These micro-helicopters have recently become must-haves for gadget saddos like myself. I'd read so much good stuff about them. But maybe some of the spin (both in word of mouth and performance of such devices) was disappointing. Whether impressive or not, like a previous poster says, Play is setting the standard with very fair prices for its mini-helis, but these little fellas are never going to be airwolf. Mine did fly perfectly on its maiden launch. Out of the box, onto the table, up in the air and straight through my alcove into the kitchen. YESS!! I thought, put it on charge and then tried again. But every attempt since has resulted in eratic all-over-the-place spin stupidity, disappointment, and a broken rotar at the rear. Lucky it has replacements! All in all, for the cash, these helis are, to be truthful actually quite god fun. For what it is (polystyrene, with a motor, two servos and a watch battery) you have to give an appreciative nod. Even if the trimming/getting it to fly in a desired direction are seemingly impossible, these tiny toys WILL levitate directly upwards to crazy heights with a full battery charge. On a calm day outside I got mine to fly above my house (in a straight line up and down - daren't try the directions, it just goes stupid and hits things). I would fall short of calling these things a waste of cash, as they ARE good fun, if a bit frustrating! Previous posters have poo-poohed the users who struggled with the trimming. If you DID have success, how about explaining your tecnique, because these things are about as predictable in flight as a bee in a wig!