Thimble playing piece dropped from new Monopoly game

16/02/17

Monopoly playing pieces

The classic Monopoly playing piece the thimble is being dropped in a new version of the board game.

It lost out to pieces such as the Scottie dog, the car and the hat in a worldwide public vote over which tokens to save.

The thimble has been a staple of Monopoly boards around the world since the game was launched back in 1935.

It's the second time a piece has been removed from play following public consultation.

The iron made way for a cat back in 2013.

The remaining pieces, including a battleship and a boot, all trace their roots back to the Great Depression.

Thimbles are used to prevent pricking a thumb with a sharp needle while sewing.

Range of Monopoly playing pieces

Along with voting out the thimble, members of the public were offered the choice of which new playing piece to introduce.

The winner of that poll will be announced next month.

Choices included a hashtag, an emoji, a flip-flop and a rubber duck.

Games featuring the new piece will be available in August 2017.

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