Where’s Rey? Mo­nop­oly keeps play­ers guess­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - MICHELLE R. SMITH PROV­I­DENCE, R.I. —

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

Eighteen months af­ter gamemaker Has­bro promised to add the fe­male char­ac­ter to the game by the fall of 2016, the Illi­nois girl who wrote to them to say “girls matter” is still wait­ing. Oth­ers are, too. Af­ter in­quiries from The As­so­ci­ated Press this week, Paw­tucket, R.I.-based Has­bro said it made the piece but didn’t re­lease the new ver­sion in the United States “due to in­suf­fi­cient in­ter­est.” Peo­ple who bought the all-male game can re­quest a Rey from cus­tomer ser­vice, spokesper­son Julie Duffy said Wed­nes­day.

“In early 2016, Has­bro up­dated the 2015 “Star Wars: Mo­nop­oly” game to add a Rey to­ken. 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 wrote in an email.

She said the game was made avail­able in five mar­kets, in­clud­ing in the United King­dom and France. Duffy said they have ful­filled 99 re­quests for the Rey to­ken in the U.S. and 10 in Canada.

Has­bro’s com­ments this week dif­fer from what the com­pany said it would do in Jan­uary 2016, amid an on­line out­cry.

“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 in an emailed state­ment at the time. She added that fans who had al­ready pur­chased the game “can ob­tain the Rey to­ken by con­tact­ing Has­bro Con­sumer Care when the up­dated game be­comes avail­able later this year.”

Car­rie Gold­man, of Evanston, Ill., whose daugh­ter, An­nie Rose, wrote the let­ter that sparked the out­cry, said on Wed­nes­day that while she is happy her daugh­ter will be able to get a Rey fig­ure, it’s not ex­actly how they un­der­stood Has­bro’s prom­ise.

“I don’t know if I would call this a run­ning change,” Gold­man said. “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 posted An­nie Rose’s let­ter on Twit­ter in Jan­uary 2016. In it, the then-eight-year-old girl asks why Has­bro left out Rey from the set when she is a main char­ac­ter and cru­cial to the story.

“With­out her THERE IS NO FORCE AWAK­ENS! It awak­ens in her!” wrote An­nie Rose, who is now 10. “Girls matter!”

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