This is exactly the kind of toy my 11-year old enjoys...and he did enjoy it for the brief moment. After the web foam ran out, he tried using the water but it wasn't as much fun. He got a kick at shooting the 'web' at his younger sisters, who enjoyed it too. But again, the fun lasted only until the 'foam web' ran out and he hasn't picked it up since then. I'm sure if he had friends with the same toy blasting each other, he'd have fun with it but the can only lasts for about 3 minutes of constant shooting...after that, you'd have to get a refill. If it was cheap, I"d consider getting the refill but otherwise, the toy would probably sit in his toy box. I wouldn't buy it for anybody...luckily this one was given to him. The author of this review received a free sample of the product.
My 11 year old son received this toy as a gift. He put it together easily. He was not able to operate the sprayer with only one hand but had to use his other one as well. The spray string worked better than the water but of course ran out quickly. He had fun with it for the short while he played with it. However, he hasn't picked it up in the 2 weeks since. I would say it is more suited age wise for ages 5-8 as older ones get bored w/it quickly.