Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

Monopoly fans vote to add cat token, toss iron token

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Scottie dog has a new nemesis in Monopoly after fans voted in an online contest to add a cat token to the property trading game, replacing the iron, toymaker Hasbro Inc. said Wednesday.

The shoe, the wheelbarrow and the iron had been neck and neck for elimination in the final hours of voting.

The vote on Facebook closed just before midnight Tuesday, marking the first time fans have had a say on which of the eight tokens to add and which to toss. Other pieces in the contest for a spot included a robot, a diamond ring, a helicopter and a guitar.

"I think there were a lot of cat lovers in the world that reached out and voted," said Jonathan Berkowitz, vice president for Hasbro gaming marketing.

The Scottie dog was the most popular of the classic tokens and received 29 percent of the vote, the Rhode Island company said. The iron got the fewest votes and was kicked to the curb.

The cat received 31 percent of the votes for new tokens.

The pieces, which identify the players, have changed a lot since Parker Brothers bought the game based on the streets of Atlantic City, N.J., from designer Charles Darrow in 1935.

Other tokens currently in use are a race car, a shoe, a thimble, a top hat, a wheelbarrow and a battleship. Most of the pieces were introduced by Parker Brothers in 1935; the Scottie and the wheelbarrow were added in the early 1950s.

The original version also included a lantern, a purse, a cannon and a rocking horse. A horse and rider token was used in the 1950s.

Versions of Monopoly with the new token will come out later this year.

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