in january this year, MONOPOLY made public the weighty decision of voting out three of the original metal tokens in favor of three new designs. the result of the global vote sees the outing of the iconic wheelbarrow token, along with saying ‘sew’-long to the thimble and booting the boot out of the eight-piece line up. to coincide with the annual world MONOPOLY day on 19th march, the brand introduced its three newcomers: a t-rex, a penguin, and a simple-but-sweet rubber ducky token.

MONOPOLY’s three new tokens all take animal form



during the MONOPOLY token madness vote which took place in january, fans were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite designs from a selection of 56 new prototypes. the monumental campaign drew more then 4.3 million votes, and makes history as the game’s biggest fan-powered program to date. among the potential new pieces were futuristic designs such as a wink-face emoji, a thumbs up and a flip-flop, yet fans voted largely for more traditional pieces. MONOPOLY enthusiasts chose to save the classic car token, top hat, cat and battleship pieces, whilst the scottie dog token first introduced in the 50’s took first place as the most popular design, followed closely by the new t-rex prototype.

a selection of the new piece prototype designs included in the vote



the first version of the traditional board game to include the new line up of pieces will hit the shelves this fall, but fans can already buy a special edition set which includes both the eight traditional tokens alongside eight of the new prototypes. this is not the first time MONOPOLY have chosen to shake up their line-up—back in 2013, the iconic iron was dismissed in favor of a cat token. it may seem like a drastic change to the good old-fashioned boardgame, but at least traditionalists can be happy that neither the hashtag or the computer made the cut.monoply-new-pieces-designboom-03-20-2017-818-003
the eight original monopoly pieces
the traditional line-up alongside a selection of the new prototypes is available with the MONOPOLY token madness edition

the rubber duck piece came in fifth in the overall vote


the t-rex was the most popular new prototype, ranking in second below the scotty dog

the new england aquarium backed the pengiun piece in the vote

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

     (3 articles)

    design news