- The Washington Times - Friday, March 17, 2017

Monopoly’s iconic thimble, boot and wheelbarrow tokens will be replaced by a dinosaur, rubber ducky and penguin in the game’s next edition, Hasbro said Friday.

The game maker asked fans in January to pick the eight pieces to be included in the next version of Monopoly and announced the results Friday after calculating more than 4 million votes.

The thimble, boot and wheelbarrow all failed to make the cut and will be ditched when the next edition of Monopoly ships in August, Hasbro said.

A T-Rex, rubber ducky and penguin token will make their Monopoly debut in their place, according to the company, and will appear alongside five previously introduced pieces spanning the game’s nearly century-old history.

In addition to the three newest tokens, the next edition of Monopoly will be shipped with game pieces resembling a Scottie dog, a top hat, a race car, a battleship and a cat.

More than 4.3 million voters from 146 countries participated picked the eight winning game pieces from a pool of dozens of potential tokens, Hasbro said.

“The next generation of tokens clearly represents the interests of our fans around the world and we’re proud to have our iconic game impacted by the people that feel most passionate about playing it,” said Jonathan Berkowitz, Hasbro’s senior vice president of marketing.

Voters ultimately ranked the thimble last, the game maker announced last month. The sewing accessory was introduced when the game was launched during the Great Depression, but decades later garnered only about 81,000 votes, or about 2 percent of total ballots cast, Hasbro said Friday.

The thimble, top hat, race car and boot were all included in the original 1933 edition of Monopoly, though Hasbro has mixed up the tokens several times in the decades since. The Scottie dog, the first-place winner of the latest vote, was introduced in the 1950s. The cat, meanwhile, has only appeared in the game since 2013.

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