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Sandcrawler ANH
Digger crawler
Production information
Manufacturer

Corellia Mining Corporation[1]

Model

Digger crawler[1]

Class

Wheeled[2]

Cost
  • 150,000 credits (new)[2]
  • 60,000 credits (used)[2]
Technical specifications
Length

36.8 meters[3]

Height/depth

20 meters[3]

Maximum speed

30 km/h[3]

Engine unit(s)

Girodyne Ka/La steam powered nuclear fusion engines[1]

Crew
Passengers
Cargo capacity

50 tons[1]

Consumables

2 months[1]

Usage
Era(s)
Affiliation

The Corellia Mining Corporation Digger crawler was a model of sandcrawler.

CharacteristicsEdit

Corellia Mining Corporation digger crawlers were powered by ancient Ka/La steam powered nuclear fusion engines. Giant treads allowed them to cross difficult terrain. The crawlers had to be extremely stable to prevent the vehicle from toppling over when caught in powerful sandstorms, and were therefore the best way for the Jawas to cross the harsh deserts of Tatooine while avoiding attacks from Tusken Raiders who tended to stay away from these massive vehicles.

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Sandcrawler schematics.

About half of a digger crawler's volume was devoted to cargo space—originally for ore, these areas were quickly retrofitted as storage areas to hold Jawa salvage. The rest of the vehicle contained workshops for tinkering with and repairing technology found among the dunes.

Captured droids and equipment were pulled into the storage areas via an extendable magnetic suction tube formerly used for drawing ore. A retractable front-loading hatch also allowed the Jawas to claim larger materials. Any reclaimed scrap was added amid the maze of junk spread throughout the cluttered hold, or melted in the giant central smelting area.

The vehicle's bridge, located on top of the sandcrawler, was surrounded by a series of tiny windows. The clan's chief could often be found in this command center, which provided an excellent view of the desert. Scouts also kept watch for glints of metal that might indicate hidden treasure, aided by scanners and metal detectors. Only a small amount of the crawler was used for the crew, and Jawas often slept six in a cabin the size of an average humanoid's closet.

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Sandcrawler cross-section.

The sandcrawler had dimensions of 36.8 meters tall and 20 meters tall, and could carry 40 tons of cargo up to 30 kilometers per hour.[6]

Digger crawlers required a lot of repair-work and over time many took on altered appearances as parts were added or replaced, as such some looked completely different or may have had varying capabilities. One popular modification were the addition of crane-arms, top mounted or extended out side panels.

HistoryEdit

The digger crawlers were brought to the planet by Corellian miners who hoped to find ore resources on the planet. When this plan backfired, they were abandoned along with the rest of the mining equipment.

These sandcrawlers came to be used by the native Jawas for the following millennia as scavenging and peddling vehicles. As a result, the crawlers became an important component of Jawa society, providing a home and a transport for scouring the desert in search of the droids, wrecked starships, and scrap metal that their economy thrived on.

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Digger crawler during the time of the Cold War

Traditionally, half of a given Jawa clan would remain in their village or desert fortress, while the other half would reside within a sandcrawler to support the rest. While the tank-like vehicle's thick armor plating provided significant protection, a sandcrawler could be disabled by several well-aimed blaster shots.

Because of their age, the sandcrawlers required constant repair, although many moisture farmers noted that their Jawa owners seemed to be capable of maintaining them forever. Sandcrawlers were rarely seen together, though they convened annually at mysterious Jawa swap meets in the Dune Sea. At these clandestine gatherings, numerous clans would commune to exchange scraps, sell droids, buy technology, or even arrange inter-clan marriages.

The Rebel Alliance-affiliated droids R2-D2 and C-3PO were captured and placed on-board a sandcrawler after the Battle of Tatooine in 0 ABY. They were sold to Owen Lars, the guardian of Luke Skywalker. Skywalker escaped an Imperial search team and joined the Rebellion.[5]

Six months later, Skywalker returned to Tatooine and fought an Imperial detachment of viper probe droids. A sandcrawler was nearby during the attack.[7]

In 14 ABY, during a mission to Tatooine, Jaden Korr had to negotiate with a few Jawas, and got into a digger crawler. Jaden retrieved an R5 astromech droid, amongst a pile of other disabled droids.[8]

Behind the scenesEdit

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Concept art by Ralph McQuarrie.

During filming of A New Hope, only the bottom part of the sandcrawler was built for close-up scenes in the Tatooine desert. The moving shots of the sandcrawler were realized through a miniature remote-controlled model.

A blue sandcrawler appears in an episode of the Cartoon Network TV show The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. However, the sandcrawler in the episode belongs to a similarly blue Tusken Raider (who is uncharacteristically friendly to the show's protagonist) rather than Jawas.

The end credits of the documentary The Beginning: Making Episode I shows a series of short clips from The Phantom Menace with visual jokes added by ILM. In one clip, a sandcrawler is seen racing a Podracer in the Tatooine desert.

AppearancesEdit

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A digger crawler

Non-canon appearancesEdit

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