I debated for a while between this set and some others that had working reels and line. Ultimately, since my kids are only 1 and 2, I decided on these for now, as I knew they'd be of better quality and durability for younger children. I think I made the right decision. My 2 (almost 3) year old enjoyed fishing for these in and out of the tub! My 1 year old just saw it as a weapon to hit his sister with, kind of as expected. I liked that the line is a good quality, fast dry fabric and not long enough to become wrapped around a child's neck. The fish are completely sealed so no concerns for mold growth. The magnets are strong enough for a quick connection every time. My daughter's been reeling in both directions and had no issues with the reel jamming or breaking yet. Ultimately, if you are buying for the older crowd, probably 4 and up, I'd suggest going for another set with a working rod and reel and more fish. Older kids will get bored with this set quickly. But it's perfect for the younger kiddos and entertains them with a well constructed, quality toy that appears to have the durability to endure the punishment their toys are given when thrown, stomped on and banged about!