My son was so excited to receive this alarm clock as a gift, and couldn't wait to use it. Unfortunately, it was pretty obvious right from the start this one is cheaply made. It has to be incredibly dark to see any of the images at all, and even in pitch blackness they can only be seen at a very specific angle. From looking at the product image, you'd image the time is displayed glowing all the time, but in actuality it only flashes momentarily before going into a power saver kind of mode. Disappointing for a little boy who likes to know the time and was hoping it would be as the image suggests. It's also extremely frustrating that it requires an AC adapter that it s not included. For the price I paid, I'm not willing to purchase that additionally, so I don't know if it would be a better experience with that or not. All in all I really loved the idea of it, it's cute in theory but it just wasn't executed very well.