– by Nick Doll

The Death Star. A staple of the Galactic Empire since 1977. Out of eight Star Wars films, four have focused on Death Stars or Starkiller Base, which, let’s face it, is just a super Death Star. But after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which featured the next evolution of the Death Star in the Starkiller Base, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, all about the original Death Star, being released back-to-back, surely the era of the Death Star is over. And if it isn’t, surely we won’t be seeing a third Death Star in a row in this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Well, I have what could be some bad news for you, if you’re as tired of Death Star and Death Star equivalents as I am. On the box of a toy of Kylo Ren’s Tie Silencer, a cooler, sleeker version of his grandfather’s fighter of choice, is a Death Star. Right there, behind the Tie Silencer and another traditional Tie Fighter. Just take a look for yourself.

Now, this could be unrelated, sloppy marketing. Put a Death Star on your toy packaging and that’s an iconic Star Wars image! After all, the Death Star in the picture is identical to the first, and the tie fighter in the image does not appear to be a First Order Tie Fighter, but rather one circa A New Hope. So, old stock image behind the new Tie Silencer?

Or, there could actually be a legitimate third Death Star in The Last Jedi. Not a second Starkiller Base, but an actual Death Star as seen in the image. I’m going to go with the former theory and not this latter one, because honestly, after the criticism of The Force Awakens being too similar to A New Hope, why in the world would Lucasfilm and writer/director Rain Johnson shot themselves in the foot like this? And from a narrative standpoint, why would the Empire?

So, hopefully we never see this image again and there is no Death Star in The Last Jedi. Because though the iconic star-base brought me much joy when I was younger, if I see one more of those damn things I may question what Star Wars is all about. Family? Or Death Stars?

What do you think? Are we looking at a sloppily placed stock image or third Death Star from The Last Jedi? Would you want to see yet another planet-destroying base? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: @StarWarsRadar