Sharper Image Street Thrasher Review

By | March 6, 2019

Sharper Image Street Thrasher

8.7

Speed

8.5/10

Range

8.0/10

Handling

9.0/10

Durability

9.0/10

Fun!

9.0/10

Pros

  • Ready To Run
  • 4 Wheel Independent Suspension
  • 2.4 Ghz Controller
  • All Terrain Tires
  • Speed Control

Cons

  • Small Battery Compartment

If you’ve been searching the net for a Sharper Image Street Thrasher Review, you have landed in just the right place.

Howdy friends and welcome back to R/C Insiders!

In today’s post we will be doing a full Sharper Image Street Thrasher Review.

Before we get started, there are a few things you need to know about the Street Thrasher:

  • This RC is not waterproof
  • This is not a hobby grade RC
  • You will not find parts/upgrades at your local hobby shop
  • You will get a fun “beginners” grade RC

In this Street Thrasher review, we will have a look at what we liked about it and what we didn’t like.

We know this is not a hobby grade RC, so we will not be comparing it to an RC like the Traxxas Slash, or a Redcat Racing Cyclone.

So without further ado, let’s get this Sharper Image Street Thrasher review started!


Sharper Image Street Thrasher – Product Overview

Sharper Image Street Thrasher review

 

The Sharper Image Street Thrasher is a 1/14 scale buggy style RC.

It will fit comfortably inside your average sized shoe box.

The Street Thrasher is designed to run on most dry surfaces. It is not waterproof, so you really need to be careful to avoid puddles and mud.

We have ran it in some moist dirt and mulch with no problems. As long as you don’t get liquid inside any of the electronics you should be OK.

Street Thrasher Features

While not a hobby grade RC, the Street Thrasher does have some cool features:

  • 12.5 MPH
  • 9.6V Rechargeable Battery
  • 2.4 GHz Controller
  • Soft Rubber All Terrain Tires
  • 4 Wheel Independent Suspension
  • Spring Loaded Shocks
  • Removable Body With Clips
  • Full Function

Speed

Right from the beginning, one of the things that impressed us the most about the Street Thrasher was take off and top speed.

When you pull the trigger, the Thrasher responds and gets up to speed very nicely, easily topping the 12.5 MPH claim.

Battery

Sharper Image Street Thrasher Battery

The rechargeable 9.6V, 700mAh Ni-MH battery provides plenty of juice to the Thrasher’s motor.

Here’s what we found with the batteries:

  • Charge time: 1 Hour
  • Run Time: 15 – 25 Minutes, Depending On Terrain

The first charge took about 2 hours to complete. After the initial charge, it charges in an hour or less.

Tires

The knobby tires provide good traction, but not so much that you can’t do some awesome donuts in the loose gravel and dirt.

The Thrasher had no problems climbing small hills, or negotiating sharp turns.

Suspension/Body

Sharper Image Street Thrasher suspension and body

 

Spring loaded shocks and 4 wheel independent suspension pair up nicely to give good stability on uneven terrain, while keeping the buggy smooth and steady on flat surfaces.

The clips and removable body give the Thrasher a true hobby RC look.

Once the clips and body are removed however, there is not much to do. The clips and removable body are just designed to be aesthetically pleasing. In other words, they serve no purpose except to make the Thrasher look cool…Which they definitely do.

Controller/Range

Sharper Image Street Thrasher controler

The Street Thrasher comes with a 2.4GHz controller.

While the controller does not give the same quality feel of a Traxxas controller, it still feels pretty good.

The Thrasher is a full function RC with forward, reverse, and left & right in both directions.

You also have throttle control so you don’t have to go full speed all the time.

With a fully charged batteries in the buggy and controller, we easily got over 150′ of range before we started to lose function. This is not bad at all for a toy grade RC!

Drawbacks?

Sharper Image Street Thrasher battery compartment

The Street Thrasher from Sharper image is a cool vehicle that leaves little room for complaints.

One thing we will complain about however is the difficulty with putting the battery in the car.

You need to be careful to line the battery up perfectly with the slot inside and wrap the wires inside.

While not a big deal, you will need some practice to get it right.

Just show a little patience and I promise it will fit! 🙂

Sharper Image Street Thrasher Review – The Bottom Line

Sharper Image Street Thrasher

As we said right from the beginning, this is not a hobby grade vehicle.

That being said, we have to say that we were pretty impressed with the performance of the Thrasher.

The Sharper Image Street Thrasher comes completely ready to run right out of the box.

