Do not pass Pride Rock, do not collect 200 gazelles…The Lion King Monopoly is coming your way.
Forget Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action remake of the 1994 Disney cartoon,Monopoly: The Lion King Edition is wiping the floor with the competition.
Who needs Donald Glover, Beyoncé, and even the return of James Earl Jones when you can play the iconic board game with a tiny gold Pumbaa.
Released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s colourful caper, Monopoly: The Lion King Edition is a must-have for fans of the Disney classic.
Tracking Simba’s journey from the heir of the Pride Lands to the formidable leader of the pack, fans will spot some familiar locations on their way around the board.
This being a Lion King edition, there are no houses, waterworks, or old farts in top hats. Instead, houses and hotels are replaced by beetles and grubs. Elsewhere, Chance and Community Chest cards are replaced by 32 Destiny cards, while utilities become herds of Rhino, Elephant, Antelope, and Wildebeest.
The shiny golden figures let you play as Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Scar, Timon, or Pumbaa. I’ll definitely be playing as Scar and steal all your money when you aren’t looking.
What’s more, there’s even a musical soundtrack to accompany your board game marathon. That’s right, the plastic Pride Rock where you store the game’s cards will also play “The Circle of Life” when you press it.
If you want something a little spookier, clown-themed It Monopoly is crawling out of the sewers to terrify us all.
The description reads: “Monopoly: IT makes buying, selling, and trading places in and around Derry, Maine the key to winning this uncanny twist of “the Landlord’s Game.” Using tokens of iconic items such as an Inhaler, Paper Boat, and Bicycle, players can draw Encounters and Phenomena cards as they build Suburban Houses and Apartment Buildings on locations like Pennywise’s Cistern and the Derry Sewers.”
The Lion King previously popped up in the Disney edition of Monopoly, but as one of the House of Mouse’s best-loved movies, it’s about time it got its own time to shine.
Monopoly: The Lion King edition released on April 22 and will be priced at $39.99 from Walmart before rolling out to other retailers in June. I’d be ‘lion’ if I said I wasn’t more than a little excited for this.
[Featured Image: Hasbro/Disney]