The New Monopoly Token Is The Cat’s Meow
The new Monopoly cat token is getting ready to get shipped out in the new boxes of the classic board game.
During the month of February, Hasbro held a vote on which of the Monopoly pieces would 'go to token jail' and what new token would replace it. Fans selected the classic Iron piece which had been there since the game's inception in 1935, ending a 78-year-run in the game.
The pieces in the running to join the token line-up were a cat, a helicopter, a diamond ring, a robot and a guitar. The cat token won with 31% of the vote. The token will make a public appearance in the 2013 Internet Cat Festival Video during the Minnesota State Fair.
"We know that cat lovers around the world will be happy to welcome the new cat token into the Monopoly game," said Eric Nyman, senior vice president and global brand leader for Hasbro Gaming, at the time of the vote. "While we're a bit sad to see the iron go, the cat token is a fantastic choice by the fans and we have no doubt it will become just as iconic as the original tokens."
Other retired pieces include the lantern, purse and rocking horse which were retired around the 1950s and were replaced with The dog, wheelbarrow and the man on horseback. The man on horseback piece also faced retirement later on.
More pieces include a cannon and a sack of money, which made it's debut in 1999 after another fans choice. The sack piece was later retired in 2007.