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Monopoly is ditching the thimble,
a token of the past

PBS, by Michael Rios

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Posted By:Jennie C., 2/17/2017 8:37:50 AM

It’s game over for Monopoly’s iconic thimble token. Hasbro, Inc. announced the classic game piece will not be part of an updated version of the board game. In January, the company launched a worldwide vote, asking fans to pick eight tokens to be included in the next generation of the game. Fans were allowed to choose from more than 50 game pieces, including current and new tokens.

This is a little sad. I liked the thimble. Never was fond of the iron (replaced by a cat), because it was too hard to see on the board. The battleship is a little hard to see too.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 2/17/2017 8:55:17 AM     (No. 11159263)

No offense to the OP but these stories have always been cynical PR meant to garner free media coverage, similar to Budweiser´s temporary renaming etc.

The ´outrage´ and ´controversy´ are inevitably false but fill column inches even as they leave minds empty.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Annalucia, 2/17/2017 8:59:37 AM     (No. 11159268)

First of all, many thanks for an article that has nothing to do with politics.

My Monopoly set is maybe 15-20 years old, so it still has the iron and the thimble. So many of the pieces are, literally, period pieces - you don´t see top hats anymore, or those long-bodied cars. Those, along with rents which look shockingly low these days ($2 rent on one of the properties?) are part of its charm, and I hope they don´t update all the charm away.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/17/2017 9:01:34 AM     (No. 11159272)

Why the complaint, #1? AP has this story, as does Fox. It´s news and it´s fun and I thank the OP for putting it up.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/17/2017 9:11:44 AM     (No. 11159286)

Hmmm, what could it be?? A rainbow? A scimitar? A crescent moon? An AK-47? A Quran book?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Newtsche, 2/17/2017 9:11:53 AM     (No. 11159287)

Did anyone anywhere ever want to be the shoe?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: daisymay, 2/17/2017 9:17:01 AM     (No. 11159299)

I always grabbed the Thimble. It was my favorite. Sad to see it go by the wayside! Hang on to those old sets. I would bet you could go to a Resale shop and find one.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: varkdriver, 2/17/2017 9:22:48 AM     (No. 11159311)

#4: I wanna be the Burkha!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: thelmalou, 2/17/2017 9:50:36 AM     (No. 11159351)

I always choose the thimble or the wheelbarrow when we play with our 50+yo game. Perhaps because old-time needlework and gardening are two of my favorite things?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: zeldafitzg, 2/17/2017 10:10:54 AM     (No. 11159379)

A thimble is still in use at my house!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/17/2017 10:13:14 AM     (No. 11159382)

Put a point on it and bill it as the ´dunce hat´ for Libs!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 2/17/2017 10:49:48 AM     (No. 11159462)

In a desperate attempt to make the game more appealing to Millennials, Hasbro is considering replacing the outdated thimble with either an inflated condom or a marijuana bong. (Hey, I can invent fake news, too!)

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Reply 12 - Posted by: TXspyder, 2/17/2017 11:07:30 AM     (No. 11159498)

Rainbow colored snowflake. (Too late to vote)

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Reply 13 - Posted by: kono, 2/17/2017 11:08:56 AM     (No. 11159499)

Maybe they´re making room for the pussy hat.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Thomas Hawkins, 2/17/2017 11:12:10 AM     (No. 11159506)

Thimble is a symbol for thrift

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Reply 15 - Posted by: garyhope, 2/17/2017 11:57:45 AM     (No. 11159558)

Finally some important news.
I like the thimble. My mom was a great seamstress. She made great and perfectly sewn clothes for herself and me. A talented, hardworking woman and mother.

There are people who collect thimbles. They come in many different styles and metals. Some in gold and and sterling. The thimble represents self reliance and craftsmanship. A good thing.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/17/2017 12:13:58 PM     (No. 11159581)

I´m glad I still have a virginal copy of Monopoly.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/17/2017 12:40:30 PM     (No. 11159620)

As a woman and a professional embroidery designer I find this to be completely sexist. Does Hasbro not have any idea how many quilters there are in the country? Not to mention those who still make their own clothing. Perhaps they should pay a visit to Joann Fabrics on a Saturday.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: retiree, 2/17/2017 1:34:15 PM     (No. 11159676)

I have a set that is maybe 45-50 years old. Hasn´t been played in years. May be worth something someday, long after I am gone.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 2/18/2017 7:18:58 PM     (No. 11161340)

Yet another sign of the decline of Western Civilization. Is nothing sacred? Sigh.

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