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"And you guys were worried, Haha Zander Freemaker, superstar pilot guy! Right?"
―Zander Freemaker[src]

Zander Freemaker was a member of the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who traveled throughout the galaxy during the Galactic Civil War. Zander was the older brother of Kordi Freemaker and Rowan Freemaker.[4] The Freemakers also had a B1 battle droid named Roger, who served as a butler and a companion to Rowan. While he was a racing enthusiast and skilled mechanic, Zander was also impulsive and naivety at times. The Freemakers also operated a starship repair business called Freemaker Salvage and Repair that was based on a space station called the Wheel in the Abrion system.

While salvaging for scrap on Nal Kapok, Zander and his family were drawn into a quest to find the seven pieces of the Kyber Saber crystal, a weapon capable of destroying the galaxy. Zander's younger brother Rowan discovered he was Force-sensitive and came under the tutelage of the Jedi Purge survivor Naare, who wanted to reforge the Kyber Saber. In secret, Naare was a Sith agent of Darth Sidious and Darth Vader, who wanted the Kyber Saber for themselves.

Zander's impulsiveness and naivety brought his family to the attention of both the Galactic Empire and the Hutt crime lord Graballa, who were after the Kyber Saber. After Naare exposed her true identity, the Freemakers were drawn into a race to find the remaining Kyber crystals in order to prevent Naare from reforging the weapon. As a result, the Freemakers were pursued by Naare and Graballa, who managed to steal the crystal from them. After escaping with the seventh Kyber crystal on Hoth, Rowan and Roger separated from the other Freemakers in order to protect them from Naare.

Unable to find Rowan and Roger, Zander and Kordi returned to the Wheel only to be trapped by Naare and Graballa. Naare managed to torture Zander and Kordi and succeeded in drawing Rowan out of hiding. Following a confrontation, Naare managed to reforge the Kyber Saber. However, the Freemakers managed to steal the weapon from her and the Empire during a showdown on Coruscant. After destroying the Kyber Saber, the Freemakers accepted an offer to join the Rebel Alliance.

BiographyEdit

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Kordi, Rowan, and Zander

BackgroundEdit

Zander Freemaker was a male Human who lived during the Galactic Civil War. He was the eldest member of the Freemakers, a family of scavengers that included his sister Kordi, his younger brother Rowan, and the modified B1 battle droid Roger.[4] They owned a starship called the StarScavenger which was used in salvage operations. The Freemakers also operated a starship repair shop called Freemaker Salvage and Repair at a space station called The Wheel in the Abrion system. Zander was also a skilled mechanic and enjoyed repairing and building starships for a living. He called his ships Z-wings and regarded them as his children.[5]

Salvage run on Nal KapokEdit

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The Freemakers traveled to Nal Kapok

Zander was about eighteen years old in the period following the Battle of Hoth. Zander and his family were scavenging wreckage that had been left over from a space battle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance. During the dogfight, Rowan accidentally drew the attention of the Imperial and rebel pilots to the StarScavenger by blowing up an Imperial Gozanti-class cruiser. As a result, Zander decided to take the ship into hyperspace. Upon arriving back at the Freemaker Garage, the Freemakers were accosted by their Aqualish landlord Furlac, who reminded them they were behind their rent payment.[5]

In an attempt to raise funds, Zander with Kordi's help began cobbling up a starship from the salvaged wreckage. However, Rowan accidentally destroyed the starship by swinging a pole into the head of an AT-ST walker, which fired a salvo that destroyed the starship. When Kordi proposed selling his Z-wings (which she called "Uglies"), Zander took offence. Instead, he called Roger, who had been baking cookiees and asked him where was the best Clone Wars site to salvage junk. After Roger mentined Nal Kapok, Zander and the Freemakers traveled there on the StarScavenger.[5]

While Zander and Kordi explored the planet, Rowan and Roger stayed behind on the StarScavenger. While attempting to take an engine from an Imperial transport, Zander and his sister were captured by Imperial stormtroopers. The two siblings were interrogated inside the Imperial transport. Zander tried to convince the stormtroopers that it was a mistake but the Imperials insisted on sending them to the spice mines of Kessel. At that point, they were rescued by Rowan who had activated a vintage AT-TE walker. Zander and Kordi managed to flee the transport while Rowan pursued the fleeing Imperials.[5]

The AT-TE soon broke down and the Imperials counter-attacked. However, a Jedi woman named Naare came to their rescue and drove off the stormtroopers with her blue lightsaber. Having befriended Rowan and Roger by telling them about her quest to find the Kyber Saber, Naare ingratiated herself with the Freemakers. Zander was smitten by her and the Freemakers allowed her to accompany them back to the Wheel. Naare then managed to convince Kordi to let her train Rowan in the ways of the Force. Unknown to the Freemakers, Naare was actually a Sith agent in the services of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, who had been tasked with recovering the pieces of the Kyber Saber.[5]

