My daughter who is 6 years old just had to have one. I must say she is more than happy with it. After googling to find out how the batteries went in, as didn't have any instructions inside only pic was on the box, she played with it all night. The batteries are only trial ones. For the hassel to put them in I would just buy new ones to be honest. We are back up and running now. The toy does on first look seem as if it won't last being plastic and having alot of parts which would snap if manhandled, but saying that my daughter isn't rough with her toys so we will see. I have never bought a toy like this before but it seems to have gone down a treat and well worth the money for entertainment. The prices do vary but seem to have got a bargain on this website.