It comes with a 9.6V rechargeable battery, battery charger, and even batteries for the controller.

While you shouldn’t expect to take this thing to the track and win races, you can expect to enjoy a little fun time.

We enjoyed the Street Thrasher and we think you will too!

latest price button for Sharper Image Street Thrasher


We hope you enjoyed this Sharper Image Street Thrasher Review.

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23 thoughts on “Sharper Image Street Thrasher Review

    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hi Edwin.
      I am trying to find extra battery packs, but am having some difficulty.
      I have contacted Sharper Image and am awaiting a reply.
      In the mean time, I will keep my eyes open and let you know if I run across anything.
      How are you enjoying the Street Thrasher so far?

      Reply
  1. Bobbie

    I had this for about a day and now it won’t turn on the front wheels because some plastic piece broke. My son is really bummed.

    Reply
    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hi Bobbie,
      Sorry to hear about your problem.
      Did you have a wreck with it?
      The bad thing with toy grade RC’s is the difficulty with finding parts. I’m guessing your local hobby shop couldn’t help? Have you attempted to return the car?

      If you are not able to return it, please go to the the contact tab where you can send me a few pics of where you think the part failure occurred and I will see what I can do.
      If you would like to upgrade to a hobby grade RC and want to keep the price low, we advise you to check out our review of the Hosim RC Truck.
      https://youtu.be/mqKQ7gnPOKQ
      Thanks for stopping by and we will get you back on the trails asap!

      Reply
    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hi Viv,
      Could be a few things. Has it been involved in a crash?
      The first thing you should check is the steering trim. It’s a small button under the car in between the front wheels.
      If the car is going right, adjust the button left. I going left, adjust right.
      Keep adjusting until the Street Thrasher goes straight.
      If you find this is not the problem, please let us know and we will gladly help until you get it going straight 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!
      ~RC Insiders

      Reply
  2. TSwetlick

    The controller’s light is blinking red. My husband bought it last year. The batteries are charged up and new batteries in the controller but it still blinks. Any suggestions to get it running again.?

    Reply
    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hi,
      Without having the truck here, it will be difficult to diagnose.
      I would start with the battery in the truck. If it hasn’t been charged in a long time, you may need to charge it for longer than normal. It is also possible the battery needs to be replaced.
      Try another set of batteries in the controller, just to make sure.
      Make sure the truck battery is plugged in properly as well. We have ours out right now and the battery wasn’t plugged in right and the light kept blinking. As soon as we got it plugged in right, the blinking stopped and everything worked as normal.

      Now if none of this works, I would imagine there is a receiver issue, in which case it will be a tough fix.
      Let us know if any of these things work. If not, we will try to help resolve the issue. We want you back out on the trails! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by
      ~RC Insiders

      Reply
  3. Katherine

    Hi there and Happy New Year!

    My child was using the car and now the back wheels won’t turn. They seem to pulse but nothing. I was with them when it was last used it and there were no crashes. It did go into the grass.

    We charged the battery overnight, and even tried replacing the remote control batteries, but no luck.

    Help! My kid is really bummed.

    Reply
    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hi Katherine…Happy New Year to you!
      Good thinking with the batteries. Usually when the battery is running low you start to get that pulsing.
      How old is the car/battery?
      Was the grass wet when the car went in?
      My 2 best guesses are the battery is junk, or the grass was wet and fried something electrical.
      If neither of these things are true, How old is the car and can you still return it?
      Try charging the battery one more time and see what happens.
      If something else is broken, it will be difficult to repair as the Thrasher is a toy grade RC and finding parts for it has proven difficult.
      Let me know how you make out and we will do our best to help.
      If you decide to move up to a hobby grade RC, let us know and we will recommend a vehicle that will suit your needs.
      All the best
      RC Insiders

      Reply
    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hi Patrick,
      I would start by making sure the battery is fully charged on you Sharper Image Street Thrasher.
      Ensure your controller batteries are good. If the batteries are all good, play around with the controller and ensure you are using it properly. You can refer to your Sharper Image Street Thrasher user manual for correct operation. The user manual will also provide you with a few trouble shooting suggestions.
      Give all these things a try and let us know if you still need a hand.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      #RCInsiders

      Reply
  4. Jeremy

    Hey Jeremy – my son got the Street Thrasher 28 for his birthday this past week and man that car can move! I think it may have run into a wall or chair now the steering doesn’t work. Upon inspection “under the hood” it turns out there are some teeth missing from one of the gears permanently attached to the steering rod control arm thingy – causing it not to turn. Do you know if there may be replacement parts for this car?
    Thanks in advance.
    Jeremy B.
    Schertz, TX

    Reply
    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hey Jeremy,
      I am looking into this. I’ll reply here if I can find something.
      Happy bashing! 🙂
      ~RC Insiders

      Reply
  5. Zachp03

    Hi my thrasher keeps bottoming out on little rocks or dry leaves is their any different rims and tires you can put on it to raise the back end up.

