Product Type: Micro Outdoor Toy
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Micro Mini Micro Scooter
Member Name: azana
Micro Mini Micro Scooter
Date: 07/01/11, updated on 07/01/11 (150 review reads)
Advantages: great (swiss apparently) design
Disadvantages: doesn't fold and not height adjustable
Some Christmas presents are better than others, and as it turns out, this scooter is probably the biggest success this year as far as my four year old is concerned, and I think it is great too! The Mirco Mini T-Bar Scooter is a 3 wheeled scooter designed for 3-5 year olds, with a maximum weight of 20kg, and we bought it following the purchase of another, cheaper scooter that proved to be a disaster on wheels; as soon as we got this item we realised how good it actually was, and since she has had it my 4 year old has practically been inseparable from it. You can expect to pay about £50 for this item, mine cost £34 from The Entertainer, and it comes in pink and blue - currently there are also "limited edition" green, red and blue scooters available too, all in the same dimensions.
The first thing to impress me about this scooter was that, on purchase, very little assembly was required. All you have to do is push the steering column into place and you are good to go. The chunky two front wheels, which are made of PU, mean that the board is nice and stable, allowing the child to build up quite a lot of speed - luckily there is a brake at the back (it's the orange hub wheel you can see in the photo), and this my four year old learned to use pretty instantly. Steering is by means of leaning with the steering column, rather than turning; this is easier to do than describe, basically there's a clever steering system in the front wheels, then the child leans the steering column to the left the front wheels turn slightly. This, again, seemed to come quite easily to my daughter, though we did make sure she was wearing a crash helmet whilst trying it out. She was soon weaving in and out of obstacles, gliding along and going down hills quite quickly, and braking with confidence.
Everything about this scooter is well made, though the footboard is plastic, it's reinforced underneath and quite springy, and textured so the child's feet grip to it. The aforementioned wheels are of a really good quality with metal spokes. It's a shame that the handlebars are not height adjustable (they are 670mm high), but they do seem to be perfect for the age at which they are aimed - these scooters are very popular where I live and I see children of all sizes scooting around on them very happily, and they get great use at our preschool too, they seem to live up to the challenges that that environment poses and cope with use and abuse. The T-bar design is well designed for small hands, the rounded edges mean that if you drop the scooter on to its side it bounces, the grips are well made and robust, like the rest of the toy.
We find that this scooter is perfect for the school run, my daughter loves the freedom of going on it, though I do struggle to keep up with her at times! It's lightweight enough to be carried by an adult if necessary, (it weighs 1500g) , and also fits nicely in the car. You can't, however, fold the scooter at all, but again this isn't too much of an issue as far as I am concerned, what matters to me is that by combination of great design, in terms of steering and quality of the wheels this scooter allows a child to have fun and get around more easily. We've had no problems with the scooter, although it is really only for use on smooth surfaces, such as pavements. Should we have anything break on the scooter, it's good to know that there are handy repair videos on the manufacturer's site (link below), with spare parts, as well as different coloured decks and handles to personalise your scooter being available at a reasonable cost. I'm quite tempted to buy an add on flashing light for safety on the school run on dark mornings, but there is a whole range of accessories to buy if you wish.
I really think that this is a fantastic scooter, and well worth the purchase price, given that it works as well as it does, has great re-sale value, and is a well made and solid item. Sometimes it's just worth buying a quality brand item, in my opinion, and having experienced the scooter from hell prior to this, this is one of those times. Highly recommended, just a great product - I just wish I'd bought one before I actually did!
More details here: http://www.micro-scooters.co.uk
There is also a scooter for age 6-12
Summary: fab fab fab for toddlers up to age 5