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Hasbro has spoken: Manneken Pis must don trunks for Monopoly

16:03 20/09/2019

The designers of the new Brussels version of the immortal Monopoly board game have not been able to convince American mega-corporation Hasbro that the Manneken Pis should appear on the box au naturel.

Hasbro, owner of the board game that is produced in more than 100 countries around the world, must approve the design of every edition. It took one look at the box of the new Brussels version and put the kibosh on it. Why? Because naked little boys are not done.

“We tried to explain to them that Manneken Pis is world famous cultural heritage,” said a spokesperson for the Bruges-based Groep 24, which publishes the Belgian editions of the game. But even that didn’t convince the fat cats of Hasbro, who instructed Groep 24 to put the Pis in a pair of swimming trunks.

As if that wasn’t humiliating enough for our beloved mascot, the trunks will be in the style of the Brussels flag – blue with a yellow Iris. And finally, to complete the picture, his hand will be holding onto nothing, grasping at thin air, as it were.

Order your copy online now or pick it up in local shops next week.

Photo: The original design, which you will not find on the box when it arrives in shops next week
©Courtesy Groep 24

Written by Lisa Bradshaw

Comments

paradox

then i will NOT buy it, what a joke

Sep 21, 2019 08:29
Frank Lee

Then there shouldn't be a Belgian edition. I wonder what is covered in the Italian edition, Botticelli's Venus, Michelangelo's David? And if it's because it's a child being depicted here that the American puritans find umbrage, they should see the number of depictions ofa naked baby Jesus in art...

Sep 21, 2019 22:49
lmbsie

fyi, the Monopoly Rome and Italy boxes are all architecture, no figures.

Sep 23, 2019 18:33
rosemary.weston...

Then I won't be buying the game either! It should be banned in Belgium as being politically incorrect!

Sep 24, 2019 09:43