Veteran spoiler hunters know that when it comes to digging up secret information about your next favorite pop culture properties, the toy department can be your best clandestine friend. Secret keepers may watch the content of trailers and interviews like very superhero-obsessed hawks, but branded toys and board games often release into the world long before the properties they’re supposed to. promote – and from there sometimes end up in the hands of consumers.
Hence, presumably, reports that stranger things designers Matt and Ross Duffer are really, really pissed off right now, after spoilers for their show’s upcoming fourth season leaked onto the internet via, of all things, a Monopoly Game. Specifically, an enterprising consumer apparently purchased an early copy of the Stranger Things: Monopoly Season 4 game from a retailer and gleaned all sorts of interesting goodies from its version of the Chance and Community Chest cards.
We won’t reveal spoilers here (you can dig this Reddit thread if you’re so inclined) on the grounds that we prefer our Twitter mentions not to be burned by angry hordes. (We’ll note that one of the cards appears to reveal the name of the creepy upside-down villain revealed in the trailers, and that’s a deep enough D&D cut.)
By THR, the Duffers reportedly had a “total meltdown” over the leak, which, fair enough. People posting images of the cards online claim to have purchased the game straight from store shelves, with no theft or scheming; probably just a big box retailer missing a note on release embargoes.
Which brings us to the real question: why the hell did the penultimate season of stranger things need his Monopoly? was not regular Stranger Things Monopoly, from the first season, good enough for you? Look what you’ve done to the board game consumer Duffers with your insatiable demands for the latest and greatest licenses. Monopoly properties, and your need to own the act of Will Byers’ horrible haircut or whatever. Think about what you have done!