Introducing the “Scooper”

These paper toy scooters are created by artist Dadik Triadi in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is an illustrator and also designs “papertoys” for comic books and other art projects. He calls these paper scooters “scoopers” and they are made out of a combination of recycled materials like cigarette packs, glue, paint, paper maché and well, moxie! They measure approximately 10 cm (4″) tall and 16 cm (6.25″) long.

I contacted him and asked him if he would be willing to sell his scooters, and whether he would consider doing “custom” projects using scooter rally itineraries, northern soul night flyers, 45 record sleeves, love letters, photo printouts, vintage advertising, you name it. He said he would be thrilled and can make a custom scooter for you for $40 USD. That price also includes shipping to anywhere in the world. His Paypal account is at and you can e-mail him at this address to place your order. His mailing address to send your materials you want used is:

Jalan Cibubur 1 RT 01/001 No : 91
Kelurahan Cibubur Kecamatan Ciracas
Jakarta Timur 13720

(Helpful hint: Try to keep the materials to things that aren’t too thin, thick or can get wet without ink running. Color photocopies would work well when you don’t want to destroy the original artifact.)

And yes Virginia, he will make a scooper Lambretta for you too.

Thanks to Julie G. for discovering Dadik!

Collector's Corner: Damion in the UK

Not since Rickie Starr’s collection have I seen such variety. Damion Fields is in Lowestoft, Suffolk on the East Coast of England about 5 minutes from the sea front. He has a 1976 Rally 200 and a 1958 Douglas Vespa. But of course it’s his little toys we care about here! Yes that’s a squeeze toy Panda on a Vespa. Never ever to be chewed by a dog I’m sure! Thanks Damo for the photos and happy hunting.

This Week’s Rare Bit O’Swag: Miniature motorcycles and one fenderlight Vespa!


I found this on eBay years ago. I can’t remember what I was looking for – probably “Vespa toy.” It’s charming how detailed the bikes are with their illustrated backgrounds of roads and mailboxes. I remember seeing toys like this in the toy aisles of grocery stores and drug stores growing up. I rather miss the flimsy blister packs and the bits of improperly molded plastic and this ubiquitous statement: “Made in Hong Kong.” (Oops. Showing my age!)