"Star Wars" Monopoly finally, finally adds demanded Rey figure

Hasbro now offers a "Star Wars" Monopoly set for sale in the U.S. that includes the character Rey after complaints

Published July 20, 2017 1:46PM (EDT)

Daisy Ridley as Rey in "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" (Lucasfilm)
Daisy Ridley as Rey in "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" (Lucasfilm)

Fans of the new "Star Wars" films and its lead character, Rey, will finally get to play as her in "The Force Awakens" Monopoly game. Hasbro, the maker of the board game, updated the set 18 months after it inexplicably left out Daisy Ridley's popular character who is arguably the lead of the film.

Rey's absence in the game stirred immediate outrage online and led to this glorious letter from an eight-year-old girl who could not comprehend why her favorite character was excluded.

In response to the letter and mass outcry, Hasbro told customers in January 2016 that it would add Rey to future editions, the Huffington Post reported. Annie Rose, who penned the letter, had to wait until she turned 10 before the new version with Rey became available online.

The original version of the game only included all-male characters: Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Finn and Kylo Ren. Again, three of those characters are arguably supporting roles and the forth doesn't even appear in the film.

The Associated Press reached out to Hasbro earlier this month to inquire about the status of the Rey token, which had not yet been added to the game.

The toy maker's response did not appease any fans.

"In early 2016, Hasbro updated the 2015 Star Wars: Monopoly game to add a Rey token,"Julie Duffy, a Hasboro spokesperson told the AP in an email. "This product was sold to retailers in several markets around the world but is not available for sale in the U.S. due to insufficient interest."

Duffy told the AP that Hasbro offered the updated version of the game to U.S. retailers, but "retailers had ample inventory so they did not choose to sell the new version." She added that fans who had already purchased the game could "obtain the Rey token by contacting Hasbro Consumer Care when the updated game becomes available later this year."

It appears that after much wrestling and odd dismissiveness, Hasbro has finally seen the light.

By Taylor Link

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