Great toy, my almost 5 year old little boy loves it (and so do the adults that played with it also!). It is easy (for kids and adults) to hold, load, pull the handle and shoot. The ball goes a good distance as well. I love how it stores the balls. The aim site is pointless as it doesn't work, but that is probably more for show than usefulness.
Kid loves it. Everything is really good quality, nice and sturdy and I don't see it breaking at all. The only problem I have with the toy is that the koosh balls should be a little softer because we tested to see how hard it was and I shot in the back, arm and in the leg and it did hurt. Not too badly but for a kid it could make them cry but I guess we all got to learn the hard way which is usually the best way.
This is a supremely cool and wicked gift for a boy 8 years or younger. I bought it for my 4 year old nephew. Before giving it to him, my 12 year old and I opened it, just make sure it worked well. We were blown away by the fun and awesome action of this toy "weapon". My 12 year old son even wanted one and he is usually too "cool" now for kiddie toys. This is going to be our default birthday gift for young boys.
My honorary nephew loved this, especially when it means stalking his dad through the basement play area, but what I thought would be softer "nerf" like balls that would be safe projectiles around his baby brother are actually hardened foam balls. That makes better projectiles but be cautious around breakables and babies.
This is awesome! Easy enough for a 3 year old to use and still fun enough for a 40 year old to play with! The balls shoot pretty far, and don't hurt when they hit you. We got one for each of our kids and they love them!!!