Well this is a huge debate... and I'll prolly make some people rather uncomfortable here.. so I'll apologize in advance. It is not intentional, nor is this post pointed at anyone particular - rather just some experiences I have had I will start off by saying that we are all on different budgets at different times of the year.. and that each one of us has had different experiences with crawler rigs, making them "good" or "bad". The HPI Crawler King is pretty cool. It has some redeeming factors such as Price, and the rugged look of a Jeep. I know that for anyone just starting in the hobby.. this truck maybe the route you want to go. In my Opinion.. it is an entry level hobby grade vehicle - and is what i would expect for a fair dollar value. Some downfalls about the big beast.. is its very top heavy.. and the axle housings are very thin. A few scrapes over the rocks.. and you can literally wear down the diff cover by trailing. Ive seen them with holes right in the diff case. Losi is the next in line (IMO) - I had the unfortunate experience of being one of the first people to get a Losi Rock Crawler. For those of you who do not know - the first 1000 Losi rock crawlers off the line, had many many issues. CVDs were snapping, the introduction of the worm gears was a challenge (the had a machinist doing them, and he cut the threads wrong), which resulted in High Heat, and even electronics fires - IE: ESCS & lipos lighting on fires from the power draw. This was only a few of the issues with the crawler I had from Losi Sigghhh.. it sucked. Very expensive ball of "nothing good" was my experience. BUT.. since then.. the Losi Crawler has had change after change, and they have been doing their best to give them a good rep again. Though I had a bad experience - I know of quite a few people that have had GOOD luck with the crawlers.. and many that have taken home a win. In my opinion though.. those darn worm gears are just truly something that is left to be desired. And then there is Axial. Also with some limitations. The older Axial Scorpion WAS awesome when they came out.. but with the long drive shaft that was running them and the RTC version .. the drive shafts would catch on the rocks. Other Motor on Axle systems were kicking but because the Axials simply couldn't keep up with the Shafty limitation. But.. over all.. if I was to have to choose between the 3 .. and had a decent budget.. I would spring for the Axial.. only because of Cost vs Value vs Part support. In my opinion - that is the best bang for the buck out of all three. ________ Let the debate begin!