Rescuing Rowan FreemakerEdit

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The Freemakers in the Balgaroth asteroid field

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After the events on Nal Kapok, Naare convinced Zander's younger brother Rowan to embark on a quest to find the second Kyber Saber crystal in the Balgaroth asteroid field. Following an argument between Naare and Kordi, Rowan and Roger borrowed the StarScavenger and traveled to the asteroid field on their own to find the crystal. After learning that Rowan had stolen one of his Z-wings, Zander, Kordi, and Naare traveled to the Balgaroth asteroid field to find Rowan. Zander and Kordi traveled on the StarScavenger while Naare traveled in her own Eclipse Fighter.[6]

Meanwhile, Rowan and Roger found the second Kyber Saber crystal but were captured by the Hutt crime lord Graballa, who wanted to use the crystals to bankroll his beachside resort. Zander, Kordi, and Naare arrived on Graballa's starship Rancor's Fist just as the Hutt was about to feed Rowan and Roger to his pet nexu Smiley. With Kordi taking the lead, Zander and his sister tried to sell a Z-wing to Graballa while Naare freed the captives. However, Graballa rejected their offer and spotted Rowan, Roger, and Naare sneaking away.[6]

Following a brief struggle, the Freemakers and Naare fled into space aboard the Z-wing. They fled into the Balgaroth asteroid field but were pursued by starfighters led by Dengar, Graballa's leading bounty hunter. Naare managed to use the Force to clear a path through the asteroid field and to destroy most of their pursuers. Naare's actions gained the trust of the Freemakers with Zander admitting feelings for the "Jedi."[6]

Once aboard the StarScavenger, Rowan apologized to his older siblings for leaving the Freemaker Garage without permission and causing them trouble. While Zander was annoyed, he was able to forgive his little brother. Shortly later, Rowan sensed the presence of the second Kyber Saber crystals. The Freemakers found the crystal floating in space and retrieved it. Zander was present when Naare praised Rowan for finding the kyber crystal; unaware that she had almost destroyed the StarScavenger in a fit of rage.[6]

Joyride on the N-1 starfighterEdit

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Zander taking the N-1 fighter on a joyride

Later, the Freemakers received a job from fellow Wheel resident Wick Cooper to service an antique N-1 starfighter. Knowing that Zander was a starship aficinado who could not control his impulses, Kordi instructed Rowan to distract Zander while Roger brought in the N-1 starfighter into the garage. Despite Rowan's best efforts, Zander was still able to smell the N-1 starfighter's chromium. While Kordi and Rowan were dealing with Cooper, Zander took the opportunity to take the starfghter out for a joyride.[7]

Zander flee the N-1 starfighter through an asteroid field. Despite taking a few scratches, he ignored Cooper's astromech droid's plea to return to the hangar. He took the ship for another loop and was caught up in a dogfight between rebel A-wings and Imperial TIE fighters. Zander was then trapped by the Tractor beam projector of the Imperial Star Destroyer Vendetta and charged with subversive acts against the Empire. Zander was promptly arrested but managed to contact his siblings via hologram before being led away by stormtroopers.[7]

Zander was questioned by Darth Vader who brought an interrogation droid. When Vader demanded information on the Rebellion, Zander instead took the opportunity to spill out irrelevant details of his life; leading Vader to deduce that he was either skilled at resisting interrogation or a complete imbecile. While Vader was distracted elsewhere, Zander's siblings and Naare managed to infiltrate the Vendetta and free Zander from his cell. The Freemakers and Naare then headed to the hangar only to be intercepted by Darth Vader and his stormtroopers.[7]

After failing to convince Vader that they were ship repair crew, Zander told Vader about his joyride on the N-1 starfighter. While initially disbelieving, Vader lost control when he saw the N-1 starfighter and took it for a joyride. The starfighter was pursued and damaged by several TIE fighters before Naare used the tractor beam projector to recapture the fighter. While Vader and his stormtroopers were distracted, Zander, his siblings, and Naare returned to The Wheel on their ships including the N-1 starfighter. Upon arriving back at the Freemaker Garage, they were greeted by a furious Wick Cooper, who expressed outrage at the major damage done to his N-1 starfighter. With the starship wrecked, Zander was forced by Kordi to give Cooper his beloved Blazemaker starfighter as compensation. However, the Blazemaker exploded and Zander remarked that he would adjustments for the Blazemaker Mark II.[7]

Adventure on Cloud CityEdit

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The Freemakers on Cloud City

