We started our BEST. GIFTS. EVER. advent calendar with the original ride of choice for kids, so now for something a little more modern…
Razor Scooter (2000)
It was the year 2000, the millennium had come and we were ready for the hover-boards that Doc Brown had promised us. Instead, we got the Razor Scooter.
The Razor Scooter hit the market in a huge way selling, over 5 million scooters in its first 6 months. It even won the Toy Of The Tear (T.O.T.Y.) award for 2000. The scooter had commercials of young “cool” kids doing tricks with it, and even samurais.
How could I not want this? Not want, I NEEDED a Razor scooter. It came in cute colors, could fold up and be brought with me everywhere, and more importantly, all my friends would be getting one for Christmas.
I added it to my Christmas list and my mom immediately told me to add another gift to my wishlist. My mother is somewhat of a worrier and the commercials of kids jumping off railings and dirt mounds on these things were probably not something she found comforting. Also, she most likely knew things about myself that I didn’t know at the age of 12. Since, even now, really the only information on the Razor Scooter’s Wikipedia article is that…
“Analysis of toy related injuries between 1990 and 2011 showed a sharp increase in injuries related to ride-on toys in the years 1999 to 2002, corresponding to introduction of the Razor scooter.”
I figured my dream of racing through the neighborhood on my scooter was over. I was too lazy for bikes, and not nearly skilled enough for a skateboard. I was going to be the only person in the whole world without one, obviously.
Let’s fast forward to Christmas morning, I got so many awesome gifts, and even though my scooter wasn’t one of them, it had been a pretty satisfying haul. My family and I had that moment where we sat back and admired the Christmas mess and my mom said she saw something behind the tree. I leapt up and ran to the back of the tree; my parents had pulled the “A Christmas Story” on me! Behind the tree was my Red Rider BB Gun, the Razor Scooter. It was the best Christmas surprise, right down to its green wheels. I glided across the living room and could not of been happier.
I look back at that moment as one of my favorite Christmas mornings, which is what made the razor scooter the best toy of the year 2000 for me. I also think back to that time and realize my mom’s insider knowledge was not that the Razor Scooter was dangerous… but that I was truly an inside-kid. That scooter was ridden twice…maybe. Thanks mom!
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