Scott Brown
June 21, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Monopoly: Elvis 25th Anniversary Collectors’ Edition ($39.95) What do you give the Elvis fan who has everything? A bronzed, half-finished peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich from the King’s fabled ”Lost Leftovers” vault, that’s what. But if you can’t manage that, you might try this newest ”themed” Monopoly game from USA-OPOLY, the same people who invited the Simpsons, Scooby-Doo, and the Justice League of America to squat on poor old Mr. Monopoly’s turf. In the King’s version, Boardwalk is, of course, Graceland; the green houses are Tupelos (referring to Presley’s boyhood home), and the formerly red hotels (now white mansions) are called Gracelands. Yes, that means you can build a Graceland on Graceland. Logic is (quite appropriately) beside the point in the world of Elvis Monopoly: Real-estate spaces have been rechristened with the names of albums, concert venues, public appearances, you name it. But who cares? You’ve got a pewter ”sunglasses” game token! Only one regret: The estate-sanctioned game does not indulge in any Elvis irony, so don’t bother looking for cards marked ”Shoot television set — pay $100” or ”Make narc deal with Nixon — go directly to infamy.”

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