Next to come down the tracks (no pun intended) was the 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.
Also released in 2003 was a very heavy edition where Sorry was put with Monopoly in a solid wood cabinet with six other classic games: Chess; Checkers; Playing Cards; Dominoes; Cribbage; Poker Dice.
The lid of the solid wood box is in fact double sided with the Monopoly board on one side and Sorry on the other side.
Next up was the first vintage series 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.
2005 was also Monopoly’s 70th anniversary with Parker Brothers and two special anniversary editions were released. The first, was the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Code: C-190 / 40269
A new version of the Bookshelf game came early 2007. The game box is designed to look like a book and it has magnetic closures to keep it closed. Inside is a 6-fold board with the classic design. It has 8 tokens (top hat, thimble, iron, race car, Scottie dog, ship, horse and rider, and shoe), wooden buildings, standard sized deeds and Cnace and Community Chest cards, and smaller money. It is a very nice, colorful set.
Michael Graves got together with Target again in 2006 and put out one of the ugliest games I have 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 will 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. I wonder 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.