Monopoly is dropping the thimble from its selection of tokens
16 February 2017 • 7:40pm
The makers of Monopoly have announced that the thimble is to be scrapped as a game piece in its next edition. Hasbro recently put the board game tokens to a public vote in order to determine which symbols should be employed by players in its new editions, and which should be dropped. The thimble has been a standard-issue part of Monopoly since the board game was first launched in 1935 - along with a top hat, iron, shoe, battleship and cannon, the last of which has also been retired. The iron was dropped in 2013 following an earlier public vote, in which the public elected to replace it with a cat. The latest vote saw the eight standard pieces vying for a place against a choice of more than 50 new designs, including a cowboy hat, cowboy boot, two different race car models, and a rotary phone.
Hasbro will announce the winning new design on March 19. "We were a little bit surprised that the thimble got among the lowest votes because it's been in the game for so long," said Jonathan Berkowitz, senior VP of marketing at Hasbro Gaming. "There is a possibility other classic pieces were also voted out," he added. Monopoly was first devised in its current form in 1935 by domestic heater salesman and games designer Charles Darrow, who followed his niece's suggested the tokens could be made to resemble the charms from a girl’s charm bracelet.