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Cat defeats diamond ring, guitar, toy robot & helicopter

new-monopoly-pieces

Yes, it’s MONOPOLY.

Monopoly’s iconic tokens are said to have originated when the niece of game creator Charles Darrow suggested using charms from her charm bracelet for tokens. The game is based on the streets of Atlantic City, N.J., and has sold more than 275 million units worldwide.   Go to the  MONOPOLY WIKI   to read about the fascinating history of Monopoly.   I played the English / London edition although, because I live in Australia and that is the edition that we bought here.

Out with the Iron and in with the Cat.

A vote was held this year to replace the good old Iron.  The cat defeated the diamond ring, a guitar, a toy robot, and the helicopter to find itself among the lot.  THIS   page here has pictures of all the charms / tokens to date and a history of retirement of old pieces and introducement of new pieces.    Sadly, for those who loved the IRON, it has been retired and replaced with the silver cat.   As someone who loved the iron, and secretly thought the Wheelbarrow should have been replaced with the Cat, I had to concede that the Cat had a place in Monopoly.   Those outraged that a Cat had been chosen should know that cats have “nine lives”.

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