Dont be scared to look at Hobao's range of buggies. I think they're branded as Ofna in the USA.
The Hyper 7 Pure Comp kit is thier top of the line kit, it TQ'd at the last 1/8th scale off road worlds. Its just as good as anything else out there, kyosho and mugen included. I just picked up my Hyper 7 Pure Comp kit for less that half what the Mugen MBX-5 Prospec sells for locally... Its got all the goodies, C hub suspension, pipe & header, pre-cut body and plenty of purple anodised bling bling
I bought mine at the same time as a mate bought his pure comp kit, here is a pic of his almost complete..