Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Prince Caspian Narnia USApoly Tokens

Monopoly is an American-originated board game originally published by Parker Brothers. Subtitled "The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game", the game is named after the economic concept of monopoly—the domination of a market by a single entity. It is produced by the United States game and toy company Hasbro. Players move around the gameboard buying or trading properties, developing their properties with houses and hotels, and collecting rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them into bankruptcy.

I don't think I know even one person under the age of twelve that has not played the boardgame Monopoly. Monopoly always led to far more arguments, upstaging and backstabbing thoughts amongst my friends growing up that could only be equaled by the flurry of machismo that would erupt when an actual real life gamer/comic reading hot girl walked into our local Gaming Store.

So needless to say, I was not a fan of playing it that much. I did however, like the pewter miniatures that came with the game. Over the years many official and unofficial versions, complete with new sets of tokens, have been released. And today, I wanted to show you all a fairly uncommon set that I picked up after attending the Narnia the Exhibition show that came here to Kansas City to Union Station.

The tokens come packaged in this simple baggy and paper tag taped to it.

Miraz's Helmet is probably the nicest one out of the whole token set. Nice detail, and fairly accurate to the design of the one used in the movie.

Peter's Helmet. I'm a sucker for helmets in general, and from a play distance, it's a very nice looking token.

Lucy's Cordial is the weakest token design out of the set. I like the effort of the detail on the lion's head stopper, but the Cordial body is somewhat lacking.

Peter's Shield actually has sharper detail on the back, compared to the front.

Susan's Horn at this scale, reminds me of something you'd see at your local museum dealing with ancient history. This token has wonderful detail all the way around. (Upper Left Inset) The USAopoly stamp is on the bottom of all the tokens.

The last token shown is Prince Caspian's Sword and Shield. I was hoping this would be much nicer/detailed as this set was based on the Prince Caspian film.
The game tokens as a set are not bad at all, and make a great addition to your basic Monopoly game for some extra play flavor.

Now the really odd thing about this is that Monopoly actually DID release an official version of the game that has identical tokens included, that seem to be of a higher quality sculpt and casting. I'm hoping to track down a copy of the game at some point to compare the two sets. I was a bit confused at first until I found out that USAopoly was working under license from Hasbro to make some limited run versions that feature unique or current pop culture intellectual properties (such as Zelda, but not the unofficial ones like the one based on the Princess Bride movie.)

Thanks for reading! Take care of the loves in your life, support your local artists, promote the well being of history, never forget the Library of Alexandria, and I'll see you next time!

-Mario, the Rogue Hobbyist  

Stats Rating/Information
Item Prince Caspian Narnia USApoly Tokens
Made by USAopoly (licensee of Hasbro)
Rarity Uncommon (Sold at the Narnia Exhibition, and with the boxed set)
Classification Modern
Condition Mint Condition - Never used.
Procured Kansas City
Worth $20
Investment $10
Further Research -n/a-
Trivia & Fun Facts During World War II, the dice in the United Kingdom released version of Monopoly were replaced with a cardstock spinner because of a lack of materials to use for creating dice.

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