One of the most iconic things about the board game Monopoly is the pieces. Some people (me) even refuse to play if their favorite piece (top hat) is taken by another player, but there’s about to be a shakeup in the roster. Hasbro is holding a vote for a new piece, but they’re also dumping the existing piece that gets the least support from fans. Things aren’t looking good for you, wheelbarrow, but the real tragedy of this story is that the pieces Hasbro is offering up as replacements are lame, so we’ve come up with some better suggestions.
Bookmakers at Paddy Power have the wheelbarrow with 4-5 odds to be the piece that gets ousted, and probably with good reason. Not a lot of people want to be represented by a wheelbarrow, unless maybe they work in construction or another wheelbarrow-related field, but, even then, wouldn’t they want to take a break from all that wheelbarrowing when they sit down to play a game?
The pieces being offered up as candidates to replace whichever piece gets voted out of the game are a toy robot, a diamond ring, a helicopter, a guitar, and a cat. The cat is a 13-8 odds-on favorite to win, but it’s not even Nyan Cat, or that grumpy cat. It’s just a regular old cat. Boring.
You can do better, Hasbro. Here are some suggestions for pieces that would be far more interesting that your silly little helicopter.
No. 1 | A Jetpack
Monopoly is all about money. Sure, a top hat and boat are great ways to show off your wealth, but there's no better way to show everyone how rich you are than by whizzing past them with a jetpack strapped to your back. A hoverboard would probably work just as well. (Image via Loren Javier)
No. 2 | Batarang
You know another great way to show how rich you are? Devote you multi-billion dollar fortune to wage a never-ending war on crime by taking up the mantle of the bat. Batman is crazy rich. You can't be as rich as Batman, but you can pretend to be by pushing a tiny batarang around a game board. (Image via JD Hancock)
No. 3 | A Bow Tie
Monopoly should have a bow tie now. Bow ties are cool. (Image via The BBC)
No. 4 | This Gold Shirt
I defy you to name any shirt in the history of shirts that better represents a person trying to show off their money than this gold shirt.
No. 5 | A Handlebar Mustache
Whether worn with sincerity or donned with irony, handlebar mustaches are a perfect way to show the world that you're an eccentric millionaire. That should be represented out there on Monopoly's field of battle. Even the Monopoly guy himself has a pretty sweet 'stache. (Image via meaganmakes)
No. 6 | Converse All Stars
Yes, there's already a shoe in Monopoly, but it's a beat up old Charlie Chaplin shoe. Why not update it to my shoe of choice, the Chuck Taylor All Star? (Image via pure9)
No. 7 | Downton Abbey
Is there a more posh representation of wealth than Downton Abbey? If there is, I can't think of it. That's why I think there should be a tiny die cast replica of Highclere Castle included in Monopoly sets. Either that or one of the Dowager Countess' hats. Or Lord Grantham's dog. Please just make Downton Abbey Monopoly. (Image via Bas Sijpkes)
No. 8 | Cthulhu
At it's core, Monopoly is about conquering Atlantic City, and dominating your friends. Who better to conquer and dominate than the great Cthulhu himself? There should also be a rule change so whoever gets to be the Cthulhu pieces gets to go as many times as they want, and are allowed to knock the board over and declare victory at any time. You can't stop Cthulhu. (Image via Arlo Bats)
One last suggestion– switch out the toy robot for a real one.
If you’d like to vote on which Monopoly pieces stay and go you can head over the official voting page on Facebook.
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