Posted by: Jeremiah Graves | February 6, 2013

Hello Kitty: Monopoly Gets a Mew Token

Hello Kitty

I haven’t played Monopoly in well over a decade.

Even when I did play, I was always a pain in the ass and refused to use any of the existing game pieces, because I thought they kinda sucked.

I mean seriously, there was the race car and then the dog that didn’t totally blow, but they were always taken by someone else. After those two it was pretty much all garbage.

Look at the options:

Top hat? Riiiiiiiiiiight, that sounds like fun.
Shoe? Oh I’m sorry, was “stick” not an option.
Thimble? Pffffffffffffttttttt…
Wheelbarrow? Do I look like a day laborer?
Iron? Bitch please.

For the longest time, I’d take a baseball player token from this baseball checkers set I had and use that dude instead of wasting my time on any of the lame pieces.

Starting today, however, I no longer have to worry about finding ancillary pieces because the folks at Hasbro are making a change. Following an online vote on Facebook that allowed users to determine which piece stayed and which one was eliminated, it’s out with the iron and in with a kitty!

Here’s the news from the New York Post:

Scottie dog has a new nemesis in Monopoly after fans voted in an online contest to add a cat token to the property trading game, replacing the iron, toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday.

The results were announced after the shoe, wheelbarrow and iron were neck and neck for elimination in the final hours of voting that sparked passionate efforts by fans to save their favorite tokens, and by businesses eager to capitalize on publicity surrounding pieces that represent their products.

The vote on Facebook closed just before midnight on Tuesday, marking the first time that fans have had a say on which of the eight tokens to add and which one to toss.

So there you have it. In this permanent press, wrinkle-free world the iron is out the door and, unsurprisingly, the cat (read: the reason the internet was invented) is in.

I just might have to go out and play me some Monopoly.

(Blogger’s Note: Oh-so-help-me-God, if anyone calls dibs on the cat before me…I will end them! I will not get stuck pushing around a stupid wheelbarrow!!)


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