After seeing his younger brother Rowan express frustration about his "Jedi" lessons, Zander took his younger brother to the Wheel's Lower Ring in an effort to cheer him up. While Zander was watching a podrace, Rowan volunteered his services to the rebel and former entrepreneur Lando Calrissian, who wanted to reclaim a "lost treasure" that he had left behind on Cloud City. Zander and Kordi were annoyed that their younger brother had accepted a job without consulting them first. However, they decided to take it up because they were short on money.[8]

Upon arriving at Cloud City, the Freemakers disguise themselves as mechanics and managed to gain admission to the Carbon-freeze chamber. While Kordi headed to Calrissian's disco pad to recover his "lost treasure", Zander and Rowan headed into he carbon-freeze chamber. There, Rowan managed to repair a tube by reconnecting it with the Force. In the process, Rowan was accidentally frozen in carbonite. Shortly later, they were rejoined by Kordi, Naare, and several of Graballa's henchmen including Dengar, Baash and Raam. A skirmish broke out and Dengar and his associates stole Rowan's frozen body.[8]

Unable to keep up with the gangsters, Zander, Kordi and Naare headed into the engine room. There, Zander used Naare's lightsaber to severe the cable connecting Cloud City's repulsorlift generator. This prevented Graballa's henchmen from escaping but cause the city to fall into the depths of Bespin. Amidst the chaos, the Freemakers managed to recover Rowan and Calrissian's treasure. After trapping Dengar and his associates in a cell, the Freemakers defrosted Rowan. Despite his hibernation sickness, Rowan managed to reconnect the cable in Cloud City's engine room; restoring the city to its floating position. Zander and his siblings then returned to the Freemaker Garage where they handed Calrissian his "lost treasure", which turned out to be a blue cape. In return, Calrissian paid them several gold bars.[8]

Mission to KashyyykEdit

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The Freemakers and Roger on Kashyyyk

Short on funds, Zander and his family including Roger traveled to the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk in order to obtain a piece of wroshyr wood. The Twi'lek captain Ignacio Wortan had promised the Freemakers a large sum of money in return for procuring the wood. Due to the Imperial blockade of Kashyyyk, Zander was reluctant to travel there. Unable to afford a translator droid, the Freemakers instead outfitted Roger with a translator chip. Despite the Imperial blockade, the Freemakers managed to land the StarScavenger in the jungles of Kashyyyk.[9]

Upon landing, they were greeted by several armed Wookiees led by Chief Attabura. Roger attempted to translate but had his head knocked out by Attabura. However, Zander's younger brother Rowan was able to speak Shyriiwook and managed to convince the Wookiees that they had only come for a piece of wroshyr wood. Attabura gave them the wroshyr wood in return that the Freemakers rescue his son Tantarra from a Trandoshan island fortress. When Zander and Kordi attempted to walk out of the deal, Roger and Rowan convinced them that doing so would be considered dishonorable in Wookiee culture.[9]

Leaving Roger behind to guard the StarScavenger, the Freemakers traveled on speeder bikes to the island fortress. They managed to use a catapult to enter the prison and convinced the Trandoshan guards that they were merely repair technicians. The Freemaker siblings managed to free Tantarra from his cell. They made arrangements for Roger to meet them with the Scavenger at the prison. However, the Imperial officers Durpin and Plumestriker quickly discovered their presence and sounded the alarm. Having completed their mission, Zander fired a flare gun which gave the Wookiees their signal to begin the attack on the Trandoshans.[9]

Before they could board the StarScavanger, Rowan suddenly sensed the third Kyber Saber crystal inside the Trandoshan fortress. Zander and Kordi reluctantly followed Rowan and Tantarra into a chamber within the complex where the crystal was hidden inside a Trandoshan statue. Despite the ongoing fighting and bombardment outside, the Freemakers and Tantarra managed to retrieve the crystal and escape the fortress. After reuniting Tantarra with his father, the Freemakers went to meet Roger and the StarScavenger at a nearby clearing.[9]

However, Zander, Rowan, and Roger were cornered by Durpin and Plumestriker, who tried to force them to surrender. Zander and the others were saved by Kordi who struck the Imperial officers with her wroshyr wood panel. Unfortunately for them, the impact split the wroshyr wood. Upon returning to the Freemaker Garage, the Freemakers were greeted by Wortan who called off the deal due to the damaged state of the wroshyr wood panel. When his sister expressed frustration, Zander tried to comfort her by telling Kordi they gave the Wookiees hope. Kordi responded that hope did not pay their bills and rent. The two siblings then embraced each other.[9]

