A Monopoly piece must go

amNewYorkJanuary 11, 2013 

One of the iconic metal game pieces from Monopoly will soon get a fate worse then going directly to jail. It will be dropped from the game and replaced by a new piece.

Hasbro, which makes Monopoly, is offering fans a chance to vote to save their favorite piece from extinction. Visit Facebook.com/monopoly before Feb. 5 to vote for the piece nearest and dearest to your heart.

You will also get to vote for the new piece. The offerings are a cat, diamond ring, guitar, robot and helicopter.

To help you choose which piece to drop, we've gone piece by piece and made the case for and against each.

Race car: The game wouldn't be the same if you couldn't race your way around the board, but a race car gets terrible gas mileage and its carbon footprint is very high. This is not the piece for a more environmentally aware era.

Top hat: Obviously, it's a symbol of the game since it adorns the head of Mr. Monopoly. But who wears a top hat these days?

Wheelbarrow: Umm ... if you want to carry things on a farm, you really can't go wrong with a wheelbarrow. But have you ever been to Atlantic City? It's not exactly farm country. This is our choice to be removed.

Thimble: It's easy to hold and something that people still use. But it's not actually thimble-sized. If we can't wear it on our fingers, we're not interested.

Battleship: It's the most intimidating piece and the ultimate weapon in real-estate domination. But with all this talk of cutting military spending, there simply may not be a place for the battleship on the board anymore.

Scottie dog: It's an adorable, reliable piece and a fan favorite, and we can't imagine the game without it. But cat lovers could pull a major coup by voting Scottie out and voting in the cuddly cat as the newest piece.

Shoe: The only piece that lets you literally stomp all over your friends as you take their money and land. But its style is outdated and passe, and it's starting to get a little stinky.

Iron: Players have been flattening the competition (sorry) with this piece since the 1930s, and it still holds up today. But it's not the most exciting piece in the game.

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