Hasbro and Panini have revealed MONOPOLY PRIZM – a board game & trading card crossover due for launch 16 April 2023, initially time-exclusive to Target, with a full release on 1 August 2023. The game is expected to be a North American exclusive.
MONOPOLY Prizm makes use of Panini’s license to make Trading Cards for the NBA. The board game itself includes a Starter Pack and 2 ‘Prizm’ Packs. Individual MONOPOLY Prizm packs will be sold separately. It has been stated that this venture comes after two years of design and planning.
Players act as their favourite NBA basketball coach as they seek to recruit players to take control of NBA games and collect points. The base set is comprised of 90 cards of some of NBA’s Star Players and Top Rookies. Special and Rare MONOPOLY Prizm inserts and Monopoly Boardwalk parallels can be found in Monopoly Prizm: NBA Booster Boxes – specifically designed to enhance gameplay.
The three main mechanics of the board game itself are Drafting, Trading and Competing.
Players Draft their squad of NBA player Prizm cards. Players then Trade cards to build and improve their squad. Finally, players Compete in 1:1 matches to win All-Star Cards (which occurs as the player passes GO). Instead of buying properties, players try to control NBA games and collect ‘rent’ of bonus points when opposition players lands on them. To earn further points, players compare the states of their Prizm cards when competing in ‘Playmaker Challenges’ and ‘All-Star Contests’. The winner is the coach with the most points.
“Based on fan insights, we noticed a unique crossover opportunity between individuals who love classic gameplay and card collecting, which ultimately lit the spark to create and bring this innovative trading card element to Monopoly, We’re ecstatic to have partnered with Panini, one of the top sports card companies, to power this new Monopoly edition through the utilization of authentic trading cards, real player statistics, and collectible card packs to expand the game.” – Adam Biehl, SVP & General Manager, Hasbro Gaming
This would also be MONOPOLY’s first Crossover game since the 2019 MONOPOLY JENGA game
The Thimble will be returning to the Monopoly token line-up from Autumn 2022 (2023 in most international markets). The Thimble was one of the six original tokens from the 1936 UK debut of Monopoly, and was removed during the 2017 Token Madness vote – along with the Wheelbarrow and Boot.
However, this news has come at the expense of the T-Rex token, which has been officially retired. The T-Rex was one of three new tokens introduced in 2017, which also welcomed the Penguin and Rubber Duck. Spending just five years in classic Monopoly sets, it now has the shortest appearance of all the standard tokens.
The 2022 Throwback Token Vote ran for almost a month, and gave Monopoly fans the chance to bring back one previously retired token in the place of a token in the current line-up. The Thimble, Wheelbarrow, Iron, Horse & Rider, Boot or the USA exclusive Money Bag were the candidates for return. This is the third global vote – after the 2013 and 2017 events.
The official Monopoly Instagram account appeared to reveal this would become an annual event – “It’s our annual Token Vote”, however the post has since been edited to remove all mentions of ‘annual’, although one reply remains indicating that another token vote could be returning next year.
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.