J.J. Abrams also wants to know #WheresRey in Star Wars merch?

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For the past week or so the hot topic right now seems to be where is all the Rey merchandise? Given that Rey is the central character of the new Star Wars trilogy, many fans were outraged that she was noticeably missing from a lot of the film’s new merchandise. Recently, Hasbro along with Target have come under fire for excluding the female Jedi in a lot of the playsets and toys for the film. A call to action was made when it was revealed that  Rey was also missing from the film’s Monopoly board game. A social media campaign began to bring light to this issue and the hashtags #WheresRey and #WhereIsRey began to trend.

One tweet that really made its rounds across the internet is a letter from 8-year-old Annie Rose. A picture of her letter was posted on twitter asking why Hasbro left Rey out of Star Wars: Monopoly.

Hasbro responded to Annie saying that Rey will be included in another version Star Wars: Monopoly that will come out later this year. They also claimed that since the first board game was released months prior to the film and they didn’t want to spoil key plot lines from the film by including Rey.

J.J. Abrams recently addressed the issue at the Television Critics Association’s press tour. The director claims that once he heard the news about the movement, he called Hasbro personally.

“I wish I had more details about merchandising and the schedule. I’m learning things as you are. I will say that it seems preposterous and wrong that the main character of the movie is not well represented in what is clearly a huge piece of the Star Wars world in terms of merchandising. I read that she wasn’t in the Monopoly game and was quickly making phone calls about this because if it were true — and it is true, and now Hasbro, of course, has said they’re going to put Rey in — it doesn’t quite make sense why she wouldn’t be there. She’s somewhat important in the story.”

Hasbro claims to have much more Rey figures in the pipeline to be released in stores although at this time it is not certain when.

Source: EW

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