My daughter, who is 8, got this from Santa this year. The packaging was very challenging - it took a while to get the pony out of the case. Once she was free and we turned her on, though, she charmed all of us with her character. My daughter isn't entirely enamored with the pony because it does seem very high-needs, but it did give us the "wow factor" we were hoping for on Christmas morning. The pony is cute and fun to play with in short intervals. So far, it seems to be well made and functions as expected.