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    “As disappointing as it was to see Rey left out of the Target six-pack of The Force Awakens figures, it came as an even bigger shock when fans discovered Hasbro’s popular Star Wars: The Force Awakens Battle Action Millennium Falcon set  comes with a light-up Millennium Falcon, a BB-8, a Finn, a Chewbacca…and no Rey. [Hey, she’s only the PILOT - PF]

    “Command the Millennium Falcon and strike against the formidable power of the First Order,” reads the Hasbro product description, accompanied by the image of a young boy playing with the set. “Imagine its amazing stealth as it dodges asteroids and blasts enemies. Its movie-accurate decoration helps capture the excitement of the latest saga.”

    The omission of Rey from the Millennium Falcon—the ship that she flies in several key Force Awakens scenes—drew sharp criticism from fans. It reminded them too well of how Star Wars studio Disney similarly treated Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow this year in its male-centric rollout of Avengers toys. Despite playing a crucial role in the Avengers team of superheroes, Black Widow was included in only a fraction of Disney and Marvel’s official merchandising.

    More problematically, like Rey, Black Widow was rewritten out of her out of her own scene in Age of Ultron products depicting her motorcycle-flying sequence, replaced by Captain America and Iron Man. Toy partner Hasbro did the same to Gamora, the lone female hero of Guardians of the Galaxy, who could only be found on a handful of officially licensed items despite the fact that 44 percent of the Marvel ensemble’s opening weekend audience were female.

    “It’s frustrating and stuff, and it bums me out,” added Guardians director James Gunn of the Gamora toy snafu. “I had a big conversation about this yesterday with one of my producers at Marvel about trying to make sure, especially, that Gamora is represented more in [merchandise] and all the Guardians toys.”

    But the difference between Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Force Awakens is that in the Star Wars sequel Rey isn’t just one member of an ensemble of heroes: She’s literally the lead character.”

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    This is why my son has his own Monster High and Rapunzel stuff. If “boy toy” lines keep neglecting female characters, I will keep giving him mine.


    You know, I can’t believe that even when a woman is literally the Main Character, she still gets left out of the toys and merch. What about all the kids- and yes, all the little girls- who went to see Star Wars and want to have a Rey figure to play with because finally have a chance to pretend to be a jedi of their own gender? I mean, we’re talking about the first main female Jedi in history on the big screen, mainstream media, and we don’t get the same basic toys that the side-side wookie and side-robot get.


    When I went Christmas shopping on Wednesday Rey was picked over EVERYWHERE. If there was a Rey in the set, they either only had one or two left or they had none, whereas it was easy to find a good amount of the other characters. At the Disney Store I even asked if they had a Rey in their super-nice diecast figure line, because they seriously had about twenty left of each of the rest of the set, and they told me no, she sold out before the movie even came out and as that was only five days before, they hadn’t restocked.