A certain lack of Rey toys from Star Wars: The Force Awakens spurned the hast tags #WheresRey and #WhereIsRey, setting social media on fire. Then came the new Star Wars Monopoly Game, which swapped Rey out for Darth Vader, a move that was met with outrage. Now, Hasbro is setting out to make this right. Last week they announced Rey would be put back in the Monopoly game. The company also assured fans that a whole bunch of Rey merchandise was heading our way soon. They weren't kidding. Today, EW has our first look at this second wave of The Force Awakens merchandise that is about to show up in stores across the nation.
These all-new toys will start to roll into malls and outlet stores later this month, and they are sure to please fans of the movie. Along with the prominently featured Rey, who is getting her own branded lightsaber, gun and a couple of action figure variants, we are also getting Kylo Ren without his helmet, the first Han Solo action figures, and the coveted Finn in Stormtrooper gear with bloody helmet. If you haven't seen the movie yet, there are some mild spoilers that abound. Paul Southern, head of Lucasfilm licensing, had this to say.
"This new wave of product has got key elements from the film. You see Rey with a saber, her blaster, and a number of other elements we wanted to hold back until the film had been released. The timing is good to try to address some of the social discussion that has been created through the 'Where's Rey?' movement. Rey is clearly the standout character in the film. We always knew that was going to be the case, but the excitement around her is a lot more than we were expecting it to be.""
We have your first look at this Rey merchandise in a set of over 20 new Star Wars toy photos. Perhaps the coolest of which is the new Rey action figure from Hasbro, which shows the former desert scavenger in her new Resistence Outfit, which we don't get to see until the very end of the movie. This figure also comes with the iconic blue lightsaber that used to belong to Luke Skywalker. We also get a toy version of Rey's blaster, which is given to her at Maz Kanata's Castle by Han Solo. And Rey is also getting her own lightsaber toy, which now has a girl model on the packaging. Even though the lightsaber originally belonged to Luke Skywalker, and his father Anakin before him, and we see it returned to Luke at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the packaging clearly has this marked as 'Rey's Lightsaber'. About that, Paul Southern had this to say.
"It's about acknowledging the role the lightsaber plays in the film and the role she plays as the heroine, as well as the role she'll play in the future. Although we don't want to talk about the future too much."
Other Rey toys include a 12-inch action figure and a 20-inch Big-Figs doll. She is also included in the new set of Buildable Figures, appearing alongside Fin, Poe, Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren and a First Order Stormtrooper. A Nesting Doll set includes Rey with Kylo Ren, Finn, Poe and BB-8. And she finally gets her own Galatic Heroes 2-Pack, arriving alongside Captain Phasma. Rounding out the Rey toys is Rey's Speeder from Hot Wheels, which gives kids a cool playable version of the Jakku scavenger vehicle.
Rey isn't the only character getting new toys. The Disney Store is getting a Deluxe Figure Play Set that is exclusive to their outlets. The 10 figure line-up includes Rey, Captain Phasma and General Leia Organa in her gown as seen at the end of the movie. We Also get Poe Dameron in his X-Wing uniform, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Finn, a Flametrooper, BB-8 and Kylo Ren. Speaking of Finn, he is also getting one of the most wanted new action figures from the movie, which features him in his FN-2187 Stormtrooper armor complete with removable blood-stained helmet. Junk dealer Unkar Plutt, played by Simon Pegg, is also getting his own collectable Hasbro action figure. And we're going to see a First Order TIE Pilot as well.
Absent from the first wave of Star Wars Hasbro toys was the aging Han Solo. This next line-up will actually give us a 6-inch Black Series version of the iconic space pirate, complete with grey hair. Finn in his bloodied Stormtrooper uniform is also getting one of these coveted 6-inch action figures.
New LEGO sets include the Resistance Troop Transporter, which General Leia arrived at Maz Canata's Castle in. The set comes with a Leia mini-fig, as well as two Resistance soldiers to keep her company and the iconic Admiral Ackbar. The new LEGO Resistance X-Wing Fighter comes with its very own Snap Wexley mini-fig. Played by J.J. Abrams' best friend Greg Grunberg, you know this will be a favorite toy of the director's. We're also getting a Battle on Takonda LEGO playset, which includes Maz Kanata's Catsle along with a mini-fig of Maz herself. This set also includes an unmasked Kylo Ren, a lightsaber wielding Finn, and everyone's favorite Stormtrooper Nines (aka TR-8R).
Rounding out these new toys is the Kylo Ren Unmasked - Elite Series Die Cast Action Figure, a 7-inch articulated and fully possible rendition of everyone's favorite hero-killing bad guy. Rey and BB-8 are also getting their own Elite Series Die Cast Action Figures, which are available for purchase at the Disney Store. And to wrap it all up, we get a Talking figure in the likeness of everyone's favorite wookie, Chewbacca, who stands 15.5-inches tall and says 15 different phrases, which only Rey and Han can understand. See the entire gallery here.