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Monopoly fans hate the thimble, kick it out of the game

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Howard Terry | 17 February, 2017, 00:24

Back in January, Monopoly asked fans to vote on whether or not they should keep their iconic eight tokens.

Hasbro, the company that produces the beloved board game "Monopoly", has been holding a poll online to see which of its classic game pieces would be replaced for a new edition coming out later this year. The token that will be replacing it is now unknown - the Vote Monopoly site, which hosted the event, says that winning tokens will be revealed on March 19, 2017, which has been dubbed Monopoly Day.

Kathy Merlock Jackson, a professor of communication at Virginia Wesleyan College, said it's common for makers of popular games to update their pieces to create conversation. The month-long fan vote has ended, and the thimble did not make the top eight, meaning it will be stricken from upcoming versions of the game. Of the original pieces, only the shoe, top hat, and vehicle remain.

More than 50 tokens are vying for a spot in the game this summer.

This is the second time a piece has been removed from the game following public consultation.

Choices included a hashtag, an emoji, a flip-flop and a rubber duck. New board games featuring the new piece will be available on sale in August 2017. And if you've ever opened a Monopoly box created after 2013, you'll notice that the classic iron has been replaced with a cat.

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