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The Muppets Take Monopoly

By Derek Stucker, Product Developer for USAOPOLY!
May 31, 2003

It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights! It’s time to raise the curtain on the all-new MONOPOLY: Muppets Collector’s Edition board game from USAOPOLY! Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the entire Muppets cast of characters bring all their zaniness to America’s favorite board game, allowing Muppet fans for the first time to buy, sell and trade the most popular locations in the Muppet world.

The game kicks off with property spaces depicting the S. S. Swine Trek and Veterinarians Hospital, taking the place of traditional Mediterranean Avenue and Baltic Avenue, respectively. Players circle the colorful game board while encountering the trademark “Just Visiting/Jail,” “Free Parking” and “Go To Jail” spaces MONOPOLY players already know. They make their way around to Miss Piggy’s Dressing Room and Kermit the Frog’s Swamp, which take the place of Park Place and Boardwalk as the most valuable properties in the game. Muppet characters both old and new, famous and obscure are proudly featured in the game, from Rowlf the Dog and the Muppet Newsman to Pepe and Johnny Fiama.

Every aspect of MONOPOLY: Muppets Collector’s Edition has been lovingly customized by Muppet fans for Muppet fans. Every deed card features photos which capture the unique personality of each individual Muppet. Lew Zealand is depicted tossing a fish. Gonzo dangles precariously in full daredevil attire, complete with skis, cape, and Camilla tucked snugly under his arm. Statler and Waldorf look at each other with a gaze that seems to ask, “How did we ever get mixed up in this crazy game?”

Replacing the MONOPOLY game’s customary Chance and Community Chest cards are two animals that are never in short supply in the Muppets’ world: Chickens and Penguins. Each Chicken or Penguin card features the same directives as found in traditional MONOPOLY, but with a wacky Muppet twist. Need to “Get Out of Jail Free”? It can happen when Sweetums breaks through the cell wall. But be careful not to interrupt Miss Piggy’s beauty sleep, or you could end up right back behind bars. If you find yourself heckled by Statler and Waldorf, you’ll have to pay for counseling, but if you survive a dinner cooked by the Swedish Chef, or help him foil the dreaded lobster banditos, you’ll collect a nice reward.

Taking the place of the MONOPOLY game’s traditional Railroads are four famous modes of Muppet transportation. Who could forget Muppet treks via bicycle, motorcycle, hot air balloon or automobile? Now you can own them all as you make your way to Muppet destinations such as Fozzie Bear’s Comedy Club, Beauregard’s Supply Closet, Electric Mayhem’s Stage and Statler and Waldorf’s Balcony. Build up the properties you own with Movie Sets and Movie Studios to increase property values and drive rent costs as high as Miss Piggy’s ego.

How could you buy or sell Muppet properties without Muppet money? Custom bills feature favorite Muppets, from Kermit’s visage on the prized $500 dollar bill, to Sam the Eagle posing with George Washington-like prominence on the $1.

Custom collectible pewter playing pieces of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, Fozzie, Gonzo and the Swedish Chef allow players to take on the persona of a favorite Muppet as they play to “own it all” in this first collaboration between USAOPOLY and the Jim Henson Company. Suggested retail price for the game is $35.95. MONOPOLY: Muppets Collector’s Edition will be available in June online at www.boardgames.com, as well as this Fall at specialty retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Virgin Entertainment.

Derek Stucker helped develop this game for USAOPOLY!, official licenser of Monopoly games based on favorite characters and themes from around the world.

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