‘Star Wars’ Monopoly Game to Add Rey After Controversy

Star Wars The Force Awakens Rey
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Rey is awakening the force in the new “Star Wars”-themed Monopoly game.

After facing public outcry for excluding Daisy Ridley’s female lead in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from the classic board game, Hasbro has decided to include her in the latest edition of Star Wars: Monopoly.

“We love our fans’ passion for Rey, and are happy to share that we will be including her in the Monopoly: Star Wars game, available later this year,” the company said in a statement released on Facebook and Twitter late Tuesday night.

We love our fans’ passion for Rey, and are happy to share that we will be including her in the Monopoly: Star Wars game, available later this year.

Posted by Hasbro Gaming on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Hasbro previously said that the Monopoly game, which was released in September, didn’t feature Rey in order to avoid spoilers.

“The Star Wars: Monopoly game was released in September, months before the movie’s release, and Rey was not included to avoid revealing a key plot line that she takes on Kylo Ren and joins the Rebel Alliance,” the company initially said on Monday. “Fans will see more Rey product hitting store shelves this month, including 6-inch and 12-inch Rey action figures. We are thrilled with the popularity of this compelling character and will continue to look for ways to showcase Rey across all of our product lines.”

The game currently features Finn, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader figures. The updated version will be sold later this year.

Rey has been left out of other “Force Awakens” toys and merchandise as well. She was MIA in a six-pack of action figures and a Millennium Falcon play set. “Star Wars” fans took to Twitter to voice concerns about the underrepresentation of Rey, tweeting complaints with the hashtags #WheresRey.

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  1. Ummm.... says:

    Daisy is heavenly.

  2. It doesn’t matter. I got the game, it’s shit :D

  3. JCT says:

    Wahhhhh. There’s not enough cheese in the world to go along with all this whine. In the original posters for the movie, Finn and Ren were pictured with the lightsabres. So when they chose characters for the game, they chose two “Sith” – old school Vader and new school Ren. For “Jedi”, they chose old school Luke, and new school Finn – based on what the available info was at that point. Mystery solved. Please stop sucking the joy out of life with all these ridiculous anti-female conspiracies. It’s pathetic.

  4. MKT says:

    “If I were you all, I’d be buying up these Monopoly games without Rey; a valued item for a Stars Wars collector or the eBay seller. Get one now before the price goes up ;-)”

    True enough, except that also plays into the hands of the marketing development: sell more games. Star Wars fans will want to buy the new version because it has the more complete set of characters. Collectors will want to buy the old version. Everybody pays, and Hasbro wins.

    It’s similar to how professional sports teams now change the design of their uniforms every couple of seasons now (or even multiple times per season in the case of some football teams). Sell more jerseys, t-shirts, and other memorabilia.

  5. Landobcool says:

    I think this is pure marketing genius for the Disney and Hasbro franchises; they knew exactly what they were doing.
    Hmmmm…leave out the main character, who happens to be female, which in turn, sparks the controversy and you got yourself some free publicity and spiked franchise profit (when they do come out with the “Rey” merchandise). If I were you all, I’d be buying up these Monopoly games without Rey; a valued item for a Stars Wars collector or the eBay seller. Get one now before the price goes up ;-)

  6. megabigBLUR says:

    The “spoiler” excuse is straight up lies as Rey was in the trailers from the beginning. Did you know Disney bought Star Wars to sell toys to boys, supposedly to “balance” their Disney Princess brand so that explains why you see virtually no Rey toys.

  7. Lynn says:

    Wait…how would it have spoiled the movie to include a Rey piece?

  8. Jedi77 says:

    Remind me, is it 2016 or 1966?
    For the love of God people, get your shit together. SHE IS THE MAIN CHARACTER!

  9. Kate says:

    We didn’t know if Finn was a good guy or a bad guy from the trailers, but it’s not a spoiler to include him in the game. But it’s a spoiler to include Rey because we don’t know that she ends up fighting Kylo Ren? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  10. Helen says:

    Leaving her out because they say it would have spoiled the movie is such a lie. She was in the trailers for goodness sake. They just didn’t think a woman would sell as a toy and they were wrong.

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