Emoji? Bunny? The next generation Monopoly token? You decide

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HASBRO - Mr. Monopoly in the Hasbro showroom on Monday, Feb 16, 2015, to celebrate the Monopoly brand’s 80th anniversary during the North American International Toy Fair in New York. Since its debut in 1935, the Monopoly brand has captivated more than 1 billion players in 114 countries around the world with its top hats, tokens, Chance Cards, and the thrill of passing GO! In 2015, Hasbro will celebrate the Monopoly brand’s 80th anniversary by offering fans multiple ways to experience the world’s favorite family gaming brand including new products, entertainment and events.  (Photo by Matt Peyton/Invision for Hasbro/AP Images)
Mr. Monopoly in the Hasbro showroom on Monday, Feb 16, 2015, to celebrate the Monopoly brand’s 80th anniversary during the North American International Toy Fair in New York.(Photo by Matt Peyton/Invision for Hasbro/AP Images)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hashtags, emojis and even a rubber duck may replace dogs, cats and hats in an upcoming version of the Monopoly board game.

Hasbro Inc. began a worldwide contest Tuesday to let people choose the eight tokens to be included in the next generation of the property acquisition game, based on the real-life streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Longtime staples of the game including the hat, the Scottie dog and the wheelbarrow could see themselves replaced by a winking emoji, a hashtag, a clunky ’80s-style cellphone, or a pair of bunny slippers.

Voting runs through Jan. 31 at www.VoteMonopoly.com . The Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based company will announce the results March 19.

The version of the game with the new fan-picked tokens will go on sale in August.

 

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