Last Updated on January 3, 2020 by Danielle
Rey, the lead in the Star Wars: Force Awakens, was surprisingly omitted from Star Wars toy line.
Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, was a central figure in the latest Star Wars movie. She was an experienced pilot who pilots and repairs the film’s coolest spaceship, the Millennium Falcon. She was a great strong role model for girls, kicking some serious spaceship behind. In the movie, Rey was as important as Finn.
Star Wars fans noticed that Rey was missing from the merchandise that hit store shelves. In the Star Wars themed Monopoly play set there’s Finn, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader. Can you guess who is missing? Rey!
The Guardian first broke the controversial story, highlighting that less prominent characters are appearing over Rey. Some toys even include characters that didn’t make the film’s final cut.
It’s not just Star Wars Monopoly. The Star Wars Millennium Falcon play set includes Chewbacca, Finn, and BB-8, but no Rey. The Stars Wars figure pack includes six characters but Rey is not one of them.
On Twitter, Star Wars fans are keeping track of toys missing Rey under the hashtash #WheresRey.
Fans really want to know is there more to this story. Did Hasbro intentionally omit Rey because it considered Star Wars toys to be mainly toys for boys and not really toys for girls? Did they believe that boys don’t play with girl action figures and girls don’t play with Star Wars toys? Other recent action films have also come under fire for only focusing on male characters like the Avengers and Guardians Of the Galaxy.
Disney has since revealed that the demand for Rey will be met with a second wave of Star Wars toys that will feature Rey. According to Disney, Rey was not included because it wanted to avoid any spoilers by revealing the character too early in the toy line.
However, according to a report in Hypable, Hasbro intentionally left out Rey. Has Hasbro listened to the feedback and did they think she wouldn’t sell initially?