So for Christmas one of my kids got a remote control (R/C) monster truck. This was a cheap one from Target. The performance was not very good. After a short while it didn't work right... it would just stop and we had to restart it. Probably related to using Li-ion cells - though the voltage was matched to what Alkalines would be.
So I started researching R/C trucks and found this Maisto Rock Crawler Extreme. Short observations:
It climbs - this is not your ordinary R/C truck
Inexpensive - $30 at Target - what for this can do it's very good
front and rear shocks articulate very well in terrain
soft suspension actually works
soft rubber tires - these help climb rocks
All of these observations can be seen in the YouTube vid (especially see climbing rocks at 3:30 min in vid.)
Sold at: Target (There was not one available in my local Target store... so I clicked on "find in a store" and drove 2 hours to buy one that still had a few in stock.
When I held it in my hands I laughed like a little boy... knowing that I got a good R/C for once.
note: I am not an R/C person at all Mine is green