I bought this product for my 5 year old niece and we used it straight away. We flew it in light winds and it was very easy to fly. The release mechanism works really well and it entertained 4 children (and 3 adults!) for a long time whilst they ran around trying to catch the panda as he floated down. The parachute became a little twisted after a few flights, as you'd expect, but it was easily remedied and didn't affect the flight. I would definitely recommend this unique & fun product.