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Monopoly axes the iron, introduces the cat

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The Scottie dog is about to have a new friend to chase around the Monopoly board.

Following a month-long nationwide vote from fans, Hasbro took to the Today show to announce that it will retire the iron from the game’s iconic pieces, replacing it with a cat.

While some fans were worried about the fate of beloved tokens like the pooch or the race car, neither was ever in much danger of being eliminated. (The Scottie dog, in fact, was the most popular token, with 29 percent of the vote to save it.) Hasbro says the boot, iron and wheelbarrow were always in the red zone with players.

In fact, all three tokens were virtually tied for last place until late Tuesday night, when iron haters pushed the appliance over the edge, sending it to jail without passing Go and without collecting $200. In the end, just 8 percent of voters wanted to save the iron.

Fans were presented with five replacement token options, including a helicopter, a diamond ring, a robot, a guitar, and a cat. But this is was an Internet vote -- the same Internet that can't seem to get enough of our feline friends.

In retrospect, the kitty was bound to win.

"We know that cat lovers around the world will be happy to welcome the new cat token into the Monopoly game," said Eric Nyman, senior vice president and global brand leader for Hasbro Gaming, in a statement. "While we're a bit sad to see the iron go, the cat token is a fantastic choice by the fans and we have no doubt it will become just as iconic as the original tokens."

All totaled, the cat captured 31 percent of the winning vote.

The cat will make its debut in the game in a version that’s expected to hit store shelves in mid- to late-2013. Loyalists will have one last chance to say goodbye, though, as Hasbro has also announced plans to release a “Golden Token Edition” later this year that will include all of the classic pieces as well as the five new tokens.

Once those games are gone, the iron will be relegated to the linen closet forever.

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