Is Monopoly Losing Its Identity?

2017 New Monopoly Tokens

Monopoly is replacing old tokens with brand new tokens, but does it make sense?

Beginning this Fall 2017, Monopoly, the fast-dealing property trading game, will be eliminating three iconic game tokens – the thimble, wheelbarrow, and the boot from the game. These pieces have been a part of the iconic board game since its inception in 1937.

Last month Hasbro officially retired the thimble to disappointment and confusion among longtime fans of the popular board game. Understandably, some younger players are confused because they have not the slightest clue what a thimble is used for. However, they may be stoked about the newest tokens.

In January 2017, voters decided on the tokens they would like to see featured in the latest version of the Monopoly game. The three new tokens will be a T-Rex, penguin, and a rubber ducky. These three tokens will replace the thimble, wheelbarrow, and boot.

The board game is about strategic resource management and the fast-paced world of industry. However, the new tokens appear to be moving away from this original premise. It is difficult to explain how a T-Rex dinosaur fits in with buying a bunch of properties for a ton of cash.

Sure, young children will love dinosaurs, penguins, and rubber duckies. But does it really make sense for this iconic game given its original premise? It seems as though Hasbro is moving Monopoly away from its roots in an attempt to appeal to young children and in the process Monopoly is unfortunately losing its true identity. Monopoly ranks among the best family board games of all-time. Do you think this decision will impact its overall ranking?

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