We were doubtful about getting this, worried it would not work well and would disappoint. However, it works really well - flies high and really can be directed by the hand. She is quite powerful when she gets going and our daughter loves it. The cons: It truly sucks the power out of the batteries pretty quickly. You get about 10 minutes of flying time for each re-charge of the doll. but the fun is worth it.
I am so glad I went ahead and got this for my daughter. She is 8 years old and has played with this over and over with two of her girlfriends. They haven't had a moment's problem with it. If you're thinking about getting one for your daughter or granddaughter, I suggest you DO IT!