Helping the RebellionEdit

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The Freemakers and Leia

Later, Zander and the Freemakers received another servicing job from Wick Cooper, who wanted them to repair his speeder bike. Shortly later, the Freemakers were visited by two members of the Rebel Alliance, Princess Leia Organa and her brother Luke Skywalker. Leia and Luke had escaped a dogfight with Imperial TIE fighters and their Y-wing. Low on funds, the Freemakers agreed to repair the rebels' starfighter for a steep price. While Rowan, Roger, and Skywalker accidentally departed on an unplanned trip aboard the StarScavenger, Zander, Kordi, and Leia were forced to hide from the Imperial officer Estoc, who was looking for Luke and Leia.[10]

While evading Estoc, Zander and Kordi hid Leia inside a trash can. When Estoc approached, the Freemakers pretended they were taking out the trash. At Estoc's prompting, Zander and Kordi emptied their trash along with Leia into the incinerator. After Estoc had departed, the Freemakers saved Leia from being crushed with the trash. Estoc soon caught up with the Freemakers and Leia. While Kordi and Leia fled up into the Upper Ring, Zander used a probe droid to fling canisters at the pursuing stormtroopers. Later, Zander reunited with Kordi and Leia outside a diner and they escaped on Cooper's speeder bike.[10]

After fleeing back to the Freemaker Garage, the Freemakers and Leia managed to trick Estoc by sending out their Y-wing as a decoy. With the destruction of the decoy, Estoc believed that Leia and Luke were dead and bought Zander and Kordi's story that they had been forced to help the rebel princess. When Luke arrived home with Rowan and Roger, Zander and Kordi allowed Luke and Leia to buy one of their Z-wings at a discounted rate. Due to their experiences, Zander and the other Freemakers became more sympathetic to the Rebellion.[10]

Trap on TatooineEdit

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Zander and Ben Quadinaros

Later, Zander and his family received a job offer from the Tatooine-based podracer pilot Ben Quadinaros to service his podracer. The Freemakers traveled to Mos Espa to service Ben's podracer prior to the upcoming 29th Annual Bricklayers' Classic race. However, this turned out to be a ruse by the Hutt crime lord Graballa to trap the Freemakers. Graballa was after the Kyber Saber crystals and believed that Rowan could help him find them. Before Graballa could question the Freemakers, he was distracted by his cousin Jabba.[11]

Zander and the other Freemakers then took the opportunity to slip away. Pursued by Graballa's henchmen, the Freemakers had no choice but to participate in the 29th Annual Bricklayers' Classic. During the race, they were pursued by the bounty hunters Dengar, Baash, and Raam; whom they had encountered earlier on Cloud City. With Zander taking the helm of the podracer, the Freemakers not only managed to outrun their pursuers but they also managed to win the race. After collecting a silver trophy, the Freemakers fled into the Dune Sea pursued by Graballa and his henchmen.[11]

Despite Rowan's protests, Zander and Kordi contacted Naare for help. The Freemakers then used a box of thermal detonators to keep Graballa's henchmen at bay until Naare arrived on the Eclipse Fighter. Naare managed to rescue Rowan but Zander, Kordi, and Roger were captured by Graballa's henchmen. However, Naare used her Force powers and lightsaber skills to drive away the gangsters and to rescue Zander and his family. They then traveled back to the Wheel together. However, Rowan discovered evidence that Naare was a Sith agent.[11]

Flight to TakodanaEdit

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The Freemakers travel to the third moon of Takodana

Following the events on Tatooine, Rowan revealed Naare's true Sith identity to Zander, Kordi, and Roger. The Freemakers made preparations to flee their Garage aboard the StarScavenger. When Naare tried to knock on their door, Roger distracted her. However, Naare saw through the ruse and managed to force herself into the Freemaker Garage. Following a brief verbal altercation between Rowan and Naare, the Freemakers managed to flee into space aboard the StarScavenger.[12]

Zander took the StarScavenger into the nearby space traffic in an effort to lose Naare, who gave chase in her Eclipse Fighter. During the chase, the StarScavenger's deflector shield was damaged. When Naare offered to let them go in return for surrendering Rowan, Zander responded by clipping the Eclipse Fighter's wings. The Freemakers then fled into hyperspace. During the journey, Zander and Roger briefly argued about whether the Jedi or battle droids were the "real villains" of the Clone Wars.[12]

After losing the StarScavenger's quantum regulator, the Freemakers were force to exit hyperspace at the planet Takodana. Zander landed the StarScavenger at Maz Kanata's castle. While landing, Zander scraped the Weequay pirate Hondo Ohnaka's starship. He was quickly captured by the Dowutin hunter Grummgar and another human gangster and brought before Hondo himself. Hondo demanded compensation but Zander admitted he was penniless. Rowan sprung to his defense but was no match for Hondo. Before the hostilities could escalate, Kordi intervened and convinced Hondo to let the Freemakers work for him as compensation. Hondo accepted Kordi's deal and sent the Freemakers on a mission to retrieve three golden orbs from the third moon of Takodana.[12]

