Hasbro’s Star Wars Monopoly Has Fans Asking: Where’s Rey?
Rey, the hero of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (played by Daisy Ridley), is missing from a whole bunch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens-licensed games and toy sets. Why? The Internet has a hunch that it’s because she’s a woman, and it has fans asking, Where is Rey?
The latest egregious example of this is that Finn and Kylo Ren (played by BAFTA Rising Star-nominated John Boyega and Adam Driver) are included as figurines in the SW: TFA Monopoly game, but not Rey. But she’s also missing from this toy set at Target:
— Jamie Ford (@JamieFord) November 12, 2015
Can I also point out that there’s a rando Stormtrooper in there, but also no Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), the franchise’s first real female villain?
Hasbro has released this terrible excuse for an excuse as their reasoning for excluding Rey from the Monopoly game: “The Star Wars: Monopoly game was released in September, months before the movie’s release, and Rey was not included to avoid revealing a key plot line that she takes on Kylo Ren and joins the Rebel Alliance.” Oh, yeah, because Rey’s involvement with the Rebel Alliance wasn’t a foregone conclusion and it was definitely the big, spoiler-y plot point of the film. (It’s not.) Sure, Hasbro. Besides – it’s not like Finn’s siding with the Rebel Alliance was clear from the trailer, so why is he featured as a figurine?
Hasbro is assuring fans that Rey will be featured in TFA Guess Who and chess sets, but who cares? Monopoly is (actually!) the world’s most popular board game. Instead of excusing themselves, Hasbro could, you know, fix it.
In the meantime, fans can keep sending the message by continuing to sell out Rey’s Black Series figurine, because believe it or not, female characters do sell well.