To go along with their Monster Jam lineup, Traxxas introduces two new RC monster trucks! Meet the Traxxas Skully and Craniac! Skully is full of screaming rage with it’s blistering ghost flames and hardcharging attitude. Craniac is the darker menace with its otherworldy looks and punishing stare. No matter which side you choose, the ensuing battle is nothing but pure monster truck driving fun for you. Skully and Craniac bring a whole new wheels-up, bone-crushing attitude to the best-selling Traxxas Stampede platform’s proven performance, incredible waterproof durability, and unsurpassed value.
Monster Truck Bodies
Craniac is a monster menace with its bone-chilling stare. Insanely tough durability and aggressive appearance set Craniac apart from the crowd. Choose between Bone or Red colors, and get ready for some real monster truck mayhem. Skully strikes fear into any opponents with avicious stare and a hard head for battle thanks to the extra heavy duty body material. Choose between Green or Blue, and get ready for some hard-hitting monster truck action.
Terra Groove Tires and Beadlock-Style Wheels
Rugged tires developed specifically for the Traxxas Craniac and Skully models emulate the “hand carved” look of the full-size treads, and are molded in a unique compound that hooks up for maximum acceleration and great grip on a wide variety of surfaces including dirt, grass, pavement, and rocks. Deep-dish wheels with bead-lock detailing complete the aggressive, authentic look.
Titan 12-Turn 550 Modified Motor
Craniac and Skully come equipped with a powerful Titan 12T 550 modified motor with internal cooling fan. An industry first for this class of truck. The Titan’s over-sized armature (30% larger compared to 540-sized armatures) is equipped with 12-turns of pure copper wire for big torque and increased power-handling capabilities. Lower running temperatures are achieved with the integrated cooling fan. The Titan 12T requires very little maintenance and is designed for consistent torque and high speeds from run to run, without fading. Beyond the specs, the Titan 12T is made for rock crushing torque, hardcore wheelie launches, explosive jumping, and just about any other 4-wheel fun that demands real horsepower.
Traxxas 4-amp DC Peak Detecting Fast Charger
Both Traxxas Monster Trucks include a 4-amp peak detecting charger for quick, convenient, hassle-free charging. The charger uses a 12-Volt DC power outlet for charging in the field. The brilliant LED provides charging status while the battery charges. The peak-detecting charger is optimized for charging Traxxas Power Cell NiMH battery packs. Just plug the included Power Cell battery in for a perfect charge, run after run.
Traxxas Power Cell NiMH Battery with iD
Traxxas Craniac and Skully both include a genuine iD-equipped Power Cell NiMH battery to make sure you experience all the performance that’s been engineered into your Traxxas model. Accessory Traxxas iD chargers (sold separately) auto-detect Traxxas iD Power Cell batteries and automatically set and optimize charge settings for unmatched charging safety and simplicity. Power Cell packs are optimized for free-flowing power and maximum punch with premium quality, low-resistance cells; flexible, silicone-jacketed 12-gauge wire; heavy-duty welded tabs; and Traxxas’ high-output, gold plated, patented, High-Current Connectors. Precision assembly with attractive, individually wrapped cells and clear overwrap complete the Traxxas Power Cell package. For even greater speed and runtime, a full line of optional Traxxas iD Power Cell NiMH and LiPo batteries are available. Power Cell batteries are Traxxas certified to maximize the performance and speed engineered into every Traxxas vehicle.
Traxxas High-Current Connector
The patented Traxxas High-Current Connectors are designed to handle high-current applications and funnel maximum power to your vehicle’s electronics. Traxxas High-Current Connectors let you get the quickest, safest charge for your battery so you can unleash the maximum power and runtime for your Traxxas RC truck.
Maxx Cable 12-Gauge Wire
This super-flexible, high-current, low-resistance 12-gauge, wire acts like a series of giant pipes, flowing energy in and out of the electronic speed control. The patented Traxxas Connector combined with Maxx cable is a better engineered solution for extracting all the power your battery has to give.
XL-5 Electronic Speed Control
Designed and engineered by Traxxas, the XL-5 Electronic Speed Control handles the elements while smoothly supplying power to the motor. This high-performance ESC is packed with impressive specifications that are normally only found on more expensive high-end replacement units. The XL-5 features a completely waterproof design, low voltage detection for compatibility with 2-cell LiPo battery packs, three throttle profiles, Thermal Shutdown Protection, 4-7cell NiMH and 2-cell LiPo compatibility, and built-in BEC. High frequency operation combined with ultra-low resistance make the XL-5 an efficient and ultra-smooth fully proportional speed control. An exclusive feature on the XL-5 is the patented Training Mode. This profile reduces the overall power output of the XL-5 by 50% making it easier for young or new drivers to develop their control skills before unleashing full-power operation.
