An iron, purse, lantern, race car, thimble, shoe, top hat, battleship, cannon, and a rocking horse: Those were the ten original player tokens that came with Monopoly when it was first released in 1935. Since then, it has changed up its player pieces only a few times: in 1942, 1999, 2000, 2007, and 2013. Through thick and thin, one piece of Monopoly lore as remained consistent: the thimble. It’s been there for us, to protect our fingers while sewing and to mark our position on the board. now—The Associated Press reports—after 82 years in the sun, an era has come to an end: the thimble, along with the boot and wheelbarrow, no longer have a place in Monopoly.
Taking their place are three pieces that seem just fine, but it’s like when you want Coke but the restaurant only has Pepsi (or vice versa): What we’re getting is still good, but it’s just not the same. a T. rex, penguin, and rubber ducky are the newcomers—check them out, along with the other standard pieces:
They’re fine pieces, and although we miss the thimble, the people have spoken. The new pieces were decided through a fan vote, and 4.3 million ballots later, this is what we’re left with. Although it’s no longer canon, actual thimbles can’t cost more than a few cents, so for the Monopoly traditionalists, we say head to your nearest crafts store and keep the dream alive. But also, let’s be nice to our new friends. This is the most animal-heavy piece line-up we’ve ever had, and that sounds fine to us.