Okay, so I’m going to try to come at this situation from both sides because honestly, I don’t see any clear answer. Hasbro has released a six action figure set from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to be sold at Target. Included characters are Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Finn, Poe Dameron, a First Order Stormtrooper, and a First Order TIE Fighter pilot. Noticeably absent: Rey. Not to make a big deal about nothing, but Rey has been positioned as the main protagonist in Force Awakens. She doesn’t make the cut, but two random storm troopers do? We get two of the big new protagonists and the one male villain, but not (arguably, along with Finn) the movie’s main character?As I stated, however, I’m trying to look at this situation from both sides. Surely there will be more action figure sets made; just because Rey isn’t in THIS one, doesn’t mean she won’t be in ANY of them. It’s just disheartening I suppose. What it seems like on the surface is that Hasbro wanted to (once again) create a product that catered to the male fan base; assuming that if a group of boys will buy this set and that none of them will want to play as Rey.
But the key word here is still “assume.” I’m giving Hasbro the benefit of the doubt here (for now) and trusting (however naively) that they aren’t still as blissfully unaware of such blatant sexism as when they left Black Widow out of their Avengers merch, or Gamora out of Guardians of the Galaxy merch . You CAN buy Rey figures seperately- but why does Hasbro have to seperate her? I make a point to say Hasbro here because there are other figure sets from other companies that include Rey with other male figures. Just not this one.
People are of course airing their opinions out all over the Twitter-verse- many using the hashtag #WheresRey; but I personally am going to hold back until more information comes forth. Hasbro has yet to comment on the matter, but there HAS to be some sort of reasoning… doesn’t there? (Please, let there be a sound explaination!)