Precision 2.4GHz Control
With the TQ 2.4GHz radio system, you just switch on a drive. There are no channels or frequencies to manage, so the focus is on having fun. The TQ’s ergonomic design is comfortable for all-day driving, and its sleek lines are enhanced by an internal antenna that is impervious to damage.
High-Torque Waterproof Steering Servo
A monster truck needs a powerful steering servo for responsive performance, and Traxxas delivers with the 2056 high-torque servo. This waterproof steering servo uses O-ring seals to keep the fun going when things get wet. Waterproof for all-weather action, the #2056 provides 80 oz-in of steering muscle. That’s twice the power of typical “standard” servos.
Waterproof Receiver Box
Both truck’s include an innovative receiver box that is fully waterproof, yet it’s easy to access the receiver maintenance. The exclusive patent-pending design holds a 3-channel micro receiver that saves weight and provides reliable, long-range R/C performance.
Three Channel Micro Receiver
A three channel Traxxas micro receiver gives you additional room to grow! The 3-channel micro receiver features two steering servo ports, eliminating the need for a Y-harness.
Securely Mounted Electronics
The ESC and watertight receiver box are screwed to the chassis for ultimate mounting security. There’s no servo tape to loosen over time with dirt, heat, and collisions.
Durable Colored Parts
The durable monocoque chassis tub is designed for ultimate ground clearance and is made from the highest quality nylon composites. Many parts including the bumpers, bumper mounts,and skip plates are molded in color for a menacing look.
Revo-Spec Torque-Control Slipper Clutch
Revo technology is utilized to manage the increased power from the Titan 12T motor. The Torque-Control slipper clutch uses special semi-metallic friction material and finned aluminum alloy pressure plates to dissipate heat and provide consistent traction control. The semi-metallic friction material remains stable across a wide temperature range to provide smooth, linear engagement you can count on, run after run. Spur gears can be removed and replaced without altering the slipper adjustment.
Powder Coated Red Springs
Red shock springs feature a new spring rate for more responsive handling, and the long-lasting red powder-coated finish sets Craniac apart from the pack.
Included Optional Pinion Gear
Traxxas Craniac and Skully RC monster trucks reach a blistering 30+mph top speed on-road using the optional 23-tooth pinion gear (included) and the 7-cell 8.4V battery pack. Out of the box, the installed 19-tooth pinion gear is just right for all-around, wheelie-popping, off-road action.
Oil-Filled Ultra Shocks
Craniac and Skully’s oil-filled Ultra Shocks utilize X-ring technology for a perfect seal and super-smooth performance. They are fully tunable with a wide range of oils, springs, and pistons. Features include pressure bladders for air/oil separation and spring clips to precisely change the ride height and spring pre-load. They can be renewed in minutes with our inexpensive rebuild kits.
Motor Mount with Cooling Channels
The sealed gearbox protects the transmission components from dirt and rocks. The molded motor plate now includes finned cooling channels where the motor mounts to the motor plate. The cooling channels work in conjunction with the internal Titan 12T motor fan to pull air through the motor for superior cooling.
Brushless Ready Magnum 272 Transmission
Traxxas Skully and Craniac’s Magnum 272 transmission is assembled with new all metal gear internals riding on ultra-smooth sealed ball bearings. Combined with the smooth 48-pitch gears, power is delivered quietly to the durable telescoping U-joint driveshafts. The sealed gearbox protects the transmission components from dirt and rocks.
Brushless Ready Planetary Gear Differential
The composite Traxxas planetary gear differential now features a steel ring gear with a nylon gear housing for long life. It uses hardened steel internal gears for maximum strength during rigorous off-road bashing. This type of differential requires virtually no maintenance and its efficient design puts maximum tire-shredding torque to the wheels.
Slider driveshafts are extremely durable, and they allow greater articulation for increased suspension travel.
- Length: 16.25″ (413mm)
- Front Track: 12.75″ (324mm)
- Rear Track: 12.75″ (324mm)
- Weight: 65.3oz (1.85 kg)
- Height: 9.5″ (241mm)
- Wheelbase: 10.63″ (270mm)
- Release Date: June 2015
- 36094-1 – Traxxas Craniac – $250
- 36064-1 – Traxxas Skully – $250