It’s no secret that Disney (and toy companies in general) have a problem with putting out “girl toys” in a “boys” market. Male superhero toys outnumber female heroes by a mile, and though Rey is a key player in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seems she is also getting the short end of the stick.
Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
As anyone who has seen the film is well aware, Rey is the hero of The Force Awakens. She’s very strong in the Force, and dukes it out with Kylo Ren in that final battle, after Finn is knocked unconscious (good try, though, dude). So, it would stand to reason Rey would be featured in the new Force Awakens edition of Monopoly, right? Well, no.
Instead of Rey, the game features Kylo Ren, Finn, Luke and Darth Vader (WTF?) as playable tokens. Which, sure — Luke and Vader are major canonical characters, but c’mon. Mark Hamill was in The Force Awakens for approximately 30 seconds, and the closest Vader came to a comeback was a brief shot of his melted helmet. This is a movie about the new generation, and Rey epitomizes that. It’s ridiculous for her to be left out of a set like this.
It’s worth noting Hasbro has issued a statement in response to the backlash, noting the game was released in September, and including Rey would’ve revealed a “key plot line that she takes on Kylo Ren and joins the Rebel Alliance.” But would it have, though? Sure, if you have her brandishing a lightsaber, that’s a reveal. But, she also used a blaster in the film, and a staff, so arm her with those. Or, don’t even give her a weapon at all. Just include her.
The company notes Rey is included in other games, and promised more toys featuring Rey will be hitting shelves now that the film is out. That's awesome. Kudos. Did Rey’s super secret role in the film play a factor in all of this, as Hasbro claims? Sure, probably. But, even if that is part of the reason they dropped her from sets like this (she’s also absent from several playsets, which instead feature all-male characters), it’s not a good enough excuse.
They can’t be so blind to the history surrounding omissions like this, to the point the main character of the movie is replaced by two holdovers from the original trilogy (one of which has been dead for 30 years). It’s okay for girls to kick butt and be heroes, too. Now, give me my Monopoly booster set so Daisy Ridley and I can take over the galaxy.