Monopoly has announced that one previously retired token will return to Monopoly sets. A current token would be dropped to make room. The decision is being taken via an online poll – https://www.monopolytokenvote.com/
This is the third time that Hasbro has freshened up the token line-up through an online poll – 2013 and 2017 were the last two events. These ballots saw the Iron, Boot, Thimble and Wheelbarrow replaced by the Cat, Penguin, T-Rex and Rubber Ducky.
Voting will last for three weeks and new editions of Monopoly (with the new token change) are expected to reach store shelves by 2023.
The list of tokens which could return sadly does not include the Cannon (Howitzer) which was dropped in 2008 despite appearing on the first social media teaser. However, the USA exclusive Money Bag (1998 – 2007) is included and could therefore appear in standard Monopoly editions for the first time in the UK and Worldwide market.
The poll was initially teased on 19th March 2022 by Monopoly via Facebook. The post shows silhouettes of retired tokens.
The idea was once again teased on 25th April 2022 by showing the changes made during the 2017 Token Madness poll
The poll was officially launched on 28th April 2022
Six previously retired tokens are candidates for return:
- Wheelbarrow (retired: 2017)
- Thimble (retired: 2017)
- Iron (retired: 2013)
- Horse & Rider (retired: 2008)
- Boot (retired: 2017)
- Money Bag (USA only, retired: 2008)
All current eight tokens are candidates for retirement:
- Scottie (Dog)
- Hazel (Cat)
- Rubber Ducky
- Top Hat
- Race Car
One token must be selected for return, and one token must be selected for removal. It appears that it is not limited to one vote per person, with unlimited votes possible.