like the game of monopoly, versus those passionate enough about a new token for the game (or cats) to make the effort to actually vote in Hasbro's poll?

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