We all knew it was going to happen, right?  Deadline is reporting that on Wednesday January 6th 2016, Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens overtook the $760.5 million earned by James Cameron’s Avatar.  Episode VII grossed $8 million on Tuesday for a domestic total of $758.2 million, and has achieved the milestone in only 20 days in release.

So the galaxy far far away has beaten “dances with smurfs”, finally.


Ok, so now onto the Monopoly thing.  You guys have seen the new Star Wars set, right?  The one that has been marketed as “The Force Awakens”, but lacking the main character as a playable piece?  The particular themed board game features four playable tokens, which is weird considering normal Monopoly has at least 10 pieces depending on it’s year of manufacture.  (Remember they’ve since retired some of the original tokens in favor for fan-voted new ones like a cat and a bag of money.)


Specifically, the four tokens in TFA’s set are Kylo Ren, Finn, young Return of the Jedi Luke Skywalker, and Darth frakking Vader.  Here’s a question for you, is Darth Vader even *IN* The Force Awakens?  And don’t say yes because of his helmet, because that doesn’t count.  So a game touting to be themed for The Force Awakens does NOT contain it’s main character, but DOES contain two characters who aren’t even IN the damn movie (because Jedi Luke most certainly is NOT in the movie)?

When asked about why, Hasbro released this poor excuse for a press release:

“The Star Wars: Monopoly game was released in September, months before the movie’s release, and Rey was not included to avoid revealing a key plot line that she takes on Kylo Ren and joins the Rebel Alliance,” a spokesperson for Hasbro explained. “Fans will see more Rey product hitting store shelves this month, including 6-inch and 12-inch Rey action figures. We are thrilled with the popularity of this compelling character and will continue to look for ways to showcase Rey across all of our product lines.”

Really?  REALLY?!  Because no one had seen the trailer(s), nor the poster(s), nor the 200 OTHER ITEMS RELEASED BEFORE THE FILM FEATURING REY?!  Needless to say, this has caused a great outcry from fans and parents alike.  And today, Hasbro finally announced they were going to fix it.

But now, after much gnashing of teeth and complaining, Entertainment Weekly has a quote from Hasbro stating:

“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.”

So hopefully we’ll actually see this new set featuring Rey.  If you’re still participating in the #wheresrey merchandise search, there’s this set from Disney proper, as well as this set found at a Diddams toy store:


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still playing in theaters worldwide.

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