Lowerrumble, be sure to check out the 1/10th Traxxas Summit. I noticed you said you wanted to be able to just play in the dirt and grass now and likely grab an scx10 jeep rubicon later. The Summit is the jack of all trades, it has a high/low speed transmission and locking differentials. In high gear, it is rated for 30mph, while it doesn't seem like much, it is quite impressive considering it weighs about 13lbs and will drag a 100lb person across the ground. It also comes with the necessary batteries, chargers and tools.