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"Clan Wren is clearly a threat to the Empire, and must be made an example of."
―Gar Saxon ordering the extermination of Clan Wren[11]

Gar Saxon was a Mandalorian human male who served as a commander of the Mandalorian super commandos in Maul's Shadow Collective during the Clone Wars and later as Imperial Viceroy and Governor of his homeworld of Mandalore during the reign of the Galactic Empire.

During the Clone Wars, Saxon was one member of the two-man extraction team that rescued Maul from the Spire on Stygeon Prime and later commanded Maul's ground forces during General Grievous' invasion of the Collective base on Ord Mantell. He was also present during the Siege of Mandalore, commanding Maul's forces along with Rook Kast during the invasion, where during the siege, he was responsible for executing the Mandalorian Prime Minister Almec on Maul's orders. After the rise of the Empire, Saxon served as an Emperor's Hand to Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine and was the leader of the Imperial Super Commandos until his death on Krownest in 2 BBY.


Clone Wars[]

Serving Maul[]

"You heard him — Let's go scrap some droids! Victory or death!"
―Gar Saxon[5]
Stygeon Prime rescue

Saxon and Kast break Maul out of the Spire on Stygeon Prime

Gar Saxon was a member of Clan Saxon and the Death Watch, a group of Mandalorians that opposed the pacifist government of Mandalore. He[3] served under Pre Vizsla until Vizsla was killed by Maul in a duel for control of Mandalore.[12] Saxon then became fully devoted to his new leader.[10]

When Maul was captured by Darth Sidious, Saxon, along with Rook Kast, were sent by Mandalore Prime Minister Almec to free Maul from the Spire on Stygeon Prime. The duo managed to successfully do so without problem and escape on a Mandalorian Gauntlet fighter towards Zanbar, as instructed by Almec prior to the attack.[10]

After freeing Maul, Saxon took him to Zanbar's secret Shadow Collective base. General Grievous, under orders from Count Dooku attacked the planet with his droid army. During this attack, Saxon fought alongside his fellow Shadow Collective soldiers. After Grievous' droids defeated the majority of the soldiers, Saxon escaped the brutal battle along with Maul, Kast and other members of the Shadow Collective and headed towards Ord Mantell where they would meet up with members of the Pyke Syndicate and Black Sun at the base on the planet.[10]

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Saxon and Maul preparing their forces for the battle

Saxon, on Ord Mantell with the rest of the Shadow Collective, staged the next attack against the Separatist Forces. Saxon was then put in command of the ground forces that would fight the droid army in the attack. Unfortunately, Saxon and his men were defeated and rounded up so that the droids could eliminate them. Luckily, Maul made Grievous turn off the droids command signal which, in turn, allowed Saxon and his men to live another day. With the droids deactivated, Saxon and his men tore the droid army apart. Saxon, then, along with his men, saved the Zabrak Viscus and captured Count Dooku, who was about to kill the Nightbrother.[5]

Fall of the Shadow Collective[]

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Saxon and Kast during the battle

After Ord Mantell, Saxon and the rest of the Shadow Collective escaped to Vizsla Keep 09, a Mandalorian supply outpost near Ord Mantell. By this time, the Republic had been notified of the events on Ord Mantell and launched an attack on the outpost. Saxon was present while Maul told Sidious of the failure of his apprentice and general. He later took Grievous to a high security cell while Maul attempted to persuade Dooku to join him as his new apprentice. Soon, Saxon was forced to take charge of his men when a Republic assault led by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Master Tiplee attacked the outpost. While the assault took place, Maul and his new ally Count Dooku joined the fray around the same time as Mace Windu and the Twi'lek Aayla Secura. Maul began to clash with Secura and Windu while Dooku fought Kenobi and Tiplee. While this occurred, Saxon instructed Kast to shoot a missile at Secura before she defeated Maul. With Secura distracted, Saxon, Kast, Maul, and later Dooku entered a Gauntlet fighter and escaped, leaving Kenobi, Secura, Windu, and a dead Tiplee on the outpost.[13]

Later, while on course for Dathomir, Maul contacted Ziton Moj and Fife via hologram. The two threatened to leave the Shadow Collective if they were not paid what they were promised. Once the leaders left, Maul contacted Saxon and told the commander to keep the two in line. However, this would be for naught, as the Shadow Collective would dissolve shortly thereafter when Separatist fleets attacked the Black Sun and Pyke Syndicate.[14]

Siege of Mandalore[]

"It's been a while since we had a fight like this. Are you ready?"
―Saxon, to Almec[15]

Saxon with his Galar-90 rifle at the time of the Siege of Mandalore.

