Dog-opoly Lets You Buy Dogs Instead of Real Estate

Late for the Sky
Late for the Sky

The goal of this take on Monopoly from specialty board game company Late for the Sky isn't to rack up luxury properties. Instead, players compete to spend their fortunes on dogs of different breeds and sizes while learning fun facts about their favorite canines along the way.

Dog-opoly, one of many unofficial twists on the board game, has similar rules to the classic version. Competitors have their choice of pet-themed playing pieces—such as a dog bowl, a mailman, and a fire hydrant—to play with, and they can purchase dogs by landing on their spaces. Value correlates to breed size, with Chihuahua standing in for Mediterranean Avenue and Great Dane serving as the game's Boardwalk. (The system is one of the more creative ways themed Monopoly games have ranked properties). Each dog deed comes with facts about the breed.

Board of Dog-opoly game.
Late for the Sky

Players can collect $200 by passing Go Fetch, or give up that money by catching fleas. The Go to Jail space has been replaced with Go to Kennel, and instead of houses and hotels, players can develop their properties with dog houses and big bones.

Dog-opoly is available on Amazon for $19. If you're more of a cat person, there's an unofficial Monopoly spin-off out there for you as well.

18 Disney Characters Just Got the LEGO Treatment

LEGO
LEGO

If you’ve ever wondered what one of Disney's princesses might look like standing next to Batman or Harry Potter, now's your chance to find out. LEGO has created minifigures of 18 characters from beloved Disney movies, and they’re a pretty diverse bunch.

There are Disney princesses and heroes, like Jasmine, Elsa, and Hercules. There are offbeat favorites, like Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. A couple villains were thrown into the mix for good measure, and classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also represented.

It has been a big week for both LEGO and Disney. The toy company announced the impending release of a 751-piece set that recreates the boat from Steamboat Willie, the 1928 short film that launched Mickey to stardom. The timing is also fitting, considering that Mickey recently celebrated his 90th birthday (not too bad for a mouse).

The S.S. Willie set will be available on April 1, but fans will have to wait a little longer for the Disney minifigures. Those will be available on the LEGO Store website and in stores nationwide starting May 1. Each minifigure costs $3.99.

Until then, check out some of the figures below, or browse LEGO’s selection of Disney-themed sets.

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

Disney’s Steamboat Willie Has Been Immortalized in LEGO

LEGO
LEGO

Mickey Mouse recently turned 90 years old, and soon, you’ll be able to celebrate with LEGO. Steamboat Willie, the classic Disney short film that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in 1928, has now been recreated in a LEGO set that will be released on April 1.

The 751-piece LEGO version of the S.S. Willie features grayscale bricks that recreate the original black-and-white aesthetic of the original film. The 10-inch-long LEGO boat features moving steam pipes and paddle wheels and comes with new Mickey and Minnie minifigures. It’s also equipped with a ship’s wheel, a life buoy, a buildable bell, and a working crane that can lift the vessel’s potato-bin cargo.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

The Steamboat Willie set was born out of the company’s fan-generated LEGO Ideas initiative several years ago. Creator Máté Szabó submitted the idea to LEGO in June 2016, then LEGO designers John Ho and Crystal Marie Fontan worked to adapt the set for retail sale, creating decorative elements and the new Mickey and Minnie Mouse minifigures.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

Buy the kit on the LEGO Store website for $90 starting April 1. If you can't wait to get your LEGO fix, check out the company's other Mickey Mouse-themed products here.

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