Meet Smoulder and Marshmallow, part of the Micro Scooter accessories range, and the newest members of our household.
The children have been badgering us for a dog since they were old enough to toddle up to the *friendly* canines-on-chains frequenting our local parks. Although I’m now a fully paid-up member of the dog-lover clan, a recent weekend visit from our basset hound friend Larry – delightful as it was, with a new plaything for the children and an extra pair of soulful eyes to melt my heart – reminded me that I don’t need another mouth to feed, and one more bottom to clean up after. Not just yet, anyway.
So, when Micro Scooters asked us to trial some items from their line of accessories, and we spotted the Handlebar Heroes on their website, Austin and Gwen were almost apoplectic with excitement. Turning your scooter into a pony? And a dragon?? That’s the stuff of modern-day fairy tales, for a 2- and a 4-year-old (and they’re wipe-clean, with no need to feed, either. So a dream for Mum).
The Micro Scooter website was easy to navigate, even with a pair of clamouring youngsters on your lap. And the items arrived promptly, at the early end of the 3-5 day free delivery period.
One thing that impressed me when I was browsing the accessories was how reasonably priced most of them were. Cost is the main criticism of Micro Scooters; although you do get what you pay for (they are safe, sturdy, and hold their value well) they are undeniably pricey. Not so with the accessories. The Handlebar Heroes, for instance, were around the £10 mark, and the bells were just over a fiver.
After some deliberation, we chose a Scootersaurus helmet for Austin, with matching wheel whizzers (cute, and easy to clip into the hubs).
Gwen chose ribbons for her Lilac Mini Micro, which just slotted into the end of the handlebars.
The arrival of Smoulder, Marshmallow and the rest of the accessories was a high point in Austin and Gwen’s week (and helped distract me from the redecoration of our front room). There is a warning, though: if you do order the Handlebar Heroes, make sure you construct them alone, as they come flat-packed and are a bit fiddly if you have two excited youngsters urging you to hurry up. There was a worrying moment when I realised that Austin had clipped Smoulder’s eyes together before I’d added them to his head; the pack warns you can’t get them apart once you’ve done this, but after about 10 minutes of wrenching, I managed to fix the problem.
And – hurrah! – our new friends were with us.
We were ready to go. Hitting the streets on a practice school run, with smiles following us everywhere we went (it’s true, the super-cute Austin and Gwen do usually leave a trail of grins in their wake. But with the addition of Smoulder and Marshmallow, even the most stony faced south-east Londoners were left chuckling away to themselves).
I have a feeling that the rainy Autumn school runs will be a lot less dreary with Smoulder and Marshmallow to accompany us…..
Disclosure: we were given vouchers by Micro Scooters to choose accessories to review in this post. But all views expressed are my own.