Christmastime is here again my friends! We all have wish lists for Santa Claus, and for most that wish list is topped by Beatle memorabilia galore. This is the time of year that it’s always easy to shop for a Beatle-maniac. There is a bevy of items that any Fab Four fanatic would love to own. Some of these items are collectible, and some will become collectibles in the near future. Others still are fun things that any Beatle fan can score for a loved one and not break the bank at all.
On the first day of X-mas my true love gave to me…a copy of Beatles monopoly.
Not since the 1960’s, with the Flip Your Wig Game, have Beatle fans had the opportunity to participate in family game night together. Most parents in the 1960’s wouldn’t hold any interest in Flipping their Wigs, but the folks at USAopoly have combined two cultural instituions into one game that’s fun for Beatle and monopoly fans alike.
We were most impressed with the way the gane incorporated the look and feel of the songs and albums of The Beatles without spoiling the fun of playing monopoly at the same time. We had “tested” out the game by playing with hardcore Beatle fans and people that just loved board games. The novelty of playing a Beatles game was a delight. It was a joy to delve back into the Beatles catalog by collecting albums at the same time with game pieces that felt like memorabilia itself. Several folks laughed every time their turn came up and someone asked “who’s the walrus?”
The game is a great way to crack out family game night and put a rock and roll feel to it. We have now hosted a family game night, but never before had a listening party, as the game’s “houses” are so aptly named. Each time a monopoly was made we switched the ipod to a Beatles song from that album. It was a great way to listen to the back catalog as we played along to the game. We were able to stay away from the “Taxman” until late in the game, and even watched concert videos on youtube each time a concert ticket was landed on. The game really allowed us new avenues to celebrate all things Beatle. The references aren’t that obscure either. Most everyone playing, Beatle fan or not, got the references.
Like most of the collector’s editions of the Monopoly games, the Fab Four edition is nothing short of fun. The game presents its own sense of style with beautiful artwork, song-related pewter pieces, and Beatles-related artwork galore. If you are looking for that gift for the Beatles’ fan that has it all, then this is a nice place to start. In the Christmas card with this gift, though, promise to play a game or two with them as a condition of buying them the game. It’s loads of fun for the entire family. Unless of course, you’re one of those fans that likes to keep their copy of the game sealed. We’ve bought two copies in our household, just in case it becomes a rarity in the near future.
You can purchase your copy of the Beatles monopoly game at the Beatles official website, amazon, and at your local retailer in the games section. For a modest $39.99 it a fine addition for family game night in any household.
Here’s what we’ve read.
The Beatles Collector’s Edition of Monopoly celebrates the music that revolutionized rock-n-roll in the 20th century. This Completely customized game features Apple and Abbey Road Studios along with every album released by the Beatles allowing fans to create their own private music anthology. Enjoy and sing along to the timeless music that has transcended generations as you collect the White Album, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and more.
-Six custom pewter tokens including: The Walrus, Here Comes the Sun, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Strawberry, Octopus’s Garden, and Rocky Raccoon.
-The familiar Monopoly game play allows Beatles fans to own and trade some of the greatest icons in Beatles history.
-Traditional Houses & Hotels are renamed Listening Parties and Concerts.