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UPDATE: Monopoly reveals new token


(CNN) -- The iron's out and the cat's in Hasbro's latest update to its iconic Monopoly board game, the company announced Wednesday.

The company invited Monopoly fans to vote on which of its icons would be dropped in favor of a new one "that's more representative of today's Monopoly players," Eric Nyman, senior vice president for Hasbro Gaming, said at the start of the campaign last month.

The boot, iron and wheelbarrow drew the least support from fans, while the Scottie dog received the most support.

The new choice received mixed reviews from fans.

"What? The cat? I demand a recount!!!," Facebook user Dillon Lane posted on the Monopoly page. But Facebook user Eve Conolly is happy.

"Yay, down with ironing and hooray for kittens!," she posted on the Monopoly page.

More than 10 million people clicked the "like" button on the Facebook voting page for the token change.

The new token is expected to make its debut in mid- to late 2013. Until then, fans can still buy games with the old tokens.


This was the online drama that played out as the Monopoly "Save Your Token" campaign passed its midnight deadline with all three classic tokens in danger of banishment from the game board -- no longer able to pass GO or collect $200.

"I think this is wrong," said John Ebejer, one of many fans with passionate posts on Monopoly's Facebook page. "Someone is gonna lose their favorite token."

Hasbro, maker of the board game available in 111 countries and 43 languages, is replacing one of the tokens with one "that's more representative of today's Monopoly players," Eric Nyman, senior vice president for Hasbro Gaming, said at the start of the campaign last month.

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The new token -- either a diamond ring, guitar, toy robot, cat or helicopter -- will be unveiled Wednesday morning by the toymaker on the "Today Show" and is expected to make its debut in mid- to late 2013. Game fans also voted for their favorite replacement token.

As the final hours ticked away, only the Scottie dog was a sure bet to trot on Boardwalk, with 29% of the vote.

The race car, battleship and top hat looked safe as well with 12%-14%.

Thimble fans had reason for concern with just 10% of the tally, fearing their token could get needled out of the game.

In trouble -- not the board game -- are the boot, sometimes called the old-style shoe, the iron and the wheelbarrow at 8%.

Think this is a silly game? Tell that to the more than 10 million people who clicked the "like" button for it on Facebook.

Sweating the outcome

Many were seriously sweating the outcome.

"I will never be able to buy another monopoly game again without the SHOE! I always get the shoe!" said Jennifer Simonson-Wehrle.

"IRON FOR LIFE!!!" said a post from Sarah Jane Stevens.

But Ali Muzaffar Khan had no love for the iron.

"Scrap the IRON," he said, sporting a smiley face.

The wheelbarrow was taking its lumps too.

"The wheelbarrow ALWAYS tips over," said Kristin Kramer. "That one could stand to be replaced."

And one other fan worked the future and the past.

"I hope anything but the Diamond Ring Won, and I hope the Shoe did not loose," posted Jennifer Crawford.

So which piece wins and joins the select club? Like any good game of Monopoly, it will just have to play out.

The stack of Chance cards are waiting.

Pick one off the top.

Will the boot get the boot? What about the iron or the wheelbarrow?


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