Star Wars: The Force Awakens positions Daisy Ridley's Rey as the main hero. Someone that will carry the franchise on into the future. Because of that, many fans were both bewildered and upset that the new Hasbro Monopoly game based on the sequel does not contain a Rey figurine. Why is she missing, replaced by Darth Vader, who isn't physically in the movie, sans for his melted helmet?
Despite Rey being the main protagonist, fans have noticed the Force sensitive Jedi in waiting missing from some other tie-in merchandise as well. But it's this Monopoly set that has some up in arms. The board in question comes with four player tokens, which is less than the usual six that accompany this iconic game. Included are only male characters, John Boyega's Finn, Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker (in his Return of the Jedi costume), Adam Driver's Kylo Ren and Darth Vader as seen in the original trilogy (Not as a Force Ghost).
Rey's mysterious disappearance from toy shelves has caused some fans to become quite vocal. And they've even spawned a couple of hashtags including #WheresRey and #WhereIsRey. The same kind of uproar surged last summer when there was a noticeable lack of Black Widow toys after Avengers: Age of Ultron came out. Both character rights are owned by Disney. So what gives? Hasbro at least has an answer in regards to the Monopoly game. They claim including her would have been a major spoiler. Here is the statement they gave to 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 that she takes on Kylo Ren and joins the Rebel Alliance."
The Hasbro spokesperson went onto point out that Rey is included in the other Hasbro games such as Hands Down, Guess Who, and The Force Awakens Chess. Not only that, they claim more Rey products are on their way. Here's what we can expect in the coming weeks.
"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."
What do you think? Is calling Rey a spoiler a cop out in terms of her exclusion in the Monopoly Game? Is there something bigger going on here? Is it a waste of plastic not to make Rey toys, since boys don't want to play with them? Or is that all hogwash? Chime in with your thoughts below.