While I was busy with phone calls, it looks like Hasbro did some repealing and replacing of their own. I was completely oblivious to the voting that was going on to choose Monopoly game tokens, and I can hardly believe the results. The boot has been booted, along with the wheelbarrow, and the thimble. Personally, I'm okay playing without the boot and the wheelbarrow, but I always play as the thimble (and will continue to do so). The three old tokens have been replaced with a rubber ducky, T. rex, and penguin.
There were 4.3 million votes from 146 countries, so I guess I'll just have to live with the results, but I do have to wonder if they were rigged. Who wanted to keep the top hat and when did we get a cat as a Monopoly token?
Luckily, I have my childhood, taped-together, copyright 1961 version of the game, with all the classic tokens I grew up with. I'm pretty sure there are some Clue pieces mixed in (in the form of guns and a knife), but there is also a delightful pie and my beloved thimble.
If only healthcare was as easy to keep as my favorite Monopoly tokens.