Eventually, Saxon and the rest of the super commandos regrouped on Mandalore in the domed city of Sundari. During the last days of the Clone Wars, the Mandalore resistance and the Galactic Republic mounted a joint invasion of Mandalore. After ending a transmission with the invaders, Prime Minister Almec ordered Saxon to prepare their forces for the invasion. Before departing to combat the invaders, Saxon asked Almec if he was ready for such a large fight as they had not been in one for quite some time.[15]

Later, Saxon was defending the area outside of the Sundari Royal Palace, tackling one of the clones before knocking them off and killing them with a single shot of his WESTAR-35 blaster pistol. He then fired a rocket out into the crowd of clone troopers and turned to block a shot with his Personal Combat Shield as he continued to fire upon the enemy with his blaster. Ducking out of combat, Saxon contacted Almec and informed him of the strong opposition they were facing outside of the palace and the capture of the Sundari shipping docks by the enemy. With this, Almec ordered him to escape into the undercity, where he would be met by Maul. Saxon ended the transmission and continued to fire his blaster at the troopers before using his jetpack to fly into the undercity with several other super commandos while being pursued by several clone troopers. Reaching the undercity, he escaped into the sewage ports in order to set a trap for the former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano.[15]

As the Republic forces entered the sewage ports themselves, Saxon, Kast, and several other super commandos waited in hiding to spring their trap. Seeing that they were in an optimal position, Kast sprung the trap, firing an explosive at the Republic forces, disorienting them for a moment before they charged towards the super commandos. The super commandos easily outmatched the clones, and as Tano reached a clearing in the ports, attempting to regroup with her forces, the super commandos surrounded her, and Maul emerged from hiding to confront her.[15]

However, Tano escaped with the assistance of clone trooper reinforcements, forcing Maul and his forces away. However, they later led a counterattack leading to the capture of ARC trooper Jesse. During the interrogation, Maul sent Saxon to eliminate Almec. After he arrived at the prison, Saxon shot Almec in his cell while he was in the process of being interrogated by Tano and Bo-Katan Kryze. Saxon then fled, but was chased by Kryze, as Almec died but not before giving Ahsoka the name "Skywalker." Saxon eventually used a falling elevator to damage Kryze's jetpack, with Saxon fleeing the prison by air, making his pursuer unable to follow.[16]


Saxon and the super commandos converge as Maul converses with the Shadow Collective leaders.

Saxon regrouped with Maul in the Undercity, who was speaking with the other members of the Shadow Collective, including Black Sun and the Pykes, who had rejoined since their abrupt departure. Kast informed Saxon that Maul was instructing the various criminal leaders to go into hiding, in order to wait out the disarray that was so soon to unfold across the galaxy.[16]

Saxon later participated in a battle against the 332nd Company, commanding the Mandalorian forces in the middle of the city in what seemed like it would be an early victory. However, Bo-Katan's forces arrived to reinforce the clones, and soon defeated Saxon's forces. As the super commandos were being pushed back by the clones and Bo-Katan's troops, he requested backup from Maul, who at the time was attempting to flee the battle, with Tano in close pursuit. Despite Saxon's pleas for assistance, Maul declined to send any support, telling Saxon to die well, before attempting to escape, only to be cut off by Tano. Saxon was later captured by Commander CT-7567 "Rex" and the clones of the 332nd Company before Rex ordered gunships to help Ahsoka fight Maul.[16]

In the aftermath of Maul's capture at the hands of Tano, Saxon was among the surviving Mandalorians taken into custody by the Republic forces and Bo-Katan.[17]

Age of the Empire[]

Attacking the Protectors[]

"Gar Saxon is a killer."
"He's the Emperor's Hand, the acting ruler and governor of Mandalore."
―Sabine and Tristan Wren[11]
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Fenn Rau, leader of the Protectors and Saxon's rival

Following the dissolution of the Shadow Collective, Gar Saxon once again joined an outside regime by siding with the Galactic Empire. Desiring power for himself, Saxon collaborated with the Empire[18] and around 6 BBY[2] was pardoned and installed as Governor of Mandalore by Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine[11] and leader of the Imperial Super Commandos,[2] Mandalorians who served the Empire. As proxies of the Empire, Saxon and his Imperial Super Commandos enforced the Empire's will on Mandalore. As Viceroy, Saxon donned a variant of the Super Commando armor that was distinct from the rest, with large patches of red on the suit and helmet.[18]

