I thought to show you my custom LEGO scooter collection. These scooters were originally designed, hand-sculpted, and cast in resin by the very talented LEGO customizer Arealight (see links at the end of this post for more information ). This was before moulding in ABS plastic became more common in the LEGO customizing community, so each piece had to be individually made. It was a painstaking process that also made custom LEGO items very expensive – especially elaborate ones like the scooter.
Fast forward a few years, Arealight made an arrangement with BrickForge, one of the first LEGO customizers who started using ABS plastic to make custom LEGO items in larger quantities. This allowed more consistency and precision in the finished products and also brought down prices significantly due to the more efficient process. BrickForge started offering the scooters through their website in several colors that matched LEGO’s own color-palette. The scooters were really cute, so they were a hit with LEGO fans. This was also before LEGO started to make their own scooter, which increased demand for the custom scooters.
Then a bit later BrickForge figured out how to print on their custom LEGO elements, and one of the first products they offered in a printed version was the scooter. First there were only a couple of designs, and now there are a lot more. In fact, just recently they released a new wave of printed scooters in new colors and with new designs. I have been collecting the printed scooters ever since they first became available. My goal has been to have one of each of the different color printed scooters. I got some of them directly through BrickForge‘s online store, and other ones at LEGO conventions. So far I have thirteen of them: white, yellow, old light-pink, dark-pink, red, dark-red, purple, violet, light-blue, blue, dark-blue, olive-green, and black. I hope they will also make an orange and an lime-green one at some point. Again, these are the same colors as LEGO’s own color-palette, so they fit right into any LEGO City layout.
As you can see, minifigs look quite comfortable on these scooters and look very natural cruising around. There are also three studs on the scooter, one for the front-light, one for the back-light, and one on the seat. You can attach various items here that your minifig can carry. The wheels and tires of the scooters are also custom-made. The wheels are the same color as the scooter and the tires come in white, dark-tan, dark-brown, pearl-light-gray, pearl-dark-gray, and black. They are the exact same size as LEGO tires, so you can also interchange them if you like. The handlebar/front-light section is removable and interchangeable, if you like to mix things up a bit.
Here is a picture of how these custom LEGO scooters look next to LEGO’s own recently released scooters. As you can see, the LEGO scooter is a bit bigger and a bit more square-ish, but both of them look really cute. One thing I wish the custom scooter would have is a kick-stand. The LEGO scooter does have a kick-stand that helps with stability. The custom scooter has a fat back-wheel that keeps it stand upright, but it can still fall over more easily than the LEGO scooter. On the plus side, the custom scooter comes in significantly more colors than the LEGO scooter (only two colors; red and light-aqua), and the custom scooters are printed (although plain versions are available as well). I should also mention here that the LEGO scooter doesn’t have a stud to attach a back light, so you have to add an additional hinge brick, which I’m not entirely happy about.
Anyhow, just wanted to show you my custom scooter collection, as I’m really happy with these little buggers. I live in a college town and little scooters like these are a very common form of transportation, so its befitting that my minifigs should also be able to zip around on scooters. They are a great transportation option for minifigs, they don’t take up much space on LEGO City roads, and they look super cute. If you would like to get some of your own, you can find them at BrickForge‘s online shop. And you can also usually find them at LEGO conventions.
So what do you think? How do you like these little custom LEGO scooters? Do you have some already? Do you collect them, or am I the only one crazy enough to do that? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! And if you are looking for the official LEGO scooter, the red one is available in a few current sets; the cheapest being the #41092 LEGO Friends set for $10, and the #40684 LEGO Juniors set for $20 (links will take you to the Online LEGO Shop).
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