Force Friday – Rey and female characters in merchandise

I’m assuming that if you are visiting this blog that you have seen the new Star Wars trailer already. I don’t know about you all, but I am already head-over-heels obsessed with the character Rey from the The Force Awakens. Obviously, I have not actually seen the movie yet, but I just know that she is going to be phenomenal. In fact, I am so sure of this that I already have the poster of her and BB-8 on my bedroom wall. When I like a character, I like to show that by spending a ton of money I don’t really have on their merchandise.

It is well-known that female characters are often completely left out of movie merchandise. The #WheresGamora hashtag went viral when she was strangely left out of most of the Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise. #WheresNatasha began after Age of Ultron was released, when it was made clear that whoever makes merchandise decisions did not learn their lesson after omitting Gamora. Despite viral attention, it seems that many companies are weirdly refusing to give fans the merchandise they would obviously spend money on.

The better news is that Disney might finally be getting the message. Rey has had more merchandise than many female characters before her – which is good, considering she seems to be the main character of The Force Awakens. She has her own figure in the Black Series of Star Wars figures, she’s on the Star Wars balloon sold in Disney Parks, and she’s front and center on the cinematic poster. The male characters of The Force Awakens, Finn and Kylo Ren, do outnumber Rey in merchandise – but the progress that has been made is still important and worthy of acknowledgement. We thought we would have our own Force Friday where we share some of our favorite Rey merchandise from the film this week. (Maybe if I share all the stuff I want with you all then I won’t impulsively buy it for myself? This seems like it could backfire..)

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Ah yes, POP Funkos. The things we all say are stupid and tell ourselves we will never buy. And then we buy our first one, and just one more.. and somehow end up with 60. I have so many that I really try to limit myself to the ones I NEED. Obviously the Funko Rey, with her three little plastic hair buns and determined brows, is on my NEED list.

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There are a surprising amount of women’s shirts featuring Rey and I’m sure as hell not complaining about it. There are some really cute ones with her and Finn front and center, but this tank with the simple blueprints of her speeder is my favorite right now. I know some people on the Internet are whining about her speeder, but I personally love it, even if it does kind of look like a popsicle. Seriously, who doesn’t like popsicles?! Imagine this tank with skinny jeans + a black blazer + black loafers. YES.

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I’m going to be real with you. I don’t know any kids. I have no nieces or nephews, and my friends/peers are just now starting to get to the ‘married’ stage but are not yet at the ‘kids’ stage. But I really, really wish I knew some kids just so I could send them this pajama set. Unfortunately, I have the feeling these do not come in adult sizes and I’m too big for their biggest size. I may or may not have already checked.

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I mentioned above that I already have the Rey poster on my wall, but for some reason I think it would be way cooler to have a giant almost-life-sized decal cutout on my wall instead. This might be partly because it comes with a decal of the badass new resistance logo. I don’t know. It just looks way more legit when she’s as tall as you on your wall.

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I’m a huge fan of geeky jewelry. I love when my references are disguised in the form of silver Thor head earrings or a heart locket with Leslie Knope’s photo in it or a Dark Tower symbol ring (I happen to own all of these things). Nothing makes me happier than being all dressed up and fancy with a super geeky accessory. This necklace is perfect for that purpose; the frame makes it look classy and appropriate for many occasions, and then there’s Rey’s beautiful face in the center. Its a win-win.

Somehow, there’s so much great Rey merch that I couldn’t begin to fit it in one blog post! Stay tuned for our next Force Friday where we look at even more of the amazing The Force Awakens merchandise that focuses on Rey!

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