Monopoly Reveals New Game Tokens

(PCM) The results of the online poll have been tallied and Hasbro has revealed three new game tokens will be introduced to their classic Monopoly board game. This news means that we have lost three classic tokens as well.

The wheelbarrow, boot and thimble tokens will now be replaced with a T-Rex, rubber ducky and penguin token in all future versions of the game. In a press release announcing the new tokens Hasbro says, “Fans across the globe have spoken, and the eight tokens set to ‘pass GO’ in the next generation of the Monopoly game are the Scottie dog, top hat, car, battleship, cat, T-Rex, rubber ducky and penguin tokens”.

There was an insane amount of voters who took part in the online poll, as there are Monopoly fans young and old all over the globe and over 4.3 million people voted in the “Token Madness” campaign. Hasbro went on to say, “The next generation of tokens clearly represents the interests of our fans around the world and we’re proud to have our iconic game impacted by the people that feel most passionate about playing it.”

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The Transformers – The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition Review – Its Got the Touch

It has been 30 years since the best and most tearjerking Transformers movie was made. Thanks to Shout! Factory and Hasbro, the animated film is back with a special 30th anniversary edition. There’s three different versions of The Transformers – The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition; a two-disc steelbook, a two-disc Blu-ray and a DVD. The version I will be reviewing here is the two-disc Blu-ray version.

7121_tnThe first time I seen The Transformers – The Movie was about five or six years ago. Yeah, I know I was a bit late. A friend let me borrow his copy and the quality wasn’t that great. This time around, it was the best quality that it could possibly be. The film is 1080p HD Widescreen  (1.85.1) and full frame (1.33.1). That’s right! The Blu-ray version includes a widescreen version of the film on one disc and a full from version on the other disc (also includes a digital copy). For those that are all about the nostalgia, don’t worry, even with the amazing quality the nostalgia is still there, especially with the heavy synth inspired soundtrack that includes a song by “Weird Al” Yankovic.

This animated film has all of your favorite Transformers but I do have to warn you that some of your favorites don’t last too long and this is why it’s the saddest Transformers movie out there. I’m about to go into spoiler territory for a 30 year old film…

You were warned!

During the first few minutes of the film, there’s an all out war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. The Autobots are all essentially wiped out even the leader himself, Optimus Prime. Now I wasn’t alive when The Transformers – The Movie was first released but I can only imagine how Transformers fans all over the world felt when they witnessed that shocking and heartbreaking scene. Years later, I’m still shocked that writer Ron Friedman, chose to actually kill off the most known character of the franchise.

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There’s action on top of action in this film but it still manages to get a story across. Here’s the official synopsis:

The AUTOBOTS, led by the heroic OPTIMUS PRIME, prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil forces of MEGATRON and the DECEPTICONS. Unknown to both sides, a menacing force is heading their way – UNICRON. The only hope of stopping UNICRON lies within the Matrix of Leadership and the AUTOBOT who can rise up and use its power to light their darkest hour. Will the AUTOBOTS be able to save their native planet from destruction or will the DECEPTICONS reign supreme?

Where things get a bit jumbled up is with all of the new characters that this film introduced. Though the characters in the film are voiced by some huge names like Orson Wells, Leonard Nemoy, Robert Stack, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson and Scatman Crothers, it can take some time to remember the names of some of the newer additions. The reason why Friedman decided to wipe out all of the beloved Transformers is because Hasbro made only made this film so they could release the next series of Transformers toys. Out with the old in with the new would be an understatement. This was explained in the very in-depth documentary that is included in the bonus features, “Til All Are One.

The bonus features is what gives this 30th anniversary edition the power.

The Transformers bonus features are everything a life-long Transformers fan could want. The “Til All Are One” documentary gives you all the behind-the-scenes info about the film with interviews from some of the cast and crew. The documentary alone is about an hour in length (I’m not sure on exact time). Along with that you get info about the way the animation was done to even how the classic soundtrack was put together. Also included with the bonus features are audio commentary with directer Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille and voice actress Susan Blu who provides the voice for Arcee; you get animated storyboards and the original trailer and tv spots. They are all great bonus features.

I was very happy with this 30th anniversary edition of The Transformers – The Movie. Though the movie obviously is a product of the 80’s it still holds up today. There’s a great story, lots of action and even shocking moments and the cast was great. You obviously can’t go wrong with this one.

I would give The Transformers – The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray an 8.5 out of 10.

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Play Money Being Replaced By Real Money In Some French Monopoly Sets

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(PCM) In France, as a way to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the popular board game Monopoly, manufacturers are replacing the play money in the game with real money in the form of euros.

Eighty game sets will contain actual money. Ten of the sets will include five 20-euro notes, two 50-euro notes, and one 100-euro note. Another sixty-nine sets will include five 10-euro notes and five 20-euro notes.

The grand prize winning set will actually have all of the play money replaced with real money which equals out to the amount of $20,580 euros. We bet the lucky individual that gets that set will be thanking Uncle Pennybags all the way to the bank!

The game sets began rolling out to stores, only in France, earlier this week. CNN contacted Monopoly manufacturer Hasbro to ask whether or not we could be seeing any of the real money Monopoly sets released here in The States to celebrate the 80th anniversary, however they had not yet received a reply.

Some fun Monopoly facts to celebrate 80 years:

  •  The longest Monopoly game in history lasted for 70 days straight
  • Over 275 million sets have been sold worldwide. The game is available in 111 countries and in 43 different languages.
  • The character locked behind bars is named Jake the Jailbird and he was locked up by Officer Edgar Mallory.
  • Since 1935, over 1 billion people have played the game
  • San Francisco jeweler Sidney Mobell created the most expensive Monopoly board valued at over 2 million dollars.

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