Go Directly to Jail, Little Token

When I have played Monopoly in the past, I have always reached for the iron as my token. I know for a fact I have never played with another token. I never came across another friend who just had to have the iron too, so I guess that was good because I wouldn’t have played. I guess when you find a right fit  you just have to go with that one each time. And the iron and I made our way around to pass Go many, many times. So, imagine the horror when I heard today that Hasbro, the maker of Monopoly, is going to send one of the little steel tokens to jail……and they can’t even pass Go first.

What a great marketing ploy. Hasbro has set up a Facebook page and is letting people vote for which token gets to stay and which one will replace it. I went to the site to see how this was going to unfold.  The choices to vote for are the car, thimble, shoe, dog, ship, hat, iron, and wheelbarrow. I wish we could vote for which one gets to go, but alas, we were only allowed to vote for which one we wanted to stay.

It’s funny, but I think baby boomers are going to feel the same way about this that I do. Oh, sure, in the whole scheme of things, I really don’t give a rat’s ass about the impending doom of one of the Monopoly tokens, but yet again, off I went to vote to save my beloved iron.

The options to replace the permanently jailed token are a helicopter, a diamond ring, a cat, a robot, or a guitar. I immediately voted for the diamond ring. It makes sense and goes with the game. What the hell does a robot or a guitar have to do with Monopoly? Ok, I guess an iron doesn’t make much sense either, but you know, whatever.

So, baby boomer friends of mine, what token did you use when you played Monopoly?





7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by NCMountainwoman on January 12, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I always wanted the iron too. I would settle for the thimble but I really liked the iron best. And I agree with you…the diamond ring seems a natural. I never quite understood the wheelbarrow. I loved how the various neighborhood kids had their own rules about free parking and such. We had tons of arguments about the made-up rules.


  2. I always liked the iron, too. Guess you and I can’t play together.


  3. Like you, I loved the little iron! Most of the time I spent ironing the table cloth on the dinning table instead of concentrating on playing the game, because I was the youngest in the family and had real difficulty keeping up with everyone else! I moved on to the little dog and the boot when I was a teenager, and won many games – so I must have been paying attention after all! I suppose they have to move on to keep the game relevant to today. But I’m not sure I’d bother to vote, I suspect it’s largely an advertising campaign!
    Suzy 😀


  4. Posted by Deb on January 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Always the dog.


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