Earlier this summer, I went up to my collection room and spent some time admiring my horde of Hasbro Jawas.* I’m not entirely sure why, but I just LOVE those little buggers!
I decided that I wanted to see what my new little scavengers would look like in a makeshift droid auction in front of their Sandcrawler.
So I pulled my Vintage Kenner Radio Controlled Jawa Sandcrawler down off the shelf, posed a bunch of Hasbro droids and Jawa action figures around it... and my heart sank.
That tiny, dinky, out-of-scale, pathetic Sandcrawler looked ridiculous next to my Jawas!* I mean, I loved this Sandcrawler as a kid, but now… it just wasn’t working for me.
Anyone that knows ME (and my severe STAR WARS Collector mental illness) knows that I could NOT allow that to stand!!
I immediately got in touch with a model builder friend from South America and commissioned him to build me an all-NEW Jawa Sandcrawler toy in correct scale to Hasbro's 3-3/4 inch figures!!
The stats on my Custom-built Sandcrawler:
This custom Jawa Sandcrawler's measurements are 29 inches (2-1/2 FEET) in height, and 61 inches (5.1 Feet) in length!
The Jawa Sandcrawler features a removable side panel for access to the crawler's "ore-processing room", a removable top panel for access to the detailed Main Control Overbridge , and a front loading main ramp into the main hold, and working interior / exterior lights.
For an additional fee, I have commissioned to have this toy fully converted into a rolling, functioning, steerable RC toy with working treads! (Just like the Lucasfilm model)
For the conversion, we are using the electronic rolling treads from a 1/12th scale RC german tank as the functioning RC platform. There will be one PAIR of rolling treads at each of the Crawler's 4 corners (that's 8 total treads).
We are using the working treads and RC electronics from this RC tank:
Because of the Sancrawler's considerable size and weight, it will roll somewhat slower than the tank seen in this video link.* The RC tank's black rubber treads will be modified to more accurately resemble the Sandcrawler's simpler flat pattern.
This custom Sandcrawler toy is made of 1/4 inch thick hardboard, plastic, fibergass, and magnetic links (to hold removable panels in place). It's considerably heavy (about 25 lbs).