The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror – Collector’s Edition Monopoly is a very popular and therefore valuable Monopoly. It appears to have had a low print run and therefore genuine editions regularly fetch high prices – over £20 on eBay.
However, due to its value and popularity, it is also a common fake! Many editions were made in China, unofficially. These are often low quality as they are not produced by Hasbro. The following photos are taken from the common counterfeit The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror – Collector’s Edition Monopoly, which was initially purchased from eBay.
Signs of being a fake Monopoly Simpsons – Treehouse of Horror:
Firstly, the board is of low quality. Here, the board folds the wrong way – the inside of the game board should be protected when folded, whereas here the game board is on the outside. Also, the board itself is very thin.
The ‘Fate’ & ‘Trick or Treat’ Cards (Chance & Community Chest replacements) were all printed on sheets of card and ‘popped out’. This can be seen above on this Fate card. The contents of the card is not centred with the text almost overrunning the card.
The box lid is also folded as shown above. The lid is also very glossy instead of the usual feel.
The ’20th Century Fox’ and ‘USAopoly’ logo have not been printed on the reverse of the box. Only the Hasbro logo remains. The rest of the back of the box is normal.
The barcode has ‘MADE IN CHINA’ added, whereas the real Monopoly Simpsons – Treehouse of Horror was not.
An apostrophe is missing from the side of the box – ‘Collector’s Edition’
Overall, the quality is low and it is clear that something is not right with this counterfeit and fake Monopoly Simpsons – Treehouse of Horror. However, these are the easiest signs to identify the difference.
The houses and hotels should also be green and red – not blue!