Saxon also had a rivalry with Fenn Rau, the leader of the Mandalorian Protectors, a rival Mandalorian faction based in the Concord Dawn system.[6] In 2 BBY,[2] an opportunity for Saxon to move against Rau emerged when Saxon learned that the Protectors were allowing the rebellion to use the Concord Dawn system as a thorough-way to avoid Imperial sector patrols. In an attempt to lure Rau back to Concord Dawn, as well as to get rid of his rivals, Saxon and his Imperial Super Commandos attacked the Protectors Camp on the third moon of Concord Dawn, leaving no survivors.[6]

As expected, Rau returned to the third moon of Concord Dawn after learning that contact with his fellow Protectors had been lost. Saxon's plan was complicated by the fact that Rau was accompanied by three of his rebel captors: the Mandalorian girl Sabine Wren, a fellow member of House Vizsla; the Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger; and the astromech droid Chopper. After the rebels attacked and destroyed an Imperial dwarf probe droid, Saxon and his men disembarked from their starship and traveled to the Protectors Camp. Rau and Sabine managed to escape, but Saxon and his men captured Ezra and Chopper.[6]

Interrogating rebels[]

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Saxon and his Super Commandos facing Sabine and her rebel companions

Saxon had Ezra brought to an empty hut where he proceeded to interrogate the boy. He also ordered his men to search for Ezra's companions. Saxon then removed his red helmet and introduced himself to the boy. Shortly thereafter, another Super Commando entered the hut with Chopper. Ezra claimed that he and Chopper were scavengers who were part of Hondo Ohnaka's scavenging gang. A third Super Commando entered the room to report that he and his men had found no sign of the other rebels. However, Saxon was unsatisfied and proceeded to interrogate Ezra further.[6]

When Ezra feigned ignorance of the rebellion, Saxon reminded the boy that he was a seasoned Mandalorian warrior and not a fresh-faced Imperial Academy graduate. Despite Saxon's intimidation, Ezra continue to feign ignorance about Mandalore and the Empire. Losing patience, Saxon and one of his Super Commandos fired blaster bolts at Chopper, startling the droid and Ezra. Ezra then claimed that he was Lando Calrissian. Saxon sensed the boy was lying and told Ezra that he was giving him what he wanted to know whether he realized it or not. After Saxon threatened to dig out of Chopper's memory circuits, Ezra claimed that Fenn Rau had sent him.[6]

Saxon then questioned Ezra about Rau's whereabouts but the boy expressed ignorance. Losing patience, Saxon grabbed "Lando" by the throat before hurling him against the wall. Saxon then attempted to shoot Chopper in order to dig out the droid's memory circuits. However, Ezra used the Force to deflect Saxon's blaster bolts. At that point, Saxon ascertained that Ezra was a Jedi and would make a valuable captive. Before he could deal with Ezra, Sabine threw smoke grenades into the building and managed to rescue Ezra and Chopper. However, Rau stole the Phantom II and escaped, leaving them stranded.[6]

Showdown with Sabine[]


Saxon and his men pursuing rebels

Saxon and his Super Commandos then surrounded the three rebels outside of the encampment. Saxon recognized Sabine and claimed that her mother came round after Sabine abandoned her studies at the Imperial Academy of Mandalore. He also chastised her for shaming her family name. Out of respect for Sabine, he offered the rebel a chance to return to the fold by swearing fealty to him. Outnumbered, Sabine pretended to cooperate. When Saxon approached Sabine to demand her fealty, she told him that he was a fool before telling Chopper to upload Frequency 337 feedback into Saxon and his commandos' helmet.[6]

While Saxon and his men were temporarily incapacitated, Sabine and her rebel friends fled into the canyon. Sabine and Ezra shared a stolen jetpack while Chopper activated his own rocket thrusters. Saxon and his men pursued the rebels through the canyon on their jetpacks. However, the rebels managed to avoid their blasts and even managed to down one of his Super Commandos. As they approached a narrower part of the canyon, Saxon ordered his men to cut off their quarry by splitting up. Sabine managed to delay one Super Commando by collapsing rocks in their path. She then managed to kill or incapacitate another by blowing up his jetpack.[6]

Eventually, Sabine and the rebels reached Saxon's starship. However, Saxon and the remaining Imperial Super Commando caught up with them. Saxon prepared to execute Sabine and gave orders to his super commando to kill Ezra. Before they could take action, Fenn Rau returned in the Phantom II after experiencing a change of heart. He destroyed Saxon's starship and knocked down Saxon's remaining super commando. Saxon struggled with Sabine and attempted to kill her, but she escaped aboard the ship with Ezra's help. Saxon could only watch his burning ship as the rebels and Rau fled into space.[6]

Entanglement with Clan Wren[]

