Warning, Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoiler lie below - proceed at your peril!
Rey might be the lead character of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but manufacturers seem to have absentmindedly forgotten her when they were designing the Star Wars action figure pack. Either that, or they're rampantly sexist. I'll leave you to decide which one is more likely.
Depressingly, hardly anyone will be surprised at this point after Black Widow and Gamora were removed from the action figure backs for The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy, respectively.
At the time, some pretty weak arguments were rolled out about the female characters in question not being main characters, but this time, it's going to be pretty hard to fall back on that excuse...
The pack in question includes characters who, while still important, are not the stars of the movie including Finn, Poe Dameron, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, a First Order TIE Fighter and a Stormtrooper.
Even more shockingly, Rey has been erased from her own scene in the movie and totally replaced in Hasbro’s Millennium Falcon set, despite the fact that she skillfully piloted the abandoned craft.
Although audiences both male and female responded to Rey's courageous, compassionate, skillful and intelligent character, depressingly toy manufacturers still hold outdated views that action figures are for boys and boys will not want to play with a female figurine. Global Toy Experts' Richard Gottlieb told The Wrap that:
"I can say that there is, in the toy and movie industry, a long-standing belief that a boy will not go to a ‘girl’ movie and that if you put a girl in a boy’s toy, boys will not buy it.”
Needless to say, the Internet isn't taking this laying down and the hashtag #WheresRey has been very active recently, protesting the lack of female characters in action sets. Below are some of the reactions.
BRB going to punch something now.