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Monopoly: Cat In, Iron Out

By February 6, 2013

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Monopoly - Cat TokenThe people of the world have spoken, and there will be a new Monopoly token: the cat. The feline playing piece will appear in Monopoly games starting later this year.

The cat, which received 31 percent of the vote, beat out four competitors in an online poll: a robot, guitar, helicopter and diamond ring. It will join the battleship, race car, Scottie dog, thimble, top hat, and wheelbarrow.

To make room for the cat, game publisher Hasbro also asked voters to choose which token should be eliminated. In the last days of voting, three were in danger: the shoe, wheelbarrow, and iron. In the end, voters gave the boot to the iron. (The wheelbarrow may have been saved by a campaign organized by Ames True Temper of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, which manufactures about 80 percent of the wheelbarrows sold in the United States. Meanwhile, the shoe was promoted by online retailer Zappos.)

This is not the first time that Monopoly tokens have been changed. In the early 1950s, the game included a lantern, purse and rocking horse -- until they were replaced by the dog, horse and rider, and wheelbarrow. Other tokens used through the years include an elephant, a cannon (actually, a howitzer), and a sack of money.

According to Hasbro, voters from 120 countries took part in the poll.

Image courtesy of Hasbro

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