I bought this toy over three years ago. At the time it cost about £10 on ebay, which was rather expensive, but as my son loved fishing games, and it seemed the cheap fishing poles always fell apart, and he loved puzzles, it seemed a good buy. It is now available from Amazon for £6.40 with free delivery.
The toy is a lovely bright coloured puzzle of an ocean scene. Each fish has a metal stud, so you can lift it with the fishing pole. This makes taking the puzzle apart even more fun then putting it together. Of course it seems very easy to just lift the fish, but for a very young child, this requires some concentration, and does help improve motor skills. My oldest was barely two when we bought this and loved it right away, but my youngest son was using this from about 18 months. I do think he has had the most benefit from this, having it so young. Of course even now, at two he will need some help to put the puzzle back together. My oldest son is almost six, and it has become to easy for him to lift the fish now, so we have to make it more challenging to keep it fun. This can be done by catching fish with your eyes closed, or standing on a chair with a magnet on a long string.
The toy is made by Legler, a German company known for producing one of the largest ranges of wooden toys in the world. After years of heavy play, this toy still looks exactly as it did when new. Since the paint has never chipped or faded, I will rate this as very durable. I am also very happy with this puzzle, because it has an extra way to use it, with the fishing rods. I do like puzzles in general, and many studies have shown that frequent play with puzzles when very young will increases a child's abilities in maths and spacial reasoning later. More recent studies have also linked play with puzzle to reading success, and of course we all know they help with problem solving and fine motor skills. I tend to buy toys primarily for fun, but I do like to have a good variety that help with a child's development as well.
I can not really think of any drawbacks at all to this toy. It does not have the small pegs that making lifting puzzle pieces easier for young children, but does not need them as you are meant to use the fishing rods. It is of course a bit harder to put together then many nursery puzzles, but I feel that a parent can help a very young child with this, while playing along with the fishing game, and older children really enjoy a bit more challenging puzzle. These features also make this a toy last much longer then many puzzles, as far as age range goes.