Leaving the StarScavenger behind as collateral, the Freemakers traveled to Takodana aboard their scavenger vessel. Following an uncomfortable ride, the Freemakers found their destination: a sinkhole where the golden orbs were stored. However, they found that the sinkhole was guarded by several varactyls. The Freemakers decided to mount their heist at night. While Rowan guarded the site, Zander and Kordi flew the scavenger vessel over the sinkhole. Roger was lowered into the sinkhole and managed to reach the golden orbs. At Kordi's urging, Roger grabbed more than three.[12]

However, Roger lost his grip and dropped the golden orbs, startling the varactyls. The varactyls ripped Roger apart and tossed the harvester craft with Zander and Kordi still inside. Before anymore harm could come to the Freemakers, Rowan intervened and used the Force to communicate with the varactyls. After realizing that the golden orbs were varactyl eggs, he apologized to the varactyls who allowed the Freemakers to leave in peace. Zander then repaired Roger who offered to pat his back in return.[12]

The Freemakers then returned to Maz Kanata's castle to confront Hondo. Hondo was displeased that the Freemakers had failed in their errand and gave orders for his henchmen to crack heads. However, Maz intervened and expelled Hondo and his gang from the castle. Taking pity on the Freemakers, she gave Zander and Kordi a quantum regulator for free. She also gave Rowan the fourth Kyber Saber crystal before sending the Freemakers on their way.[12]

Race for the CrystalsEdit

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The Freemakers on Naboo

Having repaired the StarScavenger's quantum regulator, the Freemakers made preparations to leave Takodana with the fourth Kyber Saber crystal. However, they came under attack from Naare, who had joined forces with the Hutt crime lord Graballa. Using the Force, Naare stole the fourth kyber crystal from Rowan. The Freemakers followed Naare on the Scavenger into space but came under attack from Graballa's starship Rancor's Fist. They managed to flee into hyperspace.[13]

Once in hyperspace, the Freemakers resolved to prevent Naare from finding the remaining kyber crystals in order to prevent her from reforging the Kyber Saber. Realizing that the next two crystals were on Naboo and Ningoth, the Freemakers decided to travel to Ningoth first since it was an unpopulated ocean planet. While Roger stayed behind to look after the StarScavenger, Zander along with Kordi and Rowan descended into Ningoth's oceans in Zander's Bubbly Snubbly. After some travel, the Freemakers found that the fifth Kyber Saber crystal was on the antennae of an opee sea killer. Following a struggle, the Freemakers managed to convince the creature to trade the crystal for their submarine's search light.[13]

Before the Freemakers could leave Ningoth, they were attacked by Naare and Graballa's ships. Zander managed to drag Naare's Eclipse Fighter underwater using the StarScavenger's chain. After a struggle, they managed to severe the chain and launch the sub into the Scavenger's rear hold. Before they could shut the doors, Naare used the Force to snatch the fifth Kyber crystal out of Rowan's reach. Zander then ordered Roger to jump into hyperspace; triggering a wave that swamped Naare and Graballa's Rancor's Fist. With little choice, the Freemakers decided to travel to Naboo.[13]

After landing in Theed, Rowan sensed that the sixth Kyber Saber crystal was in the former Theed Royal Palace, which had been revamped as the Emperor Palpatine Museum. In order to infiltrate the Museum, Zander smuggled Roger inside disguised as a Clone Wars exhibit. While walking through the halls, he encountered the-now Generals Durpin and Plumestriker, whom the Freemakers had encountered earlier on Kashyyyk. The guards did not recognize him due to his fake mustache. That night, Roger broke out of his glass display and let the other Freemakers into the Museum. While searching for the crystal, Zander was distracted by the sight of an N-1 starfighter hanging from the ceiling. He managed to climbed into the cockpit and toyed with the craft.[13]

However, Rowan accidentally toppled several of Emperor Palpatine's statues. One of the heads crashed into an exhibit of B1 battle droids who were still wielding working blasters. The blaster bolts ricocheted against the other objects and loosened one of the N-1 fighter's cables, causing it to crash into the Theed Hangar. Roger helped Zander out of the craft. Shortly later, they were rejoined by Kordi, who was donning one of Queen Padmé Amidala's royal gowns.[13]

The Freemakers were then captured by Durpin, Plumestriker, and several stormtroopers. Recognizing the intruders, Durpin and Plumestriker ordered the stormtroopers to execute Zander and his family. However, Rowan disguised himself as Emperor Palpatine and ordered the Imperials to leave his donors alone. After the Imperials had left, Rowan discovered that the sixth Kyber Saber crystal was hidden inside Kordi's headdress. Before they could leave, the Freemakers were attacked by Naare and Dengar. During the gun battle, Zander tried to knock out the gun-wielding Dengar with a mug but missed. In the end, Roger chased the bounty hunter out with a blaster.[13]