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Gar Saxon duels Sabine Wren

Saxon was at the Mandalorian capital city of Sundari when he was contacted by Ursa Wren, the leader of Clan Wren. Ursa informed him via holo of her daughter's arrival along with two Jedi. Saxon, realizing he could avenge his previous failure to capture Sabine, counseled that she was doing her duty to Mandalore and informed her to hold the Jedi until he and his super commandos arrived.[11]

Saxon traveled with a complement of super commandos to the Wren Stronghold on the planet Krownest, where members of Clan Wren had encircled Sabine and the two Jedi, one being Ezra Bridger, whom he had fought with previously, and the second being Bridger's master Kanan Jarrus. Saxon called upon Ursa to give him the Darksaber, which she had previously retrieved from her daughter to bargain her life with, seeking the ancient weapon to firmly cement his rule over Mandalore as legitimate. With the Darksaber in hand, Saxon declared that Ursa and all of Clan Wren had indeed held their end of the bargain, but to do so had consorted with traitors, making them liable to treason, for which he intended to wipe out the entire clan as an example. When Tristan Wren, son of Ursa and brother of Sabine, protested and said they were all Mandalorian therefore making such a betrayal unreasonable, Saxon realized he still had use and offered him a place to stay with the Empire over his family. To the Viceroy's satisfaction, Tristan initially seemed to side with him before declaring his place was at his family's side. Unconcerned, Saxon declared that Clan Wren would end with him and ignited the Darksaber as a signal to his men.[11]

Before the massacre could happen, however, Rau broke into the stronghold, surprising everyone and giving the Jedi their lightsabers, causing the stronghold to erupt in a fierce firefight. As his men fell one by one, Gar Saxon attempted to murder Ursa from behind, but was stopped by Sabine, who was now using Bridger's lightsaber. Enraged, Saxon activated his jetpack and sent them both crashing through a window to a nearby frozen lake.[11]

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Sabine defeated but spared Saxon

The two Mandalorians engaged in a lightsaber duel, with Saxon brutally trying to kill Sabine with the Darksaber, as well as using his blaster pistol and jetpack. Wren temporarily incapacitated him with a flamethrower, allowing her to disable his jetpack. Forced to land again, the duel grew more intense, with the ice beginning to crack beneath their feet. Despite Saxon's efforts, however, he was bested when the younger Mandalorian disarmed him of the Darksaber and held both black and green blade to his throat, demanding he yield. Saxon refused and stated she would have to kill him. However, instead of executing him as was traditional of Mandalorian custom, Sabine opted to spare him, which angered Saxon. Unwilling to accept his defeat, Saxon prepared to shoot Sabine in the back but was shot through the heart by Ursa, who refused to allow him to kill her daughter as she had exited the stronghold with the others to observe. Shocked, the Viceroy managed one last hateful glare at Sabine before crumpling to the ground, dead.[11]


"Gar Saxon was guilty of treason against the throne, collaboration with our enemy, and the execution of my fellow Protectors. But when the rest of Mandalore finds out about his death, there will be chaos."
―Fenn Rau after the death of Gar Saxon[11]

With Gar Saxon's death, Rau stated that Mandalore would again dissolve into chaos without the leadership of the Viceroy. In contrast, Ursa believed that the chaos would be necessary to rebuild the strength of the planet. Rau also suggested that Sabine might be the successor to Saxon, stating that she now possessed the Darksaber, unchallenged. However, she rejected it, believing that by staying behind with her family she would find the true, capable leader.[11] Saxon was succeeded by his brother Tiber Saxon. During the testing of The Duchess, Grand Admiral Thrawn noted that Tiber was not like Gar, and asked how his brother would feel about Tiber's rejection of Mandalorian tradition, to which Tiber replied his brother no longer feels anything.[9]

Personality and traits[]

"I don't know what Lord Maul's big plan is, but it's not working."
"Rein it in, soldier. We don't
question the strategy—we ensure its success."
―Black Sun soldier and Saxon[19]

Gar Saxon during the Clone Wars

Gar Saxon was a brutal, ruthless, and aggressive Mandalorian. Under Maul he was shown to be very dedicated to the cause despite Maul being an outsider and a Force-user. After Maul's defeat, Saxon again swore loyalty to an outsider, this time the Empire. This led some, such as Sabine Wren, to question whether his true loyalty belonged to Mandalore or himself. This also meant his honor was called into question, preventing him from claiming the title of Mand'alor. Saxon was a fierce and brutal warrior and commander. He took pride in killing the Protectors for colluding with the rebellion and was determined to kill their leader Fenn Rau. Saxon was a ruthless and impatient interrogator who was not above using violence to extract results. He was an extremely cunning and manipulative leader.[6]

