Since the film was mainly made to attract a new fan base, it introduced several new characters like Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Rey (Daisy Ridley).
While all the new characters have been great additions to the franchise, toy companies like Hasbro have already received some flak for not including Rey in most of their merchandise.
We thought they’d learn their mistake the first time around, but apparently Hasbro is at it again and they somehow left out Ridley’s character AGAIN… this time in their Star Wars-themed Monopoly game.
According to the the description on the toy company’s website, the game only features four player tokens, all of which are male — Finn, Luke, Kylo Ren, and Darth Vader.
Looking past the fact that Darth Vader doesn’t even appear in The Force Awakens, it’s ABSURD not to include ANY female characters! Plus, if they didn’t want to include Rey for whatever reason, it’s not like they didn’t have other choices in the forms of General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) or the newly added Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie)!
As with Hasbro’s previous flub in lacking female characters — specifically Rey — fans have taken to social media to express their outrage with hashtags such as #WheresRey and #WhereIsRey.
Upon receiving so much backlash, Hasbro responded to Entertainment Weekly with a statement saying:
“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.”
She’s the main character of the movie… of course she’s gonna be involved in the plot — that’s not really a spoiler.
The spokesperson went to to point out that Rey is in many Hasbro games like Guess Who, their Star Wars chess set and said:
“Fans will see more Rey product hitting store shelves this month, including 6-inch and 12-inch Rey action figures. We are thrilled with the popularity of this compelling character and will continue to look for ways to showcase Rey across all of our product lines.”
Honestly, it seems like a BS excuse to use as there were DEFINITELY ways to include Rey in the game without spoiling anything.
What do you think of Hasbro’s “reasoning“?
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