Monopoly fans have spoken: In with the cat, out with the iron

February 6, 2013

The newest Monopoly token, a cat, will replace the iron token. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Of course the Internet picked the cat — when has it ever done anything else?

Hasbro announced today that the newest token in its classic Monopoly game will be a cat, replacing the iron that has been a game piece since Monopoly came out in 1935. Token-switching isn’t new — the game has had more than 20 regular tokens and 1,100 specialty tokens in its 78-year history, according to the fan site World of Monopoly — but this was the first time Hasbro crowd-sourced the choice.

Fans on Twitter and Facebook selected the cat over a robot, helicopter, guitar and diamond ring. Even so, that hasn’t stopped some on social media from griping about the winner.

But the cat, with its Internet zeitgeist, may have been the most appropriate choice. Monopoly’s tokens tend to reflect their eras: wooden pieces during World War II, when metal shortages were frequent; lanterns in the ‘30s, as electricity spread out from cities; a money bag in the late ‘90s edition, before the dot-com bust.

Who knows what this says about modern culture, but ironing’s out — and cats are in.

Here are a few suggestions for the new token, courtesy of Francesco Marciuliano, the writer behind the comic Sally Forth and the bestseller “I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats.”


By Francesco Marciuliano
Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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