#WheresRey? Hasbro Backs Down After Excluding Rey from Star Wars Monopoly
If having a girl be the most important character in potential-highest-grossing-film-of-all-time “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” isn’t enough to get the character her own toys, we’ve got ourselves a problem.
Hasbro was left scrambling to appease “Star Wars” fans for not including Rey as a character in its new edition of Star Wars Monopoly. Players can choose one of four characters to move around the board: Luke Skywalker, Finn, Kylo Ren, and Darth Vader – who isn’t even in “The Force Awakens,” unless you count one shot of his empty melted helmet. But you can’t play as Rey, who is the main character and hero of the movie.
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.
This doesn’t make a lot of sense. How does acknowledging a character exists spoil a key plot line? It’s not like tokens in Monopoly are divided into heroes and villains, either – everyone is trying to beat everyone else.
Fortunately, Hasbro quickly caved and agreed to add Rey to the lineup in an updated version later this year. (Not sure if you’ll be able to buy Rey separately if you’ve already bought the game.) A Hasbro representative also pointed to many other products that feature the heroine, including Hands Down, Guess Who and Chess.
This is far from an isolated incident. There was a similar controversy a few months ago when a set of Target action figures from “The Force Awakens” featured Finn, Chewbacca and a random Stormtrooper…but no Rey. That girl can’t catch a break.