Rowan toppled the N-1 fighter, creating a chain explosion that demolished the Museum. Zander and his family managed to escape but were forced to leave the sixth crystal behind. Once aboard the StarScavenger, Zander and his siblings discussed how Naare managed to home in on them. At that point, Roger revealed that the transmission pack on his back had been transmitting since the events on Tatooine. Thus, the Freemakers discovered the source of their leak.[13]

Adventure on ZohEdit

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The Freemakers run into trouble with N-3RO on Zoh

Following the events on Naboo, Zander and Kordi relieved Roger of his transmission pack. Both were angry with the battle droid for accidentally letting Naare track them down. When Rowan proposed seeking out the Maker of Zoh, Zander revealed that Zoh was a junkyard world. At Kordi and Rowan's urging, Zander set the StarScavenger on a course for Zoh. Upon landing on Zoh, the Freemakers discovered that someone had rearranged the junk into beautiful hexagonal structures. They soon encountered several local droids led by N-3RO. Despite Roger's attempts to convince the droids that his masters were friendly, N-3RO identified them as threats after learning that the Freemakers had removed Roger's transmission pack.[14]

A struggle between the Freemakers and the droids ensued until it was broken up by the former Sith clone Jek-14, who identified himself as the Maker of Zoh. He reassured N-3RO and the other droids that the Freemakers were friendly and allowed them to salvage junk on Zoh. While exploring Zoh's surface, Zander surmised that most of the junk was useless. He and Kordi expressed irritation with Roger when the battle droid accidentally collapsed a crescent-shaped structure that almost killed them. The two siblings then sent Roger back to the StarScavenger to "calibrate the recalibrators."[14]

While exploring the junkyard, they encountered N-3RO's lieutenant BL-OX, who convinced them that he could lead them to a place where they could salvage better spare parts. Walking down the hill, Zander and Kordi found themselves surrounded by N-3RO and his droid followers. N-3RO tied up Zander and Kordi and prepared to crush them with a crane. However, Rowan and Jek-14 arrived on bikes. Jek-14 tried to reason with N-3RO but the rogue droid was adamant on destroying the organics. Rowan then used the Force to create a flying machine to spirit Zander and Kordi to safety. However, it crashed into the scrap heap. Zander and Kordi were unhurt but were recaptured by the droids.[14]

N-3RO and his followers then proceeded to "decommission" the Freemakers and Jek-14; deeming the later "irredeemable." Before they could carry out the sentence, Roger intervened and spoke up for his masters. Despite their previous disagreements, Roger stressed that he still loved his family and regarded himself as a Freemaker. Roger then reattached his transmission pack, which brought Naare and Graballa to Zoh. While Kordi thanked Roger for bring more "bad guys" to fight the "bad guys", Zander praised Roger for thinking like a Freemaker. At Jek's urging, the Freemakers fled aboard the StarScavenger while he held back Naare. Once in space, the Freemakers raced Naare and Graballa to Hoth.[14]

Race to HothEdit

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The Freemakers befriend a baby wampa

Zander and his family raced to Hoth on the StarScavenger with Naare and Graballa hot on their trail. While flying the ship, Zander remarked about having a holiday with his family instead of being pursued by the "bad guys." Upon learning there was a snowstorm on Hoth, Zander sarcastically remarked that he welcomed it. Zander was unable to see through the storm but his brother Rowan and Naare were able to see through the Force. The StarScavenger began to take hits from the Eclipse Fighter but Rowan tried to explain them away as lucky hits. In the end, Rowan managed to use his Force powers to guide the StarScavenger through the storm. The Freemakers' ship narrowly avoided colliding with a mountain but Naare and Graballa's forces crashed straight into it.[15]

Upon landing, Zander, Rowan, and Kordi explored a nearby cave which led to a network of tunnels while Roger guarded the ship. Inside the tunnel system, they encountered a baby wampa, which took a liking to Zander. The Freemakers soon stumbled into a chamber full of crystals. Rowan managed to find the seventh Kyber Saber crystal using the Force. However, the crystal was a keystone to a natural booby trap system and triggered a cave-in. With the help of Rowan's stolen lightsaber, the Freemakers managed to dig themselves out only to discover that the StarScavenger was stuck in a frozen lake. Roger managed to escape but his language processor was frozen and he could only utter the word "genius."[15]

