Thimble voted off Monopoly
Fans of Monopoly have elected to replace the classic thimble and a vote has been held to select its replacement.
The thimble has been associated with Monopoly boards around the world since the game was launched way back in 1935, so its departure will come as quite a shock to lovers of the popular game.
The last change was in 2013 when the iron piece made room for the cat. (This was the first time fans had a say on which of the eight tokens to keep and which to lose.)
Changes are not made lightly; when the inclusion of the cat was announced, toy maker Hasbro said the feline design had beaten competition from a robot, helicopter, diamond ring and a guitar.
At the time, Hasbro’s Jonathan Berkowitz commented, “I think there were a lot of cat lovers in the world that reached out.”
Previous tokens long since retired include a lantern, a purse and a rocking horse.
“Tokens are always a key part of the Monopoly game… and our fans are very passionate about which token they use while they play,” Mr Berkowitz added.
Many gamers were sorry to see the iron go but its fate was sealed when it only received 8% of the 2013 votes.
Along with the recent voting out of the thimble, members of the public were offered the choice of which new playing piece to introduce and the winner of that poll will be announced next month. Choices included a hashtag, an emoji, a flip-flop and a rubber duck.
Games featuring the new piece will be available in August 2017.
Madison, Year 6
Cottesmore Millfield Primary Academy