Special Editions - 2003 to 2006 (USA)

2003

2003 #41577 Train Tin 2003 #41577 Train Tin

Next to come down the tracks was the #41577 Train Tin in 2003. This set had the same components as the car tin with the exception of the banker’s tray and Title Deed holders. This set had a banker’s tray in the shape of a train and the Title Deed holder looked like railroad tracks.


2005

2005 #42749 Vintage Series 2005 #42749 Vintage Series

Next up was the vintage series #42749 in 2005. This set was in a wooden box with a slide off cover. Mr. Monopoly with a fist full of cash adorned the cover. The face of the board has this same graphic, otherwise it’s identical to the Nostalgia series set from 2001. You could buy a Scrabble, Clue, etc. version to make up a full set which would look like a set of books on your shelf.

Code: 42749

2005 #42377 70th Anniversary Tin 2005 #42377 70th Anniversary Tin

2005 was also Monopoly’s 70th anniversary with Parker Brothers and two special anniversary editions were released. The first, was the #42377 70th Anniversary tin. This set came with a foil wrapped board, eight each of 4 different style houses, 12 different hotels and 12 large, chrome plated, re-designed tokens; Scottie dog, thimble, wheelbarrow, satchel of cash, iron, train, cannon, motor boat, high heel shoe, top hat, horse and rider, and classic speedster. The oversized rule booklet still doesn’t have the history right. It seems even more incorrect than the 50th anniversary set was.

Code: 42377

2005 #42662 70th Anniversary Wood Front 2005 #42662 70th Anniversary Wood Board

The 2nd 70th was a Sam’s Club exclusive. This set has a full size wooden board with a tin game track. This set has chromed metal houses and hotels, a gold money rack and Title Deed carousel, and the same tokens as the tin. The components are stored in drawers under the game board. This is an extremely nice set.


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2006

2006 Hasbro Repro 2006 Hasbro Repro

In 2006, Hasbro made a reproduction of the First Edition version just like the Winning Moves versions from 2002, but only made one version. They called theirs the Classic Edition.

2006 Onyx 2006 Onyx

Here we have a special edition, The Onyx Edition. This sleek, smart Onyx edition has been updated for a contemporary lifestyle and features cool black and silver accents throughout. It comes with an elegant, silver foil and black gameboard in onyx-toned wooden box with 11 black-finished metal tokens, 2 black and silver dice, 32 translucent acrylic houses and 12 translucent acrylic hotels. The banker's tray and Title Deed carousel is silver and black, black and silver chance and community chest cards and classic title deed cards, Monopoly money and instructions.

2006 Michael Graves Edition 2006 Michael Graves Edition 2006 Michael Graves Edition 2006 Michael Graves Edition

Michael Graves got together with Target again in 2006 and put out one of the ugliest games I've seen. The game is in an oval cylindrical plastic box that is crammed into a white rubber sleeve that you cannot get the game out of.

After spending some time getting the box out of the sleeve you'll actually find a fairly nice looking game. The board is a 15 1/2 inch hex-fold with a holographic center field and a blue-green track. The problem with board is that Boardwalk is misspelled as "Broadwalk"(The boards were corrected and replaced at the store level -- how many error boards survived?).

The Title Deeds and Chance/COMMUNITY CHEST cards are full size, but the money is downsized. The tokens in this set include: toaster, blender, tea pot, clock, lamp, and suitcase. The houses are gray, the hotels red, have the same design as the earlier Graves edition and are made of rubber.

2006 #00402 Here and Now 2006 #00402 Here and Now

2006 brought about a change 71 years in the making; the Here and Now edition. Prices are increased by a power of 10,000, and there are properties from across the country. The 8 tokens include; a laptop, cup of Starbucks coffee, a Toyota Prius, McDonald’s fries, a Labradoodle, a Motorola RAZR, a jet plane, and a New Balance running shoe.