Obviously an old thread, but I would tell the OP that if there is ANY way that he could go with a 4WD vehicle as his first vehicle, that would be the way to go IMO. They are just so much easier to drive... for a beginner this is huge.
I've seen many start with a 2WD vehicle because it's cheaper, less maintenance, etc. They are much harder to drive though. A new driver with a 2WD vehicle is going to be spinning out constantly, and will require more forgiving terrain. For some, this is enough to ruin their enthusiasm for the hobby. After all, if it's not fun to drive your car/truck, then what's the point, right?
A 4WD vehicle is perfect for a beginner. With all 4 wheels powered, pretty much whatever direction the vehicle is pointing in will be the direction it goes when you give it throttle, even when you just mash the throttle like a 5-year old would. It will take a LOT more for the vehicle to ever get stuck.
Slash 4x4 Monster Truck (Castle MMP/2400kv 1415)
Stampede 4x4 (Castle SV3/3800kv 1410)
Rustler VXL (Velineon/3500kv)
Associated RC10 B4.1 (Castle SV2/Reedy 3300kv)