Where’s Rey?

De­spite Mo­nop­oly maker’s prom­ise, the fe­male char­ac­ter is still miss­ing from spe­cial edi­tion of the game

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Where’s the char­ac­ter Rey in the “Star Wars” ver­sion of Mo­nop­oly? In a land far, far away, ap­par­ently.

Eigh­teen months af­ter gamemaker Has­bro Inc. promised to add the fe­male char­ac­ter to the game by the fall of 2016, an Illi­nois girl who wrote to the com­pany to say “girls mat­ter” is still wait­ing. Oth­ers are, too.

Af­ter in­quiries from The As­so­ci­ated Press this week, the Paw­tucket-based com­pany said it made the Rey piece but sets with Rey weren’t avail­able for sale in the U.S. Peo­ple who bought the all-male game can re­quest a Rey from cus­tomer ser­vice, spokes­woman Julie Duffy said Wed­nes­day.

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

Duffy said the com­pany of­fered the up­dated ver­sion of the game to U.S. re­tail­ers but “re­tail­ers had am­ple in­ven­tory so they did not choose to sell the new ver­sion.”

She said the game with a Rey piece was made avail­able in five mar­kets, in­clud­ing the United King­dom and France, though the AP found one fam­ily that re­cently bought the game in the United King­dom and no Rey was in­cluded. Duffy said the com­pany has ful­filled 99 re­quests for the Rey to­ken in the U.S. and 10 in Canada.

Has­bro said it would add a Rey char­ac­ter in Jan­uary 2016, amid an on­line out­cry that car­ried the hashtag #Wheres­Rey.

“We love the pas­sion fans have for Rey, and are happy to an­nounce that we will be mak­ing a run­ning change to in­clude her in the Mo­nop­oly: Star Wars game avail­able later this year,” Duffy told the AP by email at the time.

She added that fans who had al­ready bought the game “can ob­tain the Rey to­ken by con­tact­ing Has­bro Con­sumer Care when the up­dated game be­comes avail­able later this year.”

An­nie Rose Gold­man wrote the let­ter that sparked the out­cry. Her mother, Car­rie Gold­man, of Evanston, Illi­nois, said Wed­nes­day she’s happy An­nie Rose will be able to get a Rey fig­ure but it’s not how they un­der­stood Has­bro’s prom­ise.

“I would still like to see it where any girl or boy or per­son who goes to buy the game, Rey is in there,” Gold­man said.

Has­bro is send­ing An­nie Rose a to­ken, and the fam­ily will buy the game, but An­nie Rose called it “an aw­ful lot of trou­ble to go through.” She pointed out that a lot of kids won’t know to call the com­pany and said she was dis­ap­pointed.

Gold­man posted An­nie Rose’s let­ter on Twit­ter in Jan­uary 2016. In it, the then-8year-old asks why Has­bro left out Rey from the set based on “Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens” when she’s a main char­ac­ter, cru­cial to the story.

“With­out her THERE IS NO FORCE AWAK­ENS!” wrote An­nie Rose, who’s now 10. “It awak­ens in her! And with­out her, the bad guys would have won! Be­sides, boys and girls need to see that women can be as strong as men! Girls mat­ter!”

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In this photo pro­vided by Car­rie Gold­man her daugh­ter An­nie Rose holds a let­ter that she wrote to Has­bro ask­ing why the fe­male char­ac­ter Rey was omit­ted from a Mo­nop­oly set based on “Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens”

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