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The Razor Spark Scooter is a really simple idea, and yet so effective at keeping kids occupied, interested and entertained. It's easy to spend a lot of money during the school summer holidays, but I'm confident that this is going to remain a consistent favourite throughout them. My son has already had many hours of fun playing on this when the sun's (occasionally) shone these past few weeks.
All the brand has done is taken a middle of the range standard fold-up scooter, made the handles a little higher than on scooters aimed at younger kids, and added sparks. A scooter that makes fire come out the back of it? Show me a 7-10yr old who is not impressed by this!
I purchased our scooter from Argos during a half price promotional offer, meaning I paid £25 instead of £50. I don't think this is ridiculously overpriced at £50 though, as it is noticeably better quality all over even without the spark function than our last £15-from-Tesco scooter was. It comes in a really small box but that's simply because it folds down so compactly. It only took me two minutes to get this fully assembled when I got it out as it was a case of pushing and clicking the various parts into place rather than having to actually assemble anything.
Once assembled for the first time, it takes just three actions to fold down for easy storage. I absolutely insist on buying scooters that do this as otherwise it's a nightmare trying to fit them in the car for days out or holidays in the UK. It's also much easier to store a scooter that you can fold up and tuck away somewhere.
The overall quality of the materials used are good, and I can see this scooter lasting a bit longer than the last one did (about 9 months) even with regular use. I particularly like that the foot plate has a good quality grip glued onto it, to minimise accidents - especially when kids are busy using their other foot to set off the sparks behind them.
Getting the sparks to work only took a couple of attempts, and once my child had got the hang of it, he could do it with ease. It's simply a case of pressing down on the black pedal at the back of the scooter with one foot while you scoot along on pavement. The sparks are created with friction, and there's a replaceable cartridge on the back for this. Once the cartridge is worn out, you can still use the scooter as normal of course.
If you want replacement cartridges once you've used up the initial one, there's a leaflet enclosed allowing you to order a twin pack directly from the manufacturer for around £12 - or you can get a single cartridge from Amazon for about the same price! Either way, I don't think it's that cheap, but if your child understands that the sparks will run out at some point (so not to constantly use them with every scoot), then I don't see this as being a problem. This scooter isn't aimed at very little kids who might be too young to understand that concept.
The handle height is a big attraction with this scooter, as it reaches 83cm. That's a good 5cm more than a lot of scooters in this price range, which is perfect for my very tall seven year old (he is the height of an average nine year old). He uses this scooter a lot more comfortably than he did his last one, which had a handle height of just 74cm.
Actually using this scooter has been nothing but smooth and easy since purchasing it. Nothing's broken or peeling off, the wheels turn with ease, the sparks work well (and look fab!) and the whole thing folds down quickly and smoothly when not in use.