We bought this bird for a theatrical production, and while we deemed it a little too unreliable for stage purposes, it is still very impressive. It takes about ten minutes of practice to get the gist, and about an hour to really control the bird well (when it's coming towards you, one has to remember that left is right and vice versa). It really is incredibly fun, and novel. Nobody has these and the bird always draws a curious crowd. It is necessarily delicate, so when flying with small children be sure to let them know that it's fragile. It's VERY lifelike. Today my son and I were flying it at the park and it was dive bombed by a hawk. It pulled out at the last second, probably realizing something wasn't right, flew to a nearby tree and kept his eye on us. A super cool moment for us both. Anyway, the bottom line is that this product is not a rip off, it really is a remote controlled ornithopter that works.