For anyone who has ever begrudged that the board game Monopoly has a dog token but not a cat, today is your day.
Hasbro, maker of the 80-year-old classic game, has announced after an online vote that the iron token is out — and the cat is in.
'We put five new tokens out for our fans to vote on and there were a lot of fans of the many different tokens, but I think there were a lot of cat lovers in the world that reached out and voted for the cat to be the new token for Monopoly," said Jonathan Berkowitz, vice president for Hasbro gaming marketing.
More than 10 million people took part in the campaign, which allowed people to "Like" a certain token via Facebook. Not surprisingly, dog lovers overwhelmingly gave the most support (29 percent) to Scottie dog — with other standards such as the race car, a shoe, thimble, top hat, wheelbarrow and battleship all safe. The cat token (with 31 percent) beat out such contenders as a robot, diamond ring, helicopter and guitar.
"The initiative was intended to ensure that a game created nearly eight decades ago remains relevant and engaging to fans today," Berkowitz said. 'Tokens are always a key part of the Monopoly game ... and our fans are very passionate about their tokens, about which token they use while they play."
Of course, not everyone was thrilled with the elimination of the iron.
"Why did the iron have to go at the expense of adding another piece?" wrote one commenter on The NY Times. "Would it have now taken such an amount from the profit margin to have kept it in? In a culture where limitations on consumption seem few if any, the replacement scheme appears to be more of a marketing move than anything else. Sad."
Check out Monopoly's cute reveal of the new cat token in the video below.
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