    Reply
    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hi Zach,
      The Street Thrasher is what is known as a toy grade RC, which means it’s difficult to find/do replacement/upgrade parts. However, we have submitted an inquiry to Sharper Image to see if we can source some parts/upgrades since this is such a cool RC!
      Hopefully we hear something soon. We will let you know ASAP.
      In the meantime, here is one of our favorite and most affordable Hobby grade RC vehicles – https://rcinsiders.com/redcat-racing-volcano-epx-4×4-review
      We think you’ll love this one 🙂
      If you wanna read more about hobby vs toy grade, check this out – https://rcinsiders.com/hobby-grade-rc-vs-toy-grade-rc-whats-the-difference
      Thanks for stopping by and happy bashing!
      #RCInsiders

      Reply
  6. DD The Great

    Sup buddy? I’m really curious if these have any type of warranty on them?

    Reply
    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hey DD,
      Amazon gives you 30 days hassle free returns. Sharper Image gives you 60 days. I think the Street Thrasher gives a 1 year warranty. I am checking with Sharper Image to confirm as I cannot find my original paperwork. I’ll stop back in to confirm as soon as they reply. Overall, its a really cool rc. Thanks for stopping by buddy and happy bashing! 🙂 #RCInsiders

      Reply
  7. Dinh

    I am glad some of your readers are putting in their views on the Street Thrasher. It gives me a heads up on what to expect from the car.
    The Thrasher does look impressive in your video and it looks like my son could have fun with this but I am worried about the tires being stuck and not turning and it not starting.

    Reply
    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hi Dinh.
      We have had the Thrasher for a while and haven’t had any problems with it. The only real down side I see with it is that it is a toy grade RC. No getting it wet and most likely difficulty getting replacement parts if something does brake. If you want to go for something more hobby grade and waterproof, take a look at our Traxxas Bandit review – https://youtu.be/KYYNpXgW2OQ Or if you think your son may enjoy a crawler RC, I very highly recommend you check out our Redcat Racing Gen 8 review – https://youtu.be/QRcw9n6qL00 You can scan through the channel and check out some of our other reviews as well.
      Let us know if you need a hand picking something out, or if you have any questions. No matter what you decide, your son will love it…It’s RC!! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by – #RCInsiders

      Reply
  8. William Cardwell

    Was wondering if any one else having battery over heating problem? Looked at Sharper Image website they do not even mention thrasher. Was charged 4 hours as recommended, and got about 8 minutes off/ on performance, then battery pack overheats, and car does not respond. Picked up car to find battery compartment hot to touch. Tried again later after recharge only got about 5 minutes. S/I says return to store btw. Have done so and will try a second.

    Reply
  9. daniella wright

    hi, I bought this car from someone else and we used it that same night we bought it. It worked perfectly. But out of nowhere, it stopped moving and there is a beeping sound. we thought it needed to be charged, or changed batteries. we did all of that and it still doesn’t move and theres a still beeping sound. How do we fix it, or can it be fixed?

    Reply
    1. Jeremy Post author

      Hi Daniella,
      I will look deeper into this, but it sounds like the receiver is not finding the controller. Can you ask the person you got it from if they got it wet. If the electronics have been fried, unfortunately there will not be much to do. I highly suggest that if you want to get into RC as a hobby/passion that you check out some hobby grade RC’s. With hobby grade RC’s, anything that breaks can be fixed. Check out this article – https://rcinsiders.com/hobby-grade-rc-vs-toy-grade-rc-whats-the-difference
      Then check out this RC – https://rcinsiders.com/redcat-racing-piranha-xtr-10-truggy-review
      You are going to be absolutely amazed at the difference when you enter hobby grade RC’s. If you ever need a hand with anything please let us know & we will be happy to help 🙂 Also check out our YouTube channel where you can see tons of RC’s in action before you buy one https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHtN1NtMk5yeK5hksiyxydQ
      Thanks for stopping by #RCInsiders

      Reply

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