Opening children's toys these days has become a mission in itself. You'll need a small philips screwdriver to get this one out of the considerably elaborate packaging it comes in so take note. The house itself opens up nicely when you slide the Mail box forward with two strategically placed lights that glow to add to the effect. The 'Flying Tink' feature consists of a ratcheted mechanism that you wind up, place the Tinkebell figure into the socket and press the release button. In reality it doesn't always work properly and more often than not the figure never actually takes off at all. It takes a bit of a knack (which my 5 year-old daughter has yet to work out) to get it to launch properly, when it does it's quite a spectacle. Another reviewer has already mentioned the flimsy nature of the Tinkerbell figure and this point is justified. It would be very easy to pull or twist off it's head if you were to wind up the ratchet mechanism with the figure in the socket. This is unfortunate beacause the temptation to do this is understandable from a childs point of view. Winding up the mechanism without the figure in the socket is quite tricky and hard on a delicate childs fingers. The reviewer mentioned that the figure flew into something when it's head broke off. I'm guessing we got lucky here because on the occasions we've managed to get it flying properly it goes straight up vertically and doesn't travel too far. I imagine that if the propeller like wings on the figure were bent (easy to do if you wind up the mechanism with the doll in the socket) then it would most likely crash into furniture and walls and things and would no doubt lose it's head. A week after Christmas 2011 my daughter hasn't left this alone and rates it as her favourite present - so she's happy. I think it has some nice touches but could have been better if it was made more durable and easier to use in places - and less hassle to open!