'Star Wars' Fans Upset About Male-centric Monopoly Pieces
"Star Wars" fans are upset that Rey, one of the starring characters of "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens," has been left out of merchandising, such as action figure sets, and that merchandisers have focused too heavily on male characters. Now, fans are upset that Rey is not included as a playing piece in the "Star Wars" Monopoly board game, and have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions using the hashtag #whereisrey.
— Mike Caulfield (@holden) December 22, 2015
No Rey figure in Star Wars Monopoly either? Come on, Hasbro. Do better! #whereisrey
— Christine (@C_Cartwright) January 5, 2016
According to Polygon, Hasbro responded to complaints, claiming that they left Rey out of the board game specifically to avoid potential spoilers (don't worry, Promo Marketing is a spoiler-free zone). The game includes only male characters as game pieces—Luke Skywalker, Finn, Darth Vader and Kylo Ren.
Hasbro claimed that the board game was released in September, three months before the film's release, and that Rey was not included "to avoid revealing a key plot line" in the film.
Hopefully, with the huge assortment of "Star Wars" merchandise, fans can see Rey represented in more items.