In the second wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, Rey is a central figure.
Toy companies’ veil of secrecy when it comes to Rey has finally been lifted in the second wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys. Now there are Rey toys galore, from action figures to Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber relabeled as “Rey’s Lightsaber.” Lego has also added to the toy frenzy with a few new sets of their own, featuring several new minifigures.
Check out the offerings below (via Entertainment Weekly).
20-inch BIG-FIGS – Rey (JAKKS Pacific) – $19.99
Buildable Figures (Lego) – $19.99 each
12-inch Rey Figure (Hasbro) – $7.99
Bladebuilders Rey Electronic Lightsaber (Hasbro) – $9.99
Deluxe Figure Play Set (The Disney Store) – $19.95
Among the most special of the new figures released are Disney’s Elite Series Die Cast Action Figures, which include Rey and an unmasked Kylo Ren.
Rey and BB-8 (The Disney Store) – $24.95
See all the new Wave 2 The Force Awakens toys at Entertainment Weekly.
The absence of Rey in several product lines has lately been a source of contention between fan consumers and toy companies, namely Hasbro. Their excuse for not including the main character of the film in products like their most recent incarnation of Star Wars Monopoly, has been that they were avoiding spoilers.
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For example, in the Monopoly game, the four character figures were Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (who were meant to be pitted against one another in the game), and Kylo Ren and Finn (the other competing pair). Hasbro claimed it feared suggesting the spoiler that Rey fights Kylo Ren and joins the Resistance by having her take the place of Finn in the game.
I don’t know if that’s true or not, if they were following instructions from Disney, or if Hasbro just doesn’t like including female characters in all of their lineups. The latter doesn’t necessarily ring true when you consider Rey had a Black Series figure as well as a smaller, 3.75″ Hasbro figure released prior to the film’s premiere in December. But for many, it’s still a feeble excuse, and it’s prompted the rise of the hashtag #WheresRey in response.
That’s why so many fans are rejoicing now that Rey has become a more prominent face in the toy aisle. And with Twitter users reporting many Rey items being sold out at Disney stores, it would seem Star Wars‘ most popular hero is now a female. Hopefully the toy companies are on the same page.