The truck is very realistic with live 4WD. Not bad on the driveway or in the sand. Does a great a job at destroying Lincoln® Log villages. That was our primary goal for purchasing the truck. A very similar truck is $xx at Walmart, but does not include the batteries. Speed of the truck is very dependent on battery quality and type.
We purchased two of these trucks for our grandsons--ages 8 and 5. There were some usage issues at first;, i.e., DO NOT THROW THE TRUCK! But really these are very well made and very well suited for our rural landscape. The boys LOVE them! They use them in the grass, the gravel road, over rocks, etc. Great gift!
We bought this truck in Blue for our sons 6th birthday with the hopes that it would entertain him during are week at our camp and maybe survive the rest of the summer... 1.5 yrs later one of the motors finally died (I think it went through water). This thing really crawls and handles climbing over rocks, etc... Performed far better than I ever thought it would. We bought it for approx $** back then... Clearly they realized they can up the price due to the quality for a cheap RC truck.