This was the favourite Xmas present our 8 y/o got. He's played with it every day since. At first it was quite difficult to fly and control, but after some practise he developed the subtle touch needed. He now flies it around the room, menacing everyone and hovering over heads! Directional control is still uneven - sometimes it goes as instructed, and sometimes not. Beware, rechargeable batteries are vital. It eats normal batteries and will cost a fortune. I was expecting it to break pretty quickly, especially given the number of crashes early on, but although the blades are scarred it's holding together so far. Must confess, I quite like flying it myself when son isn't around!!!