Monopoly Board Game to Replace ‘Community Chest’ Cards With Contemporary Additions
By Movieguide® Staff
Hasbro recently announced that Monopoly, the popular family board game for nearly 85 years, will change its outdated “Community Chest” cards.
Hasbro said that they want to do away with the older prompts such as winning a “beauty contest,” receiving a “tax refund,” and the “bank error in your favor,” and replace them with more charitable acts of kindness.
“Since Monopoly became a household name more than 85 years ago, the world has changed and embraced a new sense of community — particularly after the unprecedented year of 2020,” Anne Leonhardi, a marketing director at Hasbro, said. “With community being more important than ever before, this year is the perfect time to give fans across the country the chance to show what community means to them through voting on the new set of Community Chest cards.
Some of the new cards, which the company has let customers vote on, will now reward players for “shopping local all week,” and other community-based acts.
The new categories to be voted on by future players also include rewards for players who donate blood or be good friends.
Part of HasbroSpotlight’s statement reads:
Covering topics like beauty contests, holiday funds, and life insurance, there is no denying the Monopoly game’s Community Chest Cards are long overdue for a refresh. And, coming out of the tumultuous year of 2020, the term “community” has taken on a whole new meaning. Hasbro is counting on their fans to help reflect what community means in their real lives, into the Monopoly game, by voting for new cards like “Shop Local”, “Rescue A Puppy” or “Help Your Neighbors.”
While many of the changes appear to be positive, they come on the heels of their announcement of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head products’ rebranding.
Movieguide® previously reported:
Hasbro announced that the classic Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head toy would be rebranded to the gender-neutral “Potato Head” toy line.
Hasbro said that while the rebrand will affect their Mr. Potato Head brand, the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters will retain their names.
“While we’re renaming the Mr. Potato Head brand to Potato Head to better reflect the full line, the iconic Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters aren’t going anywhere and will remain Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head,” Hasbro clarified via Twitter.