This New Star Wars Monopoly Game Has Fans Furious

January 5, 2016, 5:48 PM UTC
Hasbro Announces New Monopoly Playing Figure
FAIRFAX, CA - FEBRUARY 06: In this photo illustration, The Monopoly iron and race car game pieces are displayed on February 6, 2013 in Fairfax, California. Toy maker Hasbro, Inc. announced today that fans of the board game Monopoly voted in an online contest to eliminate the iron playing figure and replace it with a cat figure. The cat game piece received 31 percent of the online votes to beat out four other contenders, a robot, diamond ring, helicopter and guitar. (Photo illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Photograph by Justin Sullivan — Getty Images

Star Wars: The Force Awakens may revolve around the disappearance of Luke Skywalker, but some fans of the space fantasy are up in arms over the absence of another character — Daisy Ridley’s Rey.

Although the plucky young space scavenger is the undisputed protagonist of The Force Awakens, she’s conspicuously missing from some tie-in merchandise, including a new Star Wars-themed Monopoly game.

According to a description on the Hasbro website, the game features four player tokens, all of whom are male characters: John Boyega’s Finn, Mark Hamill’s Luke, Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, and Darth Vader (who doesn’t appear in The Force Awakens).

In recent weeks, Star Wars fans have been vocal about an apparent lack of Rey tie-in toys, spawning hashtags such as #WheresRey and #WhereIsRey. (Last summer, Marvel fans — and even a prominent Marvel actor — similarly complained about Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow being shut out of Avengers merch.)

Reached for comment, a Hasbro spokesperson said in a statement to EW, “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 spokesperson added that Rey is featured in several Hasbro games, including Hands Down, Guess Who, and chess, and that “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.”

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