We’re suckers for a rad remote control car. There’s just something so damn fulfilling about building it, piece-by-piece, and then letting it loose in the backyard. That’s why we can’t wait to assemble the new Traxxas TRX-4 truck.
Just look at this off-road beast. The body of the truck is clear polycarbonate that comes with an array of decals and lenses for lights in both the front and rear of the vehicle. The polycarbonate is designed to be painted, but we think it looks kind of cool as is because it leaves the internal components exposed. There’s a expedition rack that helps ruggedize the body. There are traction boards. There are working LED lights. And, because Traxxis is very big on small details, there’s also a fire extinguisher, gas cans, and snorkel!
In terms of components, this truck has an electric motor with a single-speed transmission that’s low geared to maximize traction and take on the steepest challenges. It has four-wheel drive (obviously), and steel axles that will survive when they inevitably get banged around as it climbs up and over uneven terrain.
Like other Traxxas toys, the TRX-4 comes unassembled with a full-color, heavily detailed instruction manual. You’ll need it to put together the rugged truck, which when complete is almost two feet long, ten inches tall, and just over a foot wide. The chassis is a one-and-a-half millimeter rigid steel ladder frame with nylon composite crossmembers, and the tires are made of real rubber and filled with foam inserts.
A tough R/C truck that you get to build and customize yourself.
The electronic components, battery, and charger are available in different combinations and sold separately. This is a real hobbyist’s piece, so a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t make any sense.
So if you’re looking for a challenging build-it-yourself vehicle to tackle with the kids, the TRX-4 is worth your time. At nearly $300, it’s not a casual purchase, but it’s customizability, the quality of its components, and the dual fun of building and piloting a rugged truck make it worth the money to the right buyer.