BackgroundFrom a 1979 Kenner in-package catalog:
Help the scavenger JAWAS transport their DROIDS using Radio Control!For a Star Wars crazed kid growing up in the late 70's, the Sandcrawler was one of the most anticipated toys in Kenner's line, but in a world of $10 X-Wings and TIE Fighters, the $30 Sandcrawler was just too much money to even think of asking for one...
Those kids who were lucky enough to get one of these vehicles quickly found that its remote control action didn't offer all that much control. Unlike today's electronic toys, those of 20 years ago were very limited in range and function. The Sandcrawler was of a design in which the vehicle was in constant forward motion until the remote's button was pressed. Activating the button stopped the forward motion and caused the vehicle to back up in a circle. When the vehicle was pointing in the desired direction, the button was released and forward motion resumed.
The Sandcrawler was only offered toward the end of the Star Wars run and was not available in the US in ESB packaging. (Like a few other SW releases, the Sandcrawler was offered in Canada under the ESB logo.)