What do you get the next generation’s up-and-coming Bruce Ratners? How about Monopoly: City Edition. Just released, the game scraps houses and hotels for industrial parks, skyscrapers, stadiums, power plants, and other urban icons.
My favorite, though, will always be Star Wars Monopoly. Dot-Com Monopoly (“I’ll trade you AskJeeves for AltaVista”) from 2000 is runner-up. The worst? Michael Graves and Target’s 2006 special edition: it came in a wacky, plastic capsule; the center of the board was a dizzying reflective hologram; and best of all Boardwalk was misspelled “Broadwalk.” But hey, at least it’s trash-heap-free.