February 6, 2013
Today will be the end of the shoe, wheelbarrow or iron in the classic Monopoly game. Fans voted late Tuesday in a contest to decide which token to eliminate and which piece to replace it with.
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 latest changes mark the first time fans have had a say on which piece to add and which one to toss. Fans from more than 120 countries have voted.
The voting on Facebook closed just before midnight Tuesday. Hasbro Inc. will announce the new piece Wednesday morning.
The new addition will be a robot, diamond ring, cat, helicopter or guitar.
The eight tokens are an iron, racecar, Scottie dog, a shoe, thimble, top hat, wheelbarrow and battleship.
Versions of Monopoly with the new token will come out later this year.