As the Empire's puppet ruler on Mandalore, Saxon sought to root out and punish traitors who defied the Empire. Saxon used Sabine's abandonment of the Empire to apply pressure on Clan Wren. Saxon imprisoned Sabine's father as a hostage and forced Countess Ursa Wren to submit her son Tristan Wren as a member of the Imperial Super Commandos. Saxon had an antipathy with Clan Wren and sought to use every opportunity to destroy the rival clan. In order to support his claim to rule Mandalore, Saxon sought to obtain the Darksaber from Sabine, though he had no right to the ancient weapon.[11]

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Gar Saxon during the Imperial Era

Due to his desire for power and dominance, Saxon was not gracious in conceding defeat. When he was beaten by Sabine in single combat, Saxon demanded that she execute him in order to save him the ignominy of bowing to her. When Sabine defied Mandalorian tradition by sparing his life, Saxon tried to kill her with his blaster but was shot dead by Ursa.[11] Saxon was also extremely dishonorable and self-serving, reneging on a bargain with Clan Wren to protect them and twice attempting to kill his opponents from behind when they were distracted, the latter of which cost him his life and effectively showcased him as little more than a self-serving traitor.[11] In spite of his persistent disloyalty to Mandalore by serving outside regimes, Saxon did not entirely abandon or disregard his heritage unlike his brother Tiber, as the armor he donned, though of an Imperial motif, was composed of beskar as opposed to plastoid.[9]

Saxon was power-hungry and willing to do whatever it took to end up on the winning side. Under Maul, he anticipated advancement in the Mandalorian leadership ranks,[20] although he was eventually betrayed by the former Sith apprentice.[16][17]

Saxon was a human male[3] who had light skin[5] and gray eyes.[6] By his governorship, his hair color had changed from blond[5] to gray.[6]

Skills and abilities[]

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Gar Saxon uses the Darksaber against Sabine Wren.

Saxon was a ferocious and merciless warrior on the battlefield. He knew how to operate blasters and a jetpack with extreme efficiency, more so than that of his fellow soldiers.[6] Maul's lieutenant was skilled in hand-to-hand combat as well, landing several good hits on the Nite Owl leader Bo-Katan Kryze (they stalemated in a fistfight).[16] Saxon was able to take on Sabine Wren in a lightsaber duel but was outwitted by the younger warrior, who had learned lightsaber techniques from Kanan and Ezra.[11]


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Saxon uses his ZX flamethrower.

During his service with the Shadow Collective's Mandalorian super commandos, Saxon wore his armor with horns on his helmet and his armor was painted with black and red to signify his allegiance to Maul.[10] His jetpack was equipped with Z-3X rockets,[21] and his armor was also equipped with a ZX flame projector.[22] He also used a Galar-90 rifle in combat.[23]

As leader of the Empire's Super Commandos, Saxon wore their Super Commando armor with the color red.[18]

Behind the scenes[]

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Saxon's Imperial Super Commando helmet

Gar Saxon first appeared in the 2014 Dark Horse Comics Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, which was based on four uncompleted Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes. Saxon later appeared in Star Wars Rebels, where he was voiced by Ray Stevenson, who later reprised his role in the seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

In the "Imperial Supercommandos" Rebels Recon video, Pablo Hidalgo described Saxon as the quintessential sellout who ruled Mandalore on behalf of the Empire.[18]


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Notes and references[]

  1. Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Timelines
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 StarWars-DatabankII Gar Saxon in the Databank (backup link)
  4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle!
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir 2
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Imperial Supercommandos"
  7. TwitterLogo Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) on Twitter: "@AnilSerifoglu He *should* have said House Vizsla. Because they're both aligned to that House." (content obsolete and backup link not available)
  8. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Zero Hour"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir 1
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Legacy of Mandalore"
  12. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Shades of Reason"
  13. Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir 3
  14. Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir 4
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Old Friends Not Forgotten"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "The Phantom Apprentice"
  17. 17.0 17.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Shattered"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 SWYTlogo Rebels Recon #3.06: Inside "Imperial Super Commandos" | Star Wars Rebels on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)  (Posted on StarWars.com)
  19. Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir 2
  20. ToppsDigitalLogo Star Wars: Card Trader (Card: Gar Saxon - 2020 Base Series 2)
  21. SW Legion template Star Wars: LegionGar Saxon Commander Expansion (Card: Saxon's Z-3X Jetpack Rockets)
  22. SW Legion template Star Wars: LegionGar Saxon Commander Expansion (Card: Saxon's ZX Flame Projector)
  23. SW Legion template Star Wars: LegionGar Saxon Commander Expansion (Card: Saxon's Galar-90 Rifle)