Pass go with T. rex, pen­guin or duck in Mo­nop­oly

The Detroit News - - BUSINESS - BY WAYNE PARRY As­so­ci­ated Press

At­lantic City, N. J. — The boot has been booted, the wheel­bar­row has been wheeled out, and the thim­ble got the thumbs down in the lat­est ver­sion of the board game Mo­nop­oly. In their place will be a Tyran­nosaurus rex, a pen­guin and a rub­ber ducky.

More than 4.3 mil­lion vot­ers from 146 coun­tries weighed in on which to­kens they wanted to see in future ver­sions of the prop­erty­ac­qui­si­tion game, which is based on the real-life streets of At­lantic City. Paw­tucket, Rhode Is­land­based Has­bro an­nounced the win­ners Fri­day morn­ing.

Jonathan Berkowitz, Has­bro’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing, grew up playing the game with his fam­ily.

“While I’m sad to see the icon- ic thim­ble, boot, and wheel­bar­row to­kens go, it will be fun to have some new, fan-sourced to­kens in the mix,” he said. “Per­son­ally, I’ve al­ways es­pe­cially liked the boot to­ken, but I’m ex­cited to move onto the T. rex.”

There were 64 con­tenders, in­clud­ing a wink­ing emoji, a hash­tag, a clunky ‘80s-style cell­phone and a pair of bunny slip­pers.

The ex­ist­ing Scot­tish Ter­rier, bat­tle­ship, race­car, top hat and cat to­kens will carry on.

The Scot­tie was top dog in the com­pe­ti­tion, lead­ing all con­tenders with 212,476 votes. The T. rex was sec­ond with 207,954, and the hat was third with 167,582. The car was fourth with 165,083; the ducky was fifth with 160,485; the cat sixth with 154,165; the pen­guin wad­dled into sev­enth place with 146,661; and the bat­tle­ship made the fi­nal cut with 134,704 votes.

The clos­est un­suc­cess­ful can­di­date was the tor­toise, which fell nearly 5,700 votes short. A rain boot got the least sup­port, with 7,239 votes.

The next ver­sion of the game will go on sale with the new to­kens in the fall.

The board game was “born” on March 19, 1935, when Parker Broth­ers ac­quired the rights to it. In the decades since, an es­ti­mated 1 bil­lion peo­ple have weighed the mer­its of buy­ing up util­i­ties and rail­roads or try­ing to hit it big with Board­walk ho­tels.

The orig­i­nal 10 to­kens were an iron, purse, lan­tern, race­car, thim­ble, shoe, top hat, bat­tle­ship, cannon and a rock­ing horse.

Wayne Parry / AP

Three new to­kens will be avail­able to fans of the board game Mo­nop­oly: a duck, a T. rex di­nosaur and a pen­guin. They take the place of the boot, the wheel­bar­row and the thim­ble.

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