Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

'Star Wars Monopoly' Leaves Out Rey Due to 'Insufficient Interest'

'Star Wars Monopoly' Leaves Out Rey Due to 'Insufficient Interest'

While game sets featuring Rey are not being sold in the USA, customers who bought the existing version can request the Rey character piece from customer service.

But that doesn't mean anyone at your next game night can play as the saga's newest Jedi - Hasbro did make an updated version of Star Wars: Monopoly that included a Rey figure, only to scrap the whole idea before it could reach any US shelves.

Despite Hasbro's promise to consumers that they would update the latest edition of Star Wars Monopoly to include a Rey token (after receiving complaints from fans), the games now sold in USA stores do not have the new piece due to "insufficient interest". It seems that the Rey figures were made and distributed to "retailers in several markets around the world", according to a statement from Duffy, but not in the United States due to "insufficient interest". Duffy also pointed out that sets including the Rey piece were made openly available in five markets (including the United Kingdom and France) but when the AP caught up with one family that recently bought the game in the U.K., no Rey was included.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Hasbro spokeswoman Jane Duffy said that the company did indeed produce a Rey figure for Monopoly, but did not release a new version of the full game in the US because of what she called "insufficient interest." . That self-imposed deadline has since passed, but this week the Associated Press noticed that Star Wars Monopoly games at USA retailers were still lacking Rey.

The backlash first began back in 2015, when the first edition of the game was released including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Finn, and Kylo Ren - but no Rey, even though she obviously played a major role in the film (some would say THE major role).

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Goldman posted Annie Rose's letter on Twitter in January 2016. As Goldman points out, it's not something the average consumer would know to do.

In this January 2016 photo provided by Carrie Goldman, her daughter, Annie Rose, holds a letter in Evanston, Ill., that she wrote to Hasbro asking why the female character Rey was omitted from a Monopoly set based on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", when she is a main character and crucial to the story.

"Without her THERE IS NO FORCE AWAKENS!". Rose wrote. "And without her, the bad guys would have won!"

She's one of the, if not the, most important characters of the current films. "You'd expect to have a female character at least".

Whether retailers will ask for the Rey version of Monopoly when she appears in December's The Last Jedi remains to be seen.

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