Manhattan Beach is the latest Monopoly theme – Daily Breeze
Manhattan Beach took a look this week at a new edition of Monopoly, based on the coastal city.
The iconic Hasbro game – created by Top Trumps USA, a division of board game company Winning Moves International – is now available in line and at local retailers including Tabula Rasa Essentials and Spyder Surf.
Top Trumps revealed the beach town-themed game, the first of a myriad of Monopoly editions to feature a California town, to the community in an unveiling at the Shade Hotel this week.
“When researching our first California city to feature,” said Jennifer Tripsea, Head of Partnerships for Top Trumps, “Manhattan Beach stood out for its unique aesthetic, welcoming and close-knit community, and charm.”
Manhattan Beach, in fact, was the first West Coast city the company modeled the game on, said Scott Whitney, vice president of sales for Top Trumps. The company started developing it in March. Hasbro, which owns the Monopoly brand, is one of Top Trumps’ biggest licensing partners, he added.
In May, the games company solicited suggestions from the community for locations to showcase in an effort to capture everyone’s favorite places. The partnership with the city was important, Whitney said, so the game best represents Manhattan Beach as the people who live there would.
âWe rely on cities to make sure all landmarks are real to what they’re experiencing,â Whitney said. âPeople love to play the game in the context of their own community. “
The new Monopoly game features local favorites like The Kettle Restaurant, Tabula Rasa, The Strand House, and Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden. Significant events are also for sale on the board, such as the Tour of Pier – a fundraiser for the stationary bike for cancer causes – the Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament and the Hometown Fair.
Landmarks such as Bruce’s Beach, Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center, The Strand, and Polliwog Park can also be seen on the board, with the Manhattan Beach Pier topping the price list at $ 400.
Players can purchase surfboards, skateboards, roller skates and beach cruisers with their Monopoly money, and take surf lessons with âCommunityâ and âLuckâ cards.
It’s already a huge hit in the community, said Maureen McBride, owner of Tabula Rasa.
Her store has pre-sold more than 200 games in the past few weeks, she said.
âIt really shows all the love for our local community,â added McBride. âI think this will attract new customers for sure. “
Grace Adams, Executive Director of The Roundhouse, is also thrilled to see her community symbol immortalized through the game.
âWe are thrilled to be featured in the Manhattan Beach Monopoly,â Adams said, and âwe certainly hope that including the aquarium in the game will increase our visibility to the world.â
Mayor Hildy Stern, for her part, said she will likely complete her Monopoly collection.
âWhen I was told we were going to have a Monopoly game in Manhattan Beach, I went into our closet (and saw) that we still had three versions,â she said. “I have no doubt that each of us will have a Manhattan Beach Edition soon.”
Heath Gregory, co-founder of The Tower of Pier, said the city had “officially passed”, being in the board game that all board games are compared to.
âThis game is an extension of the connection we have with the community,â said Gregory. âThe Pier Tower is one of those days when our community really comes together; this is what this game does for so many of our families.
Last year, Top Trumps released editions of Monopoly in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Greenwich, Connecticut, and last week released a version of San Antonio, Whitney said.
Top Trumps is also in talks with Palm Springs about a game based on that city, Whitney said.