My daughter actually got one of these things for Christmas too and she has had a lot of fun on it. I was not sure how much fun an eight year old could have on it and I worried that she was too big for it. While she is really tall for her age (she is almost as tall as I am at 5'2) she easily can maneuver the plasmacar by herself or even what she has discovered more fun having a friend push her and get her going and then let them go off. The only thing that I really do not like about this toy is that there seems to be a lot of accidents that happen while playing on it. It seems to be rather unsafe, although all of the accidents that have happened on it have been rather minor accidents. My daughter and her friends really do love the toy and in the end that is what matters the most. It has been used a lot since it came into our house and every day my daughter comes home from school and wants to play on it.