Hasbro were criticised by fans for leaving Daisy Ridley character out of 'The Force Awakens' edition
Producers of the Star Wars Monopoly have said that their decision to omit female character Rey from the Force Awakens version of the game was based on avoiding spoilers for fans.
As reported, Hasbro came in for criticism from fans of the film after the film’s lead character (played by British actress Daisy Ridley) was left out of a new version of the game released to tie-in with the blockbuster.
The game comes with four player pieces, including rogue stormtrooper Finn and Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens plus Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from previous films. The Twitter hashtag #WheresRey was launched to complain about the ommission.
Responding to the outrage, Hasbro explained that they feared putting Rey into their game would reveal the extent to which she is featured in the film and potentially spoil the title for fans. They did, however, add that Rey will feature in a new edition of the game and that the character will also be the subject of individual action figures.
“The Star Wars: Monopoly game was released in September, months before the movie’s release, and Rey was not included to avoid revealing a key plot line that she takes on Kylo Ren and joins the Rebel Alliance,” a spokesperson said. “Fans will see more Rey product hitting store shelves this month, including six-inch and 12-inch Rey action figures. We are thrilled with the popularity of this compelling character and will continue to look for ways to showcase Rey across all of our product lines.”
This was reiterated on Twitter
Since its release on December 17, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has taken over £97million at the UK box office and is currently the second-highest-grossing film in UK and Irish box-office history.