The Freemakers managed to take a few tauntauns and use them to drag an improvised sledge fashioned from a snowspeeder. Together, the Freemakers traveled to Echo Base only to find it occupied by the Imperial officers Durpin and Plumestriker, who had been sent to Hoth as punishment for their failure to stop the destruction of the Emperor Palpatine Museum. Durpin tried to drive the Freemakers away with his blaster while Plumestriker attempts to alert the Empire. The baby wampa then sprung to the Freemakers' defense and attacked Durpin. The mother wampa then drove the Imperials away. With Naare alerted to their presence, the Freemakers prepared for an assault.[15]

Combining their building skills and Rowan's Force powers, the Freemakers assembled an AT-AT walker and a snowspeeder. During the ensuing skirmish, Zander and Rowan flew the snowspeeder and managed to use their tow cable to rip the canopy of Dengar's fighter, causing it to crash. Meanwhile, Kordi's walker shot down Graballa's ship Rancor's Fist, which crashed and freed the StarScavenger from its frozen tomb. However, their snowspeeder was the shot down by Naare's Eclipse Fighter. The two brothers survived the crashed and watched as Kordi and Roger's AT-AT walker took down Naare's ship. In response, Naare unleashed an avalanche that toppled the Freemakers' walker.[15]

Zander and the other Freemakers managed to flee inside a cave. Naare then issued an ultimatum and offered to let them go if Rowan gave her the last Kyber Saber crystal. Despite Zander and Kordi's objections, Rowan decided to give in to Naare's demands and surrendered the crystal. However, he switched the real crystal with a block of ice. The Freemakers then fled with the real Kyber crystal aboard the StarScavenger. Once in space, the Freemakers agreed they could not return to their Garage and talked about traveling to different places including Kamino and Tatooine. Zander and Kordi were upset when Rowan left with Roger and the last crystal on the Freemaker scavenger vessel in order to keep them safe from Naare.[15]

Return to the WheelEdit

Freemakers Naboo Duel

Kordi and Zander searching for Rowan

After the events on Hoth, Zander and Kordi traveled to several worlds including Naboo, Bespin, Kashyyyk, and Tatooine in an attempt to find their younger brother Rowan. After getting their tools stolen by Jawas on Tatooine, the two decided to return to the Freemaker Garage on the Wheel. Unknown to them, they were being tailed by the Kubaz spy Garindan who reported on their movements to Graballa. Upon arriving back at the Wheel, they were greeted by their landlord Furlac; who demanded payment for their rent and compensation for their damaged garage door. Zander and his sister were then ambushed by Naare, Graballa, and his henchmen; who were still looking for Rowan.[16]

Despite being put into chains, Zander and Kordi refused to cooperate. To lure Rowan out of hiding, Naare decided to torture the two siblings by destroying their prized possessions. In Zander's presence, she damaged the StarScavenger and destroyed several of his starfighters before burning Kordi's credits. This caused Zander and Kordi much emotion distress, which was picked up through the Force by Rowan. As planned, Rowan and Roger returned to the Wheel in their scavenger vessel. However, Rowan had improved his lightsaber skills and Force powers. Using these new-found skills and powers, Rowan attacked Naare and Graballa's henchmen and managed to free Zander and Kordi from their restraints.[16]

Zander and Kordi then became involved in a gun battle against Graballa and his henchmen. While Kordi distracted Baash and Raam, Zander trapped them in a magnetizer. Zander also fired a gas canister at Graballa himself, knocking the Hutt into Baash and Raam, who were still clinging onto the magnetizer. Meanwhile, Rowan managed to fight Naare to a standstill. However, Naare learnt that Roger knew the location of the seventh Kyber Saber crystal. She beheaded the battle droid and stole her head. Before Zander and Kordi could stop her, she used debris to pin them down. Naare then turned on Graballa and his henchmen and used the Force to drive them out of the Freemaker Garage. After burying Rowan beneath a heap of debris, Naare departed with Roger's head in the Eclipse Fighter.[16]

After Naare had left, Zander and Kordi dug Rowan out of the debris. While Rowan was unhurt, he was despondent that he had failed to stop Naare and opined that he was no Jedi. At that point, Rowan experienced an epiphany and realized that he was neither a Jedi nor Sith but a Freemaker above all else. Together, the Freemakers vowed to defeat Naare.[16]

Showdown on CoruscantEdit

Zander Blazemaker II Return

Zander flying the Blazemaker Mark II over Coruscant

After Rowan repaired the Freemaker Garage and the StarScavenger, he proposed stealing the Kyber Saber from Naare by impersonating the Emperor. Zander and Kordi thought their brother's plan had little chance of success but agreed to support it nonetheless. The Freemakers traveled to the galactic capital of Coruscant where they infiltrated the Imperial Palace through the sewers. Meanwhile, Naare recovered the Kyber Saber and rebelled against the Emperor. She traveled back to Coruscant and used the Kyber Saber to wipe out the orbiting Imperial fleet.[3]

