Traxxas has captured my attention with the introduction of the Traxxas BIGFOOT, and for good reason. This monster truck carries a rich history that your grandfather might be familiar with. Before diving into the details of this RC truck, let me ask you: Have you ever heard of the Ford Bigfoot? If not, allow me to enlighten you. The name “Bigfoot” originated from the first-ever monster truck in the world, created when a Ford F-250 owner modified his vehicle into the iconic Bigfoot truck. This legendary truck gained fame for its immense power, establishing itself as the pioneer of monster trucks. While owning a real Bigfoot may be out of reach for most, Traxxas provides the opportunity to own an RC replica car—the Traxxas BIGFOOT. Let’s explore the exciting details of this vehicle.
The Body: If you’re familiar with the Ford BIGFOOT, you’ll instantly recognize the classic design of the Traxxas BIGFOOT. The body boasts intricate details that make it almost indistinguishable from the real vehicle in a picture. Traxxas has done an impressive job recreating the body using stickers, faux headlights, and traditional clips (which might not be everyone’s favorite). They have even added branding stickers and a license plate bearing the BIGFOOT name and the year of its inception. This RC car is not just for anyone—it’s designed for those who have a genuine passion for this legendary vehicle. Despite its classic design, the BIGFOOT exudes a powerful and aggressive aura.
Chassis and Performance:
The Traxxas Bigfoot shares the same chassis as the Stampede, known for its excellent handling and stability. However, unlike the real BIGFOOT, the RC version is a 2WD monster truck. Equipped with a Titan 12-turn 550 modified motor and a powerful XL-5 waterproof electronic speed control, the BIGFOOT can reach speeds of up to 30 mph or approximately 50 km/h. While some might consider this speed relatively modest for a branded vehicle, it’s important to note that speed alone does not define the greatness of an RC car. The BIGFOOT’s standout feature lies in its large wheels, allowing it to conquer and traverse any terrain with ease—an advantage not shared by many other Traxxas RC cars. The BIGFOOT comes with a 7-cell NiMH battery that provides up to 15 minutes of playtime, and the included charger ensures convenient and fast recharging.
Like any RC car, the Traxxas BIGFOOT offers a multitude of upgrade options for enhanced fun and performance. From suspension arms and motors to shocks, bodies, and caster blocks, there are numerous customization possibilities available. You can even add extra headlights to further enhance its appearance. The best part is that these upgrades are affordable and easily replaceable.
Likes and Dislikes:
While the Traxxas BIGFOOT is an overall great RC car, there are a few aspects that left me wanting more. Firstly, the absence of a 4WD system was disappointing, considering the BIGFOOT’s reputation as a 4×4 monster truck. While the shared chassis with the Stampede is understandable, it would have been exciting to see a 4×4 version incorporated into the BIGFOOT. Additionally, although the design of the headlights is intricate, I would have preferred functional headlights. However, it is worth mentioning that creative enthusiasts have found ways to add their own functioning headlights to the BIGFOOT, as demonstrated on darkeclipticheart’s YouTube channel.
On the positive side, there are several aspects of the BIGFOOT that I thoroughly enjoyed. First and foremost, the inclusion of a battery and charger sets it apart from many other Traxxas RC cars. This feature saves time and eliminates the need to search for a compatible battery, making it particularly convenient for beginners. The high ground clearance, measuring 4 inches, ensures that you won’t have to worry about damaging the chassis while traversing rocky terrain. Lastly, the affordability of the BIGFOOT makes it an attractive option for those seeking a thrilling RC car without breaking the bank. It offers an exciting experience at a reasonable price.
After testing the Traxxas BIGFOOT, I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone searching for an affordable, well-known, aggressive, and classic RC car. It’s beginner-friendly and offers an opportunity to experience the thrill of owning a legendary monster truck. However, there is still room for improvement to make it even more exciting and enjoyable.