January 6, 2016


New 'Star Wars Monopoly' Adding Heroine Rey After Complaints

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Back in September, Monopoly—the board game that's reportedly about making money and buying property, but who can really tell with all these cartoon characters and movie themes now, like where is Boardwalk even?—put out its updated Star Wars edition as The Force Awakens fever swelled. Tiny metal player pieces included classic characters Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader as well as newbies Finn and Kylo Ren. Not included: Rey, the star of the new movie.

"While Daisy Ridley's character is without a doubt the protagonist of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there's been a real dearth of Rey-themed merchandise on the market, leading fans to create a #WhereIsRey hashtag," the Cut writes. Incredible, widely shared example:

So, lo and behold, after this great disturbance in the Force, Rey will now be a Star Wars Monopoly character, as revealed on Twitter in response to several fans deploring the Reylessness:

Previously, the toy company behind Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Risk, Mouse Trap and the rest of your childhood family-bringer-togethers issued a statement directly to young Annie (light The Force Awakens spoilers follow):

“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 ... 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.”

Before the box office crusher premiered, director and co-writer J.J. Abrams expressed his hope that the team had made a Star Wars movie that would include and invite female viewers more deftly than the previous six films had. Rey ended up kicking more ass than anyone in the movie by 12 parsecs, so...