I honestly don’t know what to make of this. My best guess is the background should have been different than what it is. Revell’s TIE Silencer from Star Wars: The Last Jedi does have the Death Star behind it and it is worth some examination. There haven’t been any indications there is a Death Star in the film. I’m pretty skeptical they would be that devoid of originality. I first became aware of this when Star Wars Radar brought it to my attention today:
— Star Wars Radar (@StarWarsRadar) September 1, 2017
Figures.com has a clear image of the model they put together (and an excellent look at The Last Jedi Revell sets):
The TIE Fighter behind the Silencer does not have the red markings we’ve seen from Special Ops First Order TIE Fighters. However, the poster from Toys “R” Us given out on Force Friday confirmed classic AT-ATs march next to the new First Order Heavy Assault Walkers. I’ve also seen AT-STs that appear to be just a little newer than the ones we saw in Return of the Jedi. The TIE itself doesn’t rule out the background just being an error (even though it probably is).
The markings below the Death Star superlaser can be seen elsewhere before this box art and it is not a new detail:
The Death Star has shown up a lot in Star Wars at this point. The Death Star might have even shown up a little too much. That’s why I’m hesitant to think they would do that again. It is probably just a sloppy use of the background that was supposed to be temporary and just ended up making it all the way through production, as strange as that sounds. Or it is the first evidence they’re doing Death Stars again. I don’t think they are. I hope they aren’t. Please don’t. They wouldn’t, right?
Our friend Andy had more to add to the topic about Revell and packaging:
For Poe’s X-wing background 2 years ago they used a fanmade Star Destroyer model.