This is just getting ridiculous.
We’ve seen this a few places around the ‘net in the last 24 hours, and it’s a big enough deal to raise awareness with our readers as well. At GeekDad, we want our daughters and little girls everywhere to feel as well-represented in the available toys and games as their male counterparts. Amazingly, what will quite probably be THE MOST POPULAR MOVIE EVER has a fantastic young female primary protagonist, and yet the character is noticeably, frustratingly absent from most of the branded toys and games coming out.
Case in point: Hasbro’s new Star Wars-branded Monopoly game, which comes with four playable characters as play pieces: Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, and Finn. Wait, what?
Yeah, the game has us playing Sith vs. Jedi, with one TFA character and one “legacy” character for each side. The Sith side gets Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, which makes total sense. But the Jedi side gets Luke Skywalker and Finn, and (SPOILERS) we know Finn is just an ex-Stormtrooper with a conscience, not THE MAIN PROTO-JEDI CHARACTER AND POSSIBLE RELATIVE OF LUKE (/SPOILERS). It’s just absurd. I mean, nothing against Finn, who is a great character, but making an explicit decision to not include a female character in your game is just plain wrong.
So, just don’t buy it; at least not until they revamp the game and include Rey. That’s how we push the marketplace to change.
And Hasbro has responded:
— Hasbro (@HasbroNews) January 5, 2016
There’s some measure of reason here, but it seems shaky. The Monopoly game is a tentpole offering, where what they mention in their tweet seem like also-ran toys and games; indeed they’d be hard pressed not to include Rey in a chess set. Personally, it still feels off. And remember, the point isn’t just about the Monopoly game, but how emblematic it is of the entire offering of toys and the lack of female representation, not just for Star Wars, but the Marvel movies, and more. But what do you think?
A new message from Hasbro that’s much more positive!
— Hasbro (@HasbroNews) January 6, 2016