"This is a pinata, so maybe I'm being overly harsh in my assessment, so I will readily grant that others might have a completely different experience. We purchased this firetruck pinata for my son's 3rd birthday party. He is crazy into firefighters and their trucks, so he loved the way this pinata looked. There were two main problems with its performance, though: 1) it was _so_ solidly constructed that 3-year-old kids had no chance of ever busting it open. They needed lots of help. It was fun for them, but it could have been better if they'd been the ones to bust it open; and 2) the center of gravity is really tough to control with the design of this firetruck. We put in some candy, but did not fill it to the brim. As a result, as soon as the kids started to hit it, the front end of the pinata dipped forward and down (because that's where all the candy went). Unfortunately, when an older kid finally managed to bust it open, it opened at the back wheels, which were up high, so nothing came out. An adult had to lift up the front end to get the candy to fall out. That was kind of a lame moment for us, even if the kids didn't seem to mind. I guess you could try filling the pinata to the very top, but then you'll have to be prepared to suffer the collateral damage in terms of the weight gain and diabetes."