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Monopoly Iron Ousted, New Token Chosen

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Scottie dog has a new nemesis after Monopoly fans voted to add a cat to the game and eliminate the iron token. Toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced the changes Wednesday, hours after voting on Facebook closed, marking the first time that fans had a say on which token to eliminate and which piece to replace it. The eight tokens identify the players and have changed quite a lot since Parker Brothers bought the game from its original designer in 1935.
 
The online contest to change the tokens was sparked by chatter on Facebook, where Monopoly has more than 10 million fans. The iron, wheelbarrow and shoe were neck and neck for elimination in the final hours of voting. Rhode Island-based Hasbro says fans from more than 120 countries voted in the Save Your Token Campaign.
 
The cat token won out over a robot, diamond ring, helicopter or guitar. It will join the racecar, Scottie dog, a shoe, thimble, top hat, wheelbarrow and battleship. Most of the pieces were introduced with the first Parker Brothers iteration of the game in 1935, and the Scottie dog and wheelbarrow were added in the early 1950s.
 
Versions of Monopoly with the new token will come out later this year.

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