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New Year, Cheaper Clue

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My local grocery store has all of their holiday merchandise on deep discount now, including the pile of toys & games they stocked up on for gift buying.

So when I spotted this, the collector in me had no qualms dropping about $6: (as usual, click to enlarge any of these photos)

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I was intrigued because Hasbro has removed the “New Suspect” graphics from the box artwork. Note also the updated 2018 copyright date. I assumed this would just be another copy of what I already own.

And it is. Almost. I’ll let the photos mostly speak for themselves:

The room labels in the Hall and Ballroom have been (jarringly) rotated to avoid being marred by the crease in the board
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The rules have been reduced to a single folded sheet, with any storytelling elements reduced to the blurb on the cover & the suspect profiles on the box insert (same 3 word bits as on the original release of this edition)
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Most “offensive,” both the playing cards and the boards are MUCH smaller than usual. Fortunately the card stock isn’t thinner/lighter than previous decks, but the board is noticeably lighter & will need a good while under a heavy book to really lie flat (Note: the cards I pulled for comparison are from the Mirror Reveal edition, but other than their modified card labels they’re dimensionally identical to the deck from the first Orchid edition)
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The solution envelope, notepad, suspect tokens, weapons, and dice are unchanged from the last version. The cardboard box feels like a thinner board than the original Orchid release, but it’s hard to tell without my copy on hand to compare.

While I appreciate Hasbro finally dropping the “New Suspect” language after 4 years, I don’t entirely understand why this edition needed to exist in the first place. Presumably we’re due for a new edition to unveil the Bathroom in place of the Hall before much longer, so this reduced print feels very transitional. I hope the next edition doesn’t use the scale of these components as a template, but if it does I’d be content if Hasbro also made the box small enough to actually secure the board in place & scrapped the insert in favor of a decent tray (and throw in the additional suspects & weapons from the Guess Who Clue mash-up, while we’re wandering through pipe dreams).
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alwaysPeacock wrote: Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:55 am . . . The room labels in the Hall and Ballroom have been (jarringly) rotated to avoid being marred by the crease in the board . . .
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I'm assuming the board has more than one fold.
(The version I use to own from the last century was in a long box vs. a squarish box, and if I recall correctly it was only folded once into two halves.)

I agree the room labels look strange when they don't line up the same way as they do for most of the other rooms. It just looks a bit awkward.

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Yes, it's a quad-fold board (see pictures). The label for the Dining Room is also positioned just right to split between the two words perfectly where the split in the room can’t be avoided.

The Hall doesn’t jar me as much as the Ballroom — at least the Hall label runs parallel with the carpet runner. The Ballroom is just ugly/lazy compromise.
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I swear I bought a square box version with Dr Orchid before I bought my magic mirror version, but I can't seem to find a square one anywhere. Perhaps I'm mistaken and never purchased the lower quality one. But I could have sworn I did...

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I just noticed something else annoying: while they may have dropped the "New Suspects" label from the box graphics, it looks like they still have the old version of the game board pictured on the box:
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Yeah, I know it's cheaper (sorry, "more cost-effective") for Hasbro not to change that graphic of the game board for the box artwork, but . . .

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MajorHoy wrote: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:15 am I just noticed something else annoying: while they may have dropped the "New Suspects" label from the box graphics, it looks like they still have the old version of the game board pictured on the box:
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Yeah, I know it's cheaper (sorry, "more cost-effective") for Hasbro not to change that graphic of the game board for the box artwork, but . . .
I don’t see the point of this version. This makes “Mystery Game” (That fake knock-off game Hasbro made with Parker Brothers name) look more expensive. And it cost $5!
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Jonathan Green wrote: Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:51 pmI don’t see the point of this version. This makes “Mystery Game” (That fake knock-off game Hasbro made with Parker Brothers name) look more expensive. And it cost $5!
I'm assuming it was just to make sure there was a version of the Clue board game on the shelves of places like Walmart, etc. for this past Christmas. If parents were buying it for their kids (from "Santa"), they may have wanted as inexpensive a version as possible.

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yeah I can see why they would put out a cheap version to make sure they had something in that price range on the shelves - presumably there would otherwise have been some kind of gap in release periods and Hasbro would have wanted to make sure they had something to put out, and if it was in time for Christmas then they defiantly would have wanted a quick and cheap ‘stocking stuffer’ or filler present, or even a buy for people knowing they are going to have to entertain kids/relatives/friends etc over the period - i visited my sister a couple of weeks after Christmas and she had picked up a copy of Cluedo over the holiday period (I never got to see what version it was as we didn’t end up playing it).

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MajorHoy wrote: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:15 am I just noticed something else annoying: while they may have dropped the "New Suspects" label from the box graphics, it looks like they still have the old version of the game board pictured on the box:
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Yeah, I know it's cheaper (sorry, "more cost-effective") for Hasbro not to change that graphic of the game board for the box artwork, but . . .
Except that is the board in this edition. This printing was made some time between the new Houzz bathroom edition & the original Orchid edition, so the Hall is still present. It’s identical to the Orchid edition first launched in 2015/16, except for the size of the cards/board/rules booklet (as detailed at the top).
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Is the Bathroom edition a replacement? I kinda got the impression it was supposed to be but lack of interest turned it into a short-lived one-time thing...

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Elrond wrote: Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:39 pm Is the Bathroom edition a replacement? I kinda got the impression it was supposed to be but lack of interest turned it into a short-lived one-time thing...
Perhaps it was, but like you said, it would probably be short-lived...
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alwaysPeacock wrote: Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:27 pm
MajorHoy wrote: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:15 am I just noticed something else annoying: while they may have dropped the "New Suspects" label from the box graphics, it looks like they still have the old version of the game board pictured on the box:
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Yeah, I know it's cheaper (sorry, "more cost-effective") for Hasbro not to change that graphic of the game board for the box artwork, but . . .
Except that is the board in this edition. This printing was made some time between the new Houzz bathroom edition & the original Orchid edition, so the Hall is still present. It’s identical to the Orchid edition first launched in 2015/16, except for the size of the cards/board/rules booklet (as detailed at the top).
Actually, what I was referring to was the thing you complained about previously: the rotation of the room labels for the Hall and Ballroom. The picture you supplied for the back of the box shows a game board that doesn't have the room labels rotated, though I thought you told us the board inside the box has the labels rotated.

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The artwork also doesn't use the updated cards, with the different placement of the names/box around the names. I mean, it's all similar enough that it doesn't make too much of a difference, but just reusing the exact same artwork is obviously a part of the overall 'cost-effectiveness' of the package.

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