The picture does not represent what I got in my package. (the long metal stem coming out of the motor)
I WAS VERY PLEASANTLY SURPRISED when I opened the box and the stem had been shortened and reinforced. It's much sturdier now and even has THREADS on it to attach the wand! Tighten the wand all the way and then back it off to just loose (wand will hang in a rainbow shape out from the base) and the action you get is UNCANNY! Plus it can't fall off because of the threads. (eventually if it spins enough during play it may)
To my cats this toy is worth every penny it costs (me) and with the serious upgrades I see with this unit I am more than pleased. We'll now let the product testers have their say. So far so good, I'm hoping for the best!
Because my cats love this toy so much and the obvious upgrades for longevity I'm giving this toy 5 stars now but will update when necessary.