The Monopoly thimble is being retired.
Following 4 million votes in an online poll, toymaker Hasbro announced that one of its original token pieces will be replaced in the 2017 edition of the popular real estate board game.
It makes sense. I was trying to remember the last time I used a thimble in real life, or maybe the last time I did any hand-sewing. Okay, any sewing at all ?
Everyone had a favorite token back in the day, and I can guess it was not the thimble.
I remember folks fighting over the top hat, the race car, or the Scottie dog. For some reason, I liked the shoe.
In a similar “token madness” campaign in 2013, the iron was replaced by a cat.
The most surprising aspect of this story might be the 4 million voters who responded.
Not including power outages, holiday gatherings, or vacations in Wifi dead zones, how many people still play Monopoly, or any board game ?
Maybe the votes reflect a bit of nostalgia for a simpler game and a simpler time.
There was just enough interest to encourage the public vote on a new token piece, to be announced on March 19.