The #WheresRey movement is picking up steam again following the release of the new iteration of Star Wars Monopoly, which features characters from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." As reported by Gizmodo, the newest version of the "Star Wars" board game features four playable characters: Finn, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. The lack of Rey, the lead character from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," has caused many fans to be upset -- as evidenced by this letter from an 8-year-old fan that's making the rounds on Twitter.
— Carrie Goldman (@CarrieMGoldman) January 4, 2016
The news comes following much discussion about Rey's role in the larger "Star Wars" merchandising line. Despite playing a major role in "The Force Awakens," the character was left out of one set of large figures sold at Target, which included generic stormtrooper and TIE fighter pilot figures over any of the prominent female characters in the movie -- one of which is the chrome-plated stormtrooper Captain Phasma.
The Monopoly issue is drawing ire since -- spoiler alert -- neither Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker play a major role in "The Force Awakens." Only Darth Vader's helmet is seen in the film and Luke only appears in the very final scene, where he does not speak and is on screen for less than a minute. Rey, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Poe Dameron and General Leia all have significantly more screentime than either Luke or Vader. It could be argued that Vader and Luke were paired with Finn and Kylo Ren to represent a pair of good and evil characters from two eras of the franchise. But, despite marketing prior to the film's release implying that "Force Awakens'" resident Jedi would be Finn, the film itself reveals Rey to be the lightsaber-welding protagonist that goes up against Kylo Ren in the final battle. And if the set was meant to be indicative of the entire "Star Wars" mythology, no characters from the prequel trilogy are among the foursome.
Research has been done into the #WheresRey issue. Jill Pantozzi of The Nerdy Bird published an extensive list of all the Rey merchandise that's available, which ranges from Micro Machines and 3.75" figures to t-shirts, journals and more. Since #WheresRey also tracks the lack of availability of Rey merchandise in stores, even if it does exist, MTV's Victoria McNally determined that Rey merchandise is seemingly impossible to find because it's selling out in stores.
(via Legion of Leia)