Hasbro has come under fire this week for excluding Daisy Ridley’s character of Rey from the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” tie-in Monopoly game. The game allows players to choose between four characters from the Star Wars universe with Finn, Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren and Darth Vader represented.
If this were a one-off it wouldn’t have gained traction, but it follows in the wake of numerous complaints lobbed against Disney in the past year or two for its handling of tie-in film toys and the noticable lack of featured female characters amongst them.
These include Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in various “Avengers: Age of Ultron” tie-in toys along with another ‘Force Awakens’ set that has Rey noticeably missing. Issuing a statement to EW, Hasbro says:
“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… 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.”
There’ll be more on this as it develops.