I haven’t played a game of Monopoly in quite some time and was amazed at my surprise reaction to Hasbro’s “Save Your Token” campaign they kicked off today. After 80 years, they are retiring the racecar, iron, Scottie dog, wheelbarrow, shoe, top hat, thimble or battleship. The piece with the least amount of votes will be replaced by one of Monopoly’s newly proposed tokens: a toy robot, helicopter, cat, guitar or diamond ring.
As a kid I loved Monopoly (and every other game out there), was always the banker and my token of choice was the dog. When I played with my own children, I was usually stuck with the thimble or wheelbarrow, as my beloved dog was fought over by my girls.
Every Christmas, Santa was known to leave a board game for the family, even to this day. When Kim and I took the kids camping, the first couple days into the vacation had us heading to the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City and the Geared for Games toy store, looking for a board game. Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Yahtzee, Mexican Train dominoes, Sorry, Life, and cards, were just a few of the games we played through the years. We even brought Twister to the campsite, but dirt and rocks made the game a little messy.
My daughter is still home from college for the holidays, so maybe I’ll dust off the Monopoly game tonight and see if I can get her to play for old nostalgia sake. Or we’ll just fire up the iPad for a round of Angry Birds or Words with Friends.
What token represented you as a kid?