Does Star Wars Have a Woman Problem?
**Update Jan 5, 1109am** “The Star Wars: Monopoly game was released in September, months before the movie’s release,” a statement from Hasbro reads. “Rey was not included to avoid revealing a key plot line that she takes on Kylo Ren and joins the Rebel Alliance.”
“The Force Awakens” is set to smash nearly every conceivable box office record there could be, but there seems to be a nagging problem with the marketing of this juggernaut. Despite fearlessly showcasing Daisy Ridley (Rey) as the main character (and possibly second only to “Snoke” in speculation and buzz on social media) in the film, her action figure is being curiously omitted from several sets of toys.
Walmart, Target, and Toys R Us would not disclose to Geeks Speak how much money they earned on “Force Friday”, but several managers told me they were “stunned” or “overwhelmed” at the turnout when fans flocked to their stores to buy Star Wars merchandise. The financial impact must have been equaling stunning.
But in recent weeks, stories have come to us from fans noticing a disturbing trend. The hashtag #wheresrey is springing up as people notice her absence. Although Kylo Ren, BB-8, and Finn are selling well, fans are clamoring for the lightsaber wielding, scrappy, main character that just about stole the show.
Most recently, the outrage hit new levels when “Star Wars Monopoly” was announced, showing Finn, Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Finn. True, this is not a “Force Awakens” Monopoly set, but it is still curious that three saber wielding characters are there, but Rey is left out. All the characters in the game are also male.
A Star Wars figure pack released by Target also failed to include Rey, the main character, but they did manage to squeeze in a TIE fighter pilot and a generic stormtrooper.
To add to the curiosity, a Millennium Falcon set was released…also missing Rey. This oddity stands out because she flies the famed ship in several scenes, including the final journey to find Luke Skywalker.
Even prior to the movie’s release, Star Wars fans were scratching their heads when a Rebels play set was released and featured only male characters, despite several females playing very strong roles in the show.
Despite the lead of “The Force Awakens” being a woman, the character in the center of a “Rogue One” movie promo being a woman, several prominent women being in “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels”, the “Her Universe” line of clothing and jewelry taking off, and the president of Lucasfilm herself being a woman, the question has to be asked…
Does Star Wars have a woman problem?