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Hasbro thinks 'Star Wars Rebels' has 'plenty' of female figures. No.

If you’re a Star Wars fan, especially a fan of Star Wars Rebels, you likely felt a great disturbance in fandom today.

The cause was a statement made by Hasbro during a Star Wars Q&A with Jedi Temple Archives at this year’s Toy Fair.

It all started, at least for me, with this tweet from Club Jade, a respected Star Wars fan site.

I’ll admit I laughed out loud, because female Star Wars action figures are already a rarity (unless you want variations on the Slave Leia figure). But the full statement shifted me from laughter to anger and then disgust pretty quickly.

Q: Where are the action figures for the female characters from Rebels, like Hera, Sabine, or Maketh Tua? Male characters like Ezra and Kanan have been released multiple times already in many formats and scales, yet the best we’ve seen on shelves so far is a single Sabine with a non-removable helmet and a yet-to-be-released Hera, both of whom are packed with re-released Stormtroopers. Female characters have always played an integral role in the Star Wars saga, from Leia in the original trilogy to Padme in the prequels to Ahsoka and Asaaj in The Clone Wars. They have always been among the first characters released in figure form—yet for this new chapter in the Saga, they’ve barely been a blip on the radar.

A: Hasbro feels they have released plenty of female characters in the line.

How many female figures have been produced in the Star Wars Rebels action-figure line? Two.

Two is considered plenty? Do we need to look up the definition of the word “plenty”? By comparison, not only did all of the male Rebels characters have figures before the ladies, but they’ve been made several times and in different toy scales. Is Hasbro saying that by making one 3¾-inch figure for Hera and Sabine, they’re done?

Even Rebels creator, writer, and director Dave Filoni has commented on the lack of both Hera and Sabine figures. In fact, Filoni’s tweets over the last months have talked more about Sabine and Hera than any other figure.

This doesn’t seem to be coming from the Disney/Lucasfilm side of things, either. Any promotion I’ve seen from that direction has kept the ladies firmly in mind. Posts from the official Star Wars blog encourage fans in their love for all of the members of the crew.

We can’t even chalk it up to people not wanting more female action figures. The angry fan response to this statement from Hasbro has been equal among male and female collectors alike. Not only do fans want more characters to collect, but representation matters—and so does equality. There’s no one out there screaming at Hasbro for making “too many female figures.” Hera and Sabine figures aren’t hanging on pegs and gathering dust—partially because so many of them still need to get to market, and partially because they get snapped up so fast.

Which puts the question back in Hasbro’s court.

If they think they’ve made “plenty” but fans are clamoring for more, what do they know that we don’t know? Is there data somewhere that says chains like Walmart, Target, and Toys R Us didn’t order as many of these action-figure cases because of the inclusion of the female figures? Are their preorder numbers down and, based on that, they feel making that more figures isn’t cost effective?

If Hasbro is just reacting to the market, then why not say so? Not only could they take the heat off themselves, but it lets fans know whom to talk to next in this battle.

By saying what they said and not elaborating, it makes it seem like Hasbro has no interest in marketing female figures. It sends the message that boys don’t want female figures, or that Star Wars is for boys, which isn’t what Lucasfilm or George Lucas would tell you.

That’s definitely what it feels like from this end of things, and if that’s the case, Hasbro may find itself in a sticky situation. The fan base is more vocal and more connected now than it ever has been, and things like this can pick up steam pretty quickly.

It’s not that Hasbro is averse to selling toys to girls. After all, My Little Pony, FurReal Friends and Littlest Pet Shop have all kinds of variety. But it’s a completely different story when you look for toys for Marvel (one Mr. Potato Head) or Star Wars (six Angry Birds toys). The female action figures in either franchises don’t even get tagged for girls.

It just seems strange to me that a toy company that wants to sell Star Wars toys would put itself at odds with the Star Wars fans who buy their toys and the people they license Star Wars from.

In the end, you can only make so many lightsabers and storm troopers. If Hasbro gets painted as anti-female, they may find that the moms who buy the toys aren’t quite as willing to plunk down their hard-earned money for a company that thinks they aren’t important enough to be considered equal.

ETA: As of February 18, Hasbro has asked that its answer to JTA be revised, citing misquoting. In a statement that “more accurately captures Hasbro’s answer,” they say:

Hasbro actually has some great new characters from Rebels hitting shelves now such as Sabine and Hera and have recently been releasing more females within our Black Series and Saga Legends line such as Mara Jade, Toryn Farr, Bastila Shan, Luminara Unduli, Padma Amidala (Geonosis), and a number of great Leia’s such as Ep IV, Endor, and the awesome Boushh disguise that was revealed at NYCC.

Still, the question remains the same for many fans. Why the decision to make fewer female figures? In the end, they may take less flak for the way they worded this, but until fans have a better understanding as to why there are fewer female figures in the market place, the questions will remain.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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