After Rowan managed to infiltrate the Imperial Palace, Zander and Kordi headed back to the StarScavenger. On they way, they found Roger's head, which had been discarded by Naare. The Freemakers then saved several civilians including Wick Cooper who had been thrown down a platform by an enraged Naare for not accepting her as Empress. Zander and Kordi then picked up Rowan after he had successfully stolen the Kyber Saber from Naare and the Emperor. They then fled on their ship through the sky lanes of Coruscant but were pursued by TIE fighters.[3]

During the dogfight, Zander flew in the Blazemaker Mark II and used it to destroy several of the pursuing TIE fighters. Zander and his family then fled into hyperspace aboard the StarScavenger. After Rowan destroyed the Kyber Saber on Mustafar, the Freemakers decide not to return to the Wheel because the Empire had placed a bounty on Rowan's head. They instead decide to travel the stars as a family. Shortly later, they encountered the Alliance Fleet led by Admiral Ackbar, who had heard of Rowan's exploits and invited them to join the Rebel Alliance.[3]

Personality and traitsEdit

Zander was also self-described daredevil racing enthusiast. He was skilled with tools and obsessed with starships. Zander also took good care of his hair and appearance.[2] Zander was the Freemaker family's leading mechanic and helped keep the family business Freemaker Salvage and Repair afloat.[5] Despite being a skilled and creative starship mechanic, Zander also had poor impulse control and could be reckless at times. Zander's On one occasion, he took a vintage N-1 starfighter owned by a wealthy Freemaker customer named Wick Cooper on a joyride and wrecked the starship.[7]

Despite his flaws, Zander was a loving and supportive big brother to his sister Kordi and brother Rowan.[4] While Zander was sometimes annoyed by Kordi's serious approach to life[8], he still sympathized and supported her efforts to manage the family's expenses and bills.[9] Zander looked after Rowan and tried to cheer him up on a number occasions.[8] The two got on well and Zander often liked to display his starship repairing skills to Rowan.[7] While Zander was not as closely attached to the battle droid Roger, they still got on well and Zander repaired Roger on a few occasions.[12] Despite their respectful relationship, he was still annoyed with Roger's clumsy antics such as letting Naare track them down[13] and Roger's pessimistic outlook.[14]

Zander also had a humorous view of life even in the most dire of circumstances. He once told Darth Vader his entire life story while being interrogated after taking Cooper's N-1 starfighter into the middle of a dogfight between Imperial and rebel forces.[7] Zander found Naare attractive[6] but turned against the female Force-wielder after learning that she was a Sith agent.[12] Zander had an uneasy relationship with Wick Cooper, who took every opportunity to belittle Zander and to warn him not to damage his vehicles.[10]. He even said things like "Zander Freemaker, superstar pilot guy."[12]

Due to his impulsive and carefree personality, Zander found it hard to concentrate on tasks. On one occasion, he allowed himself to get distracted by another N-1 starfighter while helping Rowan to find the sixth Kyber Saber crystal.[13] Despite his friendly and vibrant persona, Zander did display annoyance and disapproval on a few occasions. On one occasion, he was disappointed with Rowan when he took the StarScavenger on a quest to find the second Kyber Saber crystal.[6] On another occasion, Zander was annoyed with Roger for almost killing them by accidentally toppling a crescent-shaped structure on Zoh.[14]

Skills and abilitiesEdit

Zander Freemaker was a skilled starship mechanic who could even repair things while blindfolded. In addition, he could also free himself from chains and ropes. Zander also had a sharp sense of smell which led him to detect the chromium zinc of an N-1 starsfighter.[7] Zander was also a skilled pilot who could pilot numerous vehicles including the Freemakers' transport ship, the StarScavenger.[5] He also built numerous vehicles including the Blazemaker starfighters, several Z-wings[6], and a submarine called the Bubbly Snubbly.[13]

Behind the scenesEdit

Zander Freemaker is voiced by Eugene Byrd.[2] He is one of the four main protagonist of the non-Canon Disney XD animated TV series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, which ran from June 20 to August 29, 2016.

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The creators of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Bill Motz and Bob Roth state that Zander is about eighteen years old at the time of the story, which takes place between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 SWCustom-2011 LEGO Star Wars: The Freemakers Adventures premiered June 20, 2016 on Disney XD on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Return of the Kyber Saber"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 SWCustom-2011 SWCE 2016: LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Panel Liveblog on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "A Hero Discovered"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Mines of Graballa"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Zander's Joyride"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Lost Treasure of Cloud City"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Peril on Kashyyyk"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Crossing Paths"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Race on Tatooine"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Test"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 13.9 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Maker of Zoh"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Showdown on Hoth"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 The Freemakers mini logo LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Duel of Destiny"

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