Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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Great starter scooter
Hello Kitty 3 Wheeler Scooter
Member Name: abbadabbado
Hello Kitty 3 Wheeler Scooter
Advantages: looks nice, average price
Disadvantages: stickers look as though they will peel quickly
My daughter was desperate for a scooter for her birthday this year. Her co-ordination on two wheels isn't the best so we decided to buy her a three wheeled scooter to give her some confidence before progressing onto something a little more grown up.
Hello Kitty is a popular brand in our house at the moment, so it was a no brainer to buy something to fit the craze from our daughter.
There are actually a few designs of scooters available in Hello Kitty, both two and three wheeled. I chose this design as I felt it looked quite grown up for what is essentially a starter scooter for my daughter.
The design of the scooter is pleasing on the eye in shades of pink and white. There isn't too much white that you would cringe at and worry that the scooter will take on a distinct shade of grey after a few turns outside. The foot plate is pink which is a good start for muddy shoes.
A few stickers of Hello Kitty are dotted around the frame, with the main attraction being the front plate that is actually made of separate plastic and attached on after the scooter has been made.
To make the scooter, I thought would be a simple process, but in all seriousness even with reading the instructions both myself and my husband were a bit stumped as to how the back wheels slotted together. You can imagine that when you have built your scooter, it has to be completely safe as you are entrusting it to one of the most precious things in your life.
The instructions are clear in design, however we felt that the actually pieces that were required for different parts of the scooter looked too similar in design but were actually different and needed for different reasons, so you couldn't mix them up.
The scooter is marketed as having an adjustable handle to grow with the child. When we built it to begin with we thought the overall height of the scooter was too small. Our daughter is quite short for her four years, but as the scooter is designed for three years upwards, we still thought that a tall three year old would find this too short.
Thankfully you can raise the handle a fair length, but it's not an easy process, nor one that will take a couple of minutes. To achieve this you have to undo one of the tightest bolts you just did up to ensure the safety of your child when using the scooter. For this reason I would advise getting the height right for your child at the building process if possible.
Once built, the scooter is solid and looks well constructed. If you find it doesn't feel right then you probably haven't built it correctly so it would be advisable to make sure before it's used.
The stickers were essentially just clear plastic stickers that I don't actually think will stay looking nice for a long amount of time. I don't think if they were removed then it would detract too much from the overall design of the scooter, as the front plate specifically tells you it's a Hello Kitty design, and this won't be removed through peeling like stickers will.
The scooter is quite a chunky design which is perfect for smaller children, or learners. I thought the foot plate area was a decent size, and would last the child as their feet get bigger and wider. The handlebars are a decent thickness and easy to hold. The width of the handlebars isn't too wide for a smaller child which was a nice touch.
We bought the scooter for £25 which is its average price. I think this is the top price I would pay for this scooter, as there are many more on the market for slightly less money. I think the popularity of the branding will always affect the price of a product.
Overall this scooter is proving us well. Whilst it's a shame it doesn't fold in half to transport or store within the house or shed, it isn't too big and sits in the corner nicely. For the price we paid, I feel as though we have been getting value for money, and my daughter loves it.
Summary: a well made, well priced scooter