10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About… Monopoly

Whether you’re somewhat of a board gaming master, or you just like to wind away the odd rainy weekend, Monopoly is surely one of the top games in your collection. If not, it should be! With over a whopping 80 years of being sent to jail, playing a Community Chest card and building and empire, Monopoly has been a household staple and we’re sure it will be around for a long while yet.

To help celebrate this true retro icon and our latest range of Monopoly Merchandise which has just hit our site, we thought we would do some digging and sniff out some cool facts to share with you guys.

So! Without further ado, let us pass GO, collect £200 and let the fact finding begin! Enjoy…

1. As odd as it seems for such an iconic game, it was actually initially rejected by Parker Brothers for having ’52 fundamental errors’. These included game length and simply how complex it was. Mad huh.

2. The games mascot or ‘The Monopoly guy’ is actually called Rich Uncle Pennybags which was also the games original title.

3. The longest ever game of monopoly lasted over 70 days. That’s a lot of arguments and tea!

4. Mega bucks! In 1998, celebrated San Francisco jeweller Sidney Mobell created the most expensive Monopoly set in the world which was valued at a cool $2 million. It was made with a 23k gold-plated board and had tokens made with 18k yellow gold with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. As you do.

5. Weirdly, the origins of Charles Darrow’s game was an earlier game called ‘The Landlord’s Game’ which was created by Elizabeth Magie to help warn people about Monopolies. It was meant to show people the dangers or land grabbing and having single powerful entities.

6. Playing with a POW! To aid the war effort, special secret sets were created to help smuggle tools, maps, compasses, information etc into prisoner of war camps during WW2. Sneaky!

7. Because there’s always someone wanting to take it further, there is actually a Monopoly World Championships held every year. The top prize is a cool $20,580.

8. The character you can see in the jail square is called “Jake the Jailbird.”

9. Make money money money! As it turns out, Parker Brothers actually produce more currency per year than the US mint does!

10. Now it seems pretty insignificant to us these days, but back when this game was first released, you could pick up a set for around just $2!

So there we have them folks! Some pretty amazing (if not sometimes off) nuggets of information there huh. Certainly some you can bring out when you’re next playing to annoy impress your friends or family huh!

Know any other cool Monopoly facts? Shout them out below. If not, why not check out our complete range of Monopoly Memorabilia including everything from Tees to Tea Towels, or Boardgames to Beer Mats!


Do Pass GO, Do Collect One Of Our Exclusive New Monopoly T-Shirts!

For as long as we can possibly remember, Monopoly has been a part of our lives and has been a household staple, always waiting in the wings to save those rainy days and cold nights. Oh the hours we’ve spent battling it out!
Since its creation back in the early 20th century, Monopoly has become a real legend of the board game world and surely something everyone has played at some point in their lives. Right? We’re pretty sure it’s law for each house to have their own set! 🙂 Okay perhaps not but it probably should be right?
Loving nothing more than bringing our childhood memories to life once again and adding them to our ever-growing range of retro t-shirts, we couldn’t resist setting our creative juices to work and creating some exclusive new Monopoly T-Shirts which have just officially arrived onto our store and are up for grabs!
Available from only £19.99, take a peep at our latest designs below….
Taking our inspiration from the pesky monopoly police man who will sentence anyone who dares land on his corner to jail without so much of a sniff of a trial, harsh but someone we still love him nevertheless.

Pick up yours today in either Men’s or Ladies styles with sizes ranging from S to XXL.


Love Monopoly? Up Your Game With Our Latest Sets!

Possibly one of the oldest and most iconic games ever, they actually found a set carved into the floor of a cave from back when we used to call them home…..okay okay maybe not that old but you get the picture!

For as long as we can can possibly remember, Monopoly has been a household staple with every home having to own its own set tucked away ready to whip out on the long rainy days. Sooo many hours have been spent around the table as household politics start to unfold and everyone looks to snap up as many properties as possible, waiting for their chance to begin building their empire and become the ultimate master of the board. It’s all GO!

Well! If you’re looking to spice up your current collection or perhaps invest in your first set, we’ve got the perfect things for you that not only let you enjoy the age-old game, but also show some love to your favourte cartoons and movies! Sounds too good to be true right?

Monopoly fact! More Monopoly Money is printed every year than real money.

Take a look at our latest collection of Monopoly sets and pick up something that’s perfect for you, your friends, family and future trespassers!

Star Wars Monopoly Game Set
A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, a Monopoly game based on the Star Wars saga was released. Now, by popular demand, it’s BACK! Buy locations from around the Star Wars universe, build Settlements and Cities! Play with one of 6 beautifully crafted character tokens as you build you own Empire!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Monopoly Game Set
The streets of New York and the landmarks from the hit Nickelodeon show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get their very own version of this classic game too! Play as one of 6 special tokens, exclusive to this game, and draw special mutagen and Turtle Power cards, as you try to buy and build your way around the board.
Adventure Time Monopoly Game Set
We started our range of Adventure Time merchandise with some simply amazing Adventure Time T-Shirts, now we’ve gone one better with this funky Monopoly edition! A great mix of classic family gaming and modern cult, now you can navigate your way around the land of Ooo in style.

Monopoly fact: The longest game ever played took 1680 hours (that’s 70 days!) .

What do you think guys? Any cool movies, cartoons or TV shows you’d love to see get the Monopoly treatment too? Let us know by leaving a comment below.