compared to nikko , traxxas is much better (look at the thread a few down from this one... lol). i got into the hobby with a traxxas, a cheep one, yet, it is upgradable, so you can make it better and better. i just got a electric rustler, used, just to use as a "fun " car. if i wanted, i could buy a better motor, gears, and other things to make it better.
basicly, traxxas is a very friendly introduction to the r/c hobby, but isnt the best.