- The Washington Times - Friday, February 17, 2017

The maker of Monopoly, one of the nation’s most well-known board games, is parting ways with a piece that has existed since its release 80 years ago: the thimble.

Hasbro said Thursday it’ll swap the thimble for something else in future editions of Monopoly after voters rejected the game piece in an online poll.

The game maker asked Monopoly fans in January to pick the eight tokens they want included in the next generation of the game when it ships later this year, and voters ultimately ranked the sewing accessory dead last, according to the company.

“The Thimble token will not ‘Pass GO’ in the next generation of the Monopoly game,” Hasbro said Thursday, PBS reported. “The lucky Thimble has lost its ‘shine’ with today’s fans and will be retired from the game.”

Along with the top hat, iron, shoe, battleship and cannon, the thimble was one of six tokens used to represent Monopoly players when the game began selling in the 1930s. The iron was similarly voted off in 2013 and replaced with a cat, while other tokens have come and gone as well during the course of the game’s decades-long commercial run.

More than 4 million ballots were cast overall from Jan. 10-31, Hasbro said. The final results — and the thimble’s replacement — will be announced March 19, which is World Monopoly Day.

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