i have only had one experience with traxxas in the last few years, and it was a reasonably positive one. it was a friend of mine who won an e-revo brushless. as with lots of others in this thread the suspension on it stock was incredibly soft, so he had bought some alloy touring car shocks and stiffer springs, the rockers needed changing because he broke one in the first outing. the bumpers were destroyed after a while but he just cut them off. then he replaced all of the arms with rpm, because they kept failing. he drove the car hard, but not unreasonably badly, stuff you would expect from a monster truck. then he told me the price that he would have payed. £600!
my savage flux has lasted a little better, his revo destroys my savage around the track, but he always hold back nowerdays as he is afraid of breaking stuff.
so not a bad truck, fast, handles good for a truck, but definitely not worth how much it costs, if it came with softer plastics, and some more alloy bits in the right places it could justify it. but as its sits... no.