Hasbro announced on Friday that they will be replacing three classic Monopoly pieces with a T-Rex, a rubber ducky, and a penguin, saying “the next generation of tokens clearly represents the interests of our fans around the world.”
Dinosaurs, bathtub toys, and flightless birds are apparently of more interest to worldwide Monopoly players than their predecessors: archetypes of the working class.
The thimble, boot and wheelbarrow will be retired before the next Monopoly edition ships in August.
Monopoly is a game about making money. So it’s no surprise that so many of its classic tokens represented hard work.
The boot and the thimble, traditional pieces since the game’s beginnings in 1933, kept their 30’s design for decades. The boot modeled a typical 30’s work shoe and both pieces symbolized hard work because work, to the game’s creators, is inevitably tied up with making money.
The wheelbarrow was added in the 1950s to represent a tool for building. After all, hotels do need to be built.
Work has been eradicated from the game, apparently because of popular international opinion.
From The Washington Times:
The game maker asked fans in January to pick the eight pieces to be included in the next version of Monopoly and announced the results Friday after calculating more than 4 million votes.
[…] A T-Rex, rubber ducky and penguin token will make their Monopoly debut in their place, according to the company, and will appear alongside five previously introduced pieces spanning the game’s nearly century-old history.
In addition to the three newest tokens, the next edition of Monopoly will be shipped with game pieces resembling a Scottie dog, a top hat, a race car, a battleship and a cat.
More than 4.3 million voters from 146 countries participated picked the eight winning game pieces from a pool of dozens of potential tokens, Hasbro said.
“The next generation of tokens clearly represents the interests of our fans around the world and we’re proud to have our iconic game impacted by the people that feel most passionate about playing it,” said Jonathan Berkowitz, Hasbro’s senior vice president of marketing.
It’s important to note here that the millions of votes cast from 146 countries were not cast for which tokens to eliminate, but for which ones to keep. Pieces that represent work simply didn’t come to mind for most fans of a game about prosperity.
That’s where the trouble is.
Attitudes about money have changed. What were once privileges have increasingly become seen as entitlements. An employer helping to pay for employee health insurance isn’t a nicety but a must, and if certain things aren’t covered, it’s an outrage.
A good paying job with paid time off and smaller weekly working hours shouldn’t be a goal to Monopoly’s “next generation.” For those who insist on a high minimum wage after the rest of us had to advance and those who trumpet praise for Norway’s federally regulated 30 hour work week, work shouldn’t have anything to do with success.
And yet, America had its own vote before Hasbro’s, and America voted for Trump.
Liberals on the campaign went the way of the rubber ducky, thinking the endorsement of celebrity performers meant more to this country than the promise of better industry.
Americans, however, were more concerned with increasing manufacturing and bringing back jobs. The work boot and the wheelbarrow have not been forgotten, though they have been pushed to the back of many young minds.
American voters didn’t buy the liberal message that government, and not the efforts of each individual, will make America great again, and that’s why Trump won.