I kind of agree with the Traxxas forcing things along. Really outside of the hobby I would say it is the only brand most people could name if you asked them.
I would get the HPI if it ever comes out. I love the hell out of my Wheelyking. I think those already making scale trail trucks combinded could keep Traxxas from pushing their weight around too much. But I guess we will see. I noticed not long after Cen sent RCsparks a pair of trucks, Traxxas sent him a pair of the new Xmaxxs...