Looks like fun. I havent owned that particular model but traxxas has pretty good warranty, tech support and after market product support. The one I saw on the web is ready to run out of the box, not sure if it's offered in a kit though. Hard to find a kit these days, chinese factory workers dont want our kids to learn anything
If your just looking for something to bash around its a pretty good rig. However personally I would get one of Axial's ready to run scale crawlers. They look cooler work better and are easier to customize. Also they are cheaper.