It was a sad day to visit the McLaggan Smith stand at the Harrogate trade fair last week. Armed with my comprehensive list of Monopoly mugs to re-order, I was alarmed to hear that the license for producing the mugs has now expired and there will be no more available.
It’s a shame not least because they’re popular but also it seems like another last grasp at my childhood has escaped me! Thank God for the resurgence of interest in space hoppers and Raleigh chopper bikes!!!
The mugs have a great, tactile feel. Yes, they’re mass produced but at least there is a nod to style, and a respect for the original designs of the game. And like it or not, they smell of quality production, a standard you just don’t get with a 99p mug from the supermarket.
They made for such a versatile gift…you’d be amazed by the number of people who bought the Electric Company for their sparky partners, journos buying up Fleet Street and the wannabes Mayfair!
I’m not sure how licensing works but I just hope that someone else doesn’t come along and recreate them as tacky gimmicks.
Buy ’em while you can!