One of the things that impressed many moviegoers upon seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the strength of Rey, portrayed by Daisy Ridley. While some fans were naturally divided on this sentiment, many considered her to be among the strongest female heroes of 2015. As such, it seems as if she’d be showing up in quite a bit of merchandise.
If you’re familiar with the hashtags #WheresRey or #WhereIsRey, then you already know that many were disappointed by her failure to appear on toy store shelves with the same frequency as other characters such as John Boyega’s Finn or Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. Now, fans are lodging the same complaint against Hasbro’s recent Force Awakens Monopoly game after discovering that they don’t have the option to pass GO and collect one half-portion as their favorite desert-dwelling scavenger.
Not only does the game fail to feature Rey, but two of its characters—Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader—did not even have significant screen time in the film. Between Luke’s outfit and the fact that Vader is more than a charred and disembodied head, the figures included in the Monopoly set are clearly based on the original Star Wars films as opposed to the newest one. Many found it baffling that Hasbro would elect to include these characters while leaving out Rey, currently one of the most celebrated heroines in modern cinema.
As it turns out, there’s at least an explanation. A Hasbro spokesperson tells Entertainment Weekly:
“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….”
While this is sensible, many fans were still disappointed by the decision when they picked up their board games after seeing the film. Fortunately for them, the same spokesperson promises that Rey has been included in a number of other board games, while she is also receiving new action figures in the coming months.
“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.”
This statement may have been a simple dice roll to bail Hasbro out of jail for the Monopoly fiasco, but Rey fans should still be happy to hear that the character’s presence in Star Wars merchandise will be greatly expanded in the weeks and months to come.