The new cat token for Monopoly. REUTERS/Hasbro, Inc
Monopoly fans have voted to make a cat the newest token
in the popular board game, replacing the not-so-hot iron,
toymaker Hasbro Inc says.
After a month-long online vote in 185 countries, the iron was
ousted by the cat, which will become the newest token in the
classic game after winning 31 percent of the vote.
"While we're a bit sad to see the iron go, the cat token is a
fantastic choice by the fans and we have no doubt it will
become just as iconic as the original tokens," Eric Nyman,
senior vice president and global brand leader for Hasbro
Gaming, said in a statement.
With just 8 percent of the vote, the iron was the least
popular of the eight tokens that also include the race car,
top hat, wheelbarrow, battleship, shoe, thimble and Scottie
Hasbro said the iron, which has been in the game since the
1930s, will be eliminated in new editions that arrive in
stores later this year.
In addition to getting rid of an existing token, fans also
voted on which new one to include. The cat clawed its way
past a toy robot, guitar, helicopter and diamond ring.
In the popular property game launched in the 1930s, players
try to get rich by buying, renting and trading properties.
The game, which according to Hasbro has been played by more
than a billion people, is sold in 111 countries and available
in 43 languages and a digital version.
Hasbro said it will also issue a special edition with
gold-colored versions of the eight classic tokens and the
five tokens included in the online vote.