Rey is the undisputed star of TheÂ Force Awakens (even those bros who say the movie was â€œthe equivalent of auto-castrationâ€ are really just testifying to her power), but predictably, she and her fellow badass Captain Phasma have been conspicuously absent from a lot of the filmâ€™sÂ merchandise so far.
Their frequent omission isnâ€™t surprising, considering Hasbro and retailersâ€™ terrible history of ignoring female fans, but it seems like #WheresRey might be answered a little faster than #WheresBlackWidow or #WheresGamora.
8-year-old The Force Awakens fan Annie Roseâ€™s letter about the exclusion of Rey from the most recent Star WarsÂ Monopoly set recently made its way to Hasbro, who explained over Twitter why they chose not to include Rey in the game, which was released this past September:
â€” Carrie Goldman (@CarrieMGoldman) January 4, 2016
â€” Hasbro (@HasbroNews) January 5, 2016
Iâ€™m prettyÂ incredulous that Hasbro wouldnâ€™t have found a way to include Rey in more pre-release merchandise if they really appreciated the selling power of great female representation. I respect that they couldnâ€™t offer Rey toys that feature her in all her lightsaber-wielding glory, considering the brouhaha that unfolded in December when Force-sensitive Rey action figures somehow hit Wal-Mart shelves, but then why not include scavenger Rey in Star WarsÂ Monopoly or early action figure sets? (Aside from, you know, the obvious answer of â€œsexism.â€) Without Rey, there isnâ€™t really a Force Awakensâ€“it seems like it defeats the purpose to sell a toy thatâ€™s supposed to represent the entire universe of the movie but doesnâ€™t include its star.
Still, Iâ€™m glad that Hasbro at least seems to appreciate the power of Rey and apparently plans to offer more of her products beginning this month. In the meantime, if you understandably canâ€™t wait that long to own some merchandise of your favorite space warrior, The Nerdy Bird has a comprehensive list of Rey products available for purchase right now.
(via Jill Pantozzi on Twitter)
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