Rey to be included in Star Wars Monopoly sets after ‘sexism’ claims

‘Rey’ in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Almost two years after the game was released in the US, Rey will finally be included in Hasbro’s Star Wars Monopoly sets.

Rey is the female protagonist in Star Wars: The Force Awakens but Hasbro, the makers of the game, decided to feature four male characters and no females.

Released back in 2015, the monopoly received backlash from fans expecting to see a central character in the game.

Fans took to social media using the hashtag #WheresRey, hitting out at the toy-makers for not including the iconic figure, stating that Hasbro were sexist.

One young fan wrote a letter to Hasbro, stating ‘We are equal, all of us’,  which subsequently went viral.

Hasbro then promised to make “a running change” to include Rey in the game, which would be made available later in the year.

The manufacturers released a statement stating they would include Rey sets in 2016, but last week claimed there was “insufficient interest” from US retailers for Rey sets.

When the Associated Press  asked Hasbro about missing Rey tokens, customer service spokeswoman Julie Duffy said:

“In early 2016, Hasbro updated the 2015 Star Wars: Monopoly game to add a Rey token. 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.”

She denied a request to comment when asked how many people called to request a token.

Hasbro’s website claims the game will be available to purchase with Rey on July 25.

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