Product Type: Ozbozz Outdoor Toy
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Too SCOOT for school
Ozbozz SV5963 Pink Cosmic Light Flashing Deck Scooter
Member Name: k444tmc
Ozbozz SV5963 Pink Cosmic Light Flashing Deck Scooter
Advantages: Flashing lights + Durable + Secure
Disadvantages: Can rust easily + batteries don't seem to last long
My daughter has always been older than her years and when she was very young all she wanted to do was go out and play with the older kids on the street who were all running around on their scooters everywhere. Scooters are a popular outdoor toy / great alternative to bikes and they have been "in fashion" for around 10 years or so... I will admit to owning a larger one as a teenager! For her fourth birthday I spotted this on the Amazon website was was instantly attracted to the girly features and the three wheels as opposed to the 2 wheeled ones you see for older children... The flashing lights also sold it to me!
Assembling the scooter is almost non-existant - just literally click the bits together and tighten and bolts and the child is good to go! If I can do it everyone else can.
The scooter is aimed at girls due to the pink theme it has going but if you look on Amazon there is a boys version as well. It is aimed at children aged 3-6 which is why it has 3 wheels as opposed to 2 ( one wheel at the front and two at the back ) which is much better for helping to balance the child. As like childrens bikes the scooter can easily be adjusted as the child grows - the stem can be moved up and down depending on the height of your child, it has a slip which makes it secure and when the stem is moved it clicks into little holes which are all the way down this pole. There is also another clip on the base of the scooter and the purpose of this second clip is to fold the base and the stem together for easy storage. The great thing to me is all the clips are quite firm and child proof so there is no chance in the child fiddling with the adjustments themselves and causing injury if the scooter was to collapse. Its very well made in this sense. Speaking of safety like all scooters this has a metal break which fits over the top of the back two wheels and when the scooter is in use and you want to slow down it is simply operated by pressing your foot down on it. Considering all the use the scooter has been through the wheels don't seem to have worn at all and the manual describes the wheels as being made out of a tough PU material - very much like rubber to me.
As previous mentioned the scooter is made from aluminium so is mainly silver in colour but has thick hand grips on the handlebar which are especially great for smaller hands, a brake which covers the back two wheels, girly stickers to put on the scooter and the base which also lights up - all the features are pink as are the wheels.
On to the flashing base - this is the main reason me and my daughter wanted this particular scooter as we hadn't seen any other child with a scooter like this - and of course my daughter thought she was the coolest child ever... There is tiny lights which show through the base and light up when you turn on a button under the scooter... To operate the lights you need to insert 4 AA batteries (which are not included) into the battery compartment under the scooter... One niggle with this to me is that the batteries only seemed to last a couple of weeks and in my opinion we didn't accidently leave this feature on overnight accidently or overuse.
The scooter has done my daughter fine for the last 2+ years and has not had any damage other than general scratchs through wear and tear. Even the wheels have not worn down very much considering all the use its had. The only thing I can advise with this, being a metal aluminium scooter if it gets wet through the rain it does rust easily so always store in a dry and wet place - as well as the issue with the batteries not lasting long for the flashing lights feature.
I am aware you can pick up aluminium scooters much cheaper than the Ozbozz range but to me this is a very safe scooter and my daughter has never had injury caused due to the scooter itself - and you can't put a price on safety which is why I recommend this over the cheaper ones. Be aware that it is still a scooter and for best peace of mind make sure your child still wears a helmet and arm/knee pads.
The scooter is soon to be moved to my parents house rather than stay at my own as I have just ordered my little girl a new 2 wheel Ninja scooter in black and pink (review on this to follow) for a recent good school report as my daughter believes the three wheeled scooters to be a bit babyish now. To be fair on her the product is aimed at children up to 6 so I am not going to argue with her on this! This will be used occasionally from now on when she goes to visit her grandparents!
Generally I would recommend this brand to anyone with kids in this range, they would love the flashing lights and if you look after it, it has the ability to last a long time. Ozbozz also do 2 wheeled scooters for older kids and all can be found on Amazon.
At the time of writing this review you can get this scooter on Amazon for £24.99 + £2.95 delivery.
Summary: great scooter in general