Do not pass GO or collect $200 until you've read director J.J. Abrams' reactions and comments on the head-scratching omission of Rey as a player token in the new Star Wars Monopoly game. On hand in Pasadena this past weekend at the Television Critics Association press tour promoting his new Hulu series, 11.22.63, Abrams made it abundantly clear that he was as baffled as everyone on the strange exclusion and recounted his thoughts upon hearing the news:
“I read that she wasn’t in the Monopoly game and I was quickly making phone calls about this,” he said. “Because if it were true — and it is true — and now Hasbro has said, ‘We’re going to put Rey in.’ It doesn’t quite make sense to me why she wouldn’t be there. She’s somewhat important in the story.”
The classic real-estate trading game came with four playable pieces: Finn, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker from Return of the Jedi, and Darth Vader. Even though this particular edition, offered in the midst of the first wave of The Force Awakens' merchandising blitz, was actually meant to span the saga’s complete history, not Episode VII directly, many faithful followers were offended by the fact that Daisy Ridley's Rey was left out.
Hasbro responded with their version of the decision by wanting to downplay Rey's role in the overall arc of the Star Wars saga when the game was released back in September, and that including her would have revealed a vital plot point in the new film. However, that only enflamed the ire of fans, resulting in the toy maker's announcement the next day that they would include the popular key figure in all subsequent The Force Awakens Monopoly editions.
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Abrams had some strong feelings on the trending topic but was he just siding with rabid fans over the omission of a poorly crafted plastic figure and doesn't this fracas melt into nothingness in the face of more important issues in the world?