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version 2000

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versie 2000.

 

Flag Hong Kong

Number of versions: 4

Edition: December 20, 1997

Edition: Standard, ref. 402H
Publisher: Waddingtons Int. Ltd. Singapore 1991
Dimensions of the box: 26 x 51 cm
The game:
The white cover of the box of this game shows a large, red Chinese junk surrounded by 8 illustrations of respectively a jockey on a horse, a treasure chest filled with dollars, a skyscraper, 2 filled rice-bowls with chopsticks, a large question mark with the word CHANCE, a double decker tram, a boat and a pile of Chinese cards. The game board is rigid and has a red back side. The streets are the same as those of the other issue of Waddingtons: the Travel Edition. The 7 streets who only occur in the Waddingtons editions are: YUEN LONG, LAMMA ISLAND, CHATTAM ROAD, MODY ROAD, HONG KONG CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE, PACIFIC PLACE and EXCHANGE SQUARE. The Title Deeds are either in English or in Chinese where as the Chance and Community Chest cards are bilingual. The back side of these cards is respectively BLUE and RED, where as the back of the English Title Deeds is RED and that of the Chinese is WHITE. The tokens are the well-known boat, hat, car, dog, shoe and iron. For this game they are made of heavy metal! The houses and hotels are of plastic. The money consists of MONOPOLY bank notes with the "Monopoly 1935 Parker Bros." The games are manufactured by Waddingtons Singapore.

The price amounted to HK$ 179.90 (= US$ 25.-) in november 1992.

 

Edition: Travel Edition, ref. #4021
Publisher: Waddingtons International Ltd. Singapore
Dimensions of the box: 22.8 x 22.8 cm
The game:
This is one of the Waddingtons editions manufactured since 1992/93 in Singapore for various countries in the region. As a distinction this Hong Kong Edition has a Chinese junk on the cover of the box with the word MONOPOLY in Chinese characters through it. Because this game is a "travel edition" the slightly smaller board is folded twice. This version of the various travel editions is yet slightly more clumsy than the "red bag" (made in China) that is distributed in various countries since 1994! The Title Deeds are either in English or in Chinese where as the Chance and Community Chest cards are bilingual. The back side of these cards is respectively blue and red, where as the back of the English Title Deeds is red and that of the Chinese is white. The black plastic tokens are the well-known boat, hat, car, dog, shoe and iron. The plastic houses and hotels have a roof-rim and a chimney! The money consists of the common MONOPOLY bank notes version "1993 Tonka Corp.".

The price amounted to HK$ 196 (=US$ 25.-) in November 1996.


Edition: Standard, ref. 06951-HK
Publisher: Parker Bros./Hasbro Hong Kong Ltd. 1995
Dimensions of the box: 26 x 51 cm
The game:
The cover of the box is identical to those of the games manufactured in Ireland i.e. that the perspective illustration of the fourth side of the board is shown on top of it the car, the shoe, a pile of bank notes, two dice on top of each other, one green house and three red hotels. On the bottom side of the box a black and white picture of the game board is shown with bank notes and Title Deed cards. But ..... THIS game is made in New Zealand, like the Commemorative Edition of 1997! Here again the Title Deed cards are either in Chinese or in English where as the Chance and Community Chest cards are bilingual. The streets are the same as those in the 1997 Special Edition because both of them are Hasbro publications. Again in these two versions appear 7 streets who do NOT APPEAR IN THE WADDINGTONS version, viz.: CHEUNG CHAU, TUEN MUN, GRANVILLE ROAD, MA ON SHAN, ROBINSON ROAD, MAGAZINE GAP ROAD en SOUTH BAY. The houses do have an excentric placed chimney where as the hotels have their chimney back in the centre again! The money consists of MONOPOLY bank notes with the text "Monopoly 1995 - Hasbro International Inc."

The price amounted to HK$ 275 (= US$ 34.-) in february 1997.


Edition: 1997 Commemorative Edition, no.05538.139
Publisher: Hasbro Hong Kong Ltd.
Dimensions of the box: 25.2 x 50.8 x 7.8 cm
The game:
In the preface of the manual is said i.a. ... "As a special limited bilingual edition marking Hong Kong's return to mainland China (on June 30, 1997), it is sure to become a treasured possession and a classic collectible". Subsequently a short historical describtion of the town is given, followed by Some Interesting Facts About Hong Kong. In here we read i.a. that the Peak Tram since May 1888 transport passengers to and from THE PEAK (= the most expensive blue street), 396 m above sealevel. The design of this "Limited Edition" immediately reminds of the 60 Year Anniversary Editions! The very nicely executed, oblong "golden" box has a green inner box with 2 compartments of thin black plastic. One of them contains a carousel for the Title Deed cards, the other one is destined to be used by the Bank. At the bottom side of the box a survey picture of the board is shown with all accessories as well as a picture of the town of Hong Kong. It is a pity that the box is rather soft and so vulnerable! On the marble like background the well known "red beam" is shown with at its left side the flags of the United Kingdom and China and at its right side the new and old flag of Hong Kong. On the black backside a MONOPOLY emblem is printed in gold. The tokens are the 8 bronze tokens apparently used for all Jubilee Editions being a tram, shoe, bath-tub, car, candlestick, cup and, separately packed, an elephant as well as UNCLE PENNYBAG! The houses and hotels are made of wood and the nicely executed bank notes are biligual and have a different picture of Hong Kong at the back for each denomination. The Title Deeds and Chance and Community Chest cards are either in the English or in the Chinese language! The game is manufactured in .... New Zealand!

The price amounted to HK$ 490 (= US$ 62,-) in February 1997.

 

 

 

 

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