I knew what to expect because I a) looked at the picture, and b) read the reviews and descriptions. This is not the big heavy duty slide, that is why it's HALF THE PRICE. This is a "first slide". You can see from the picture that the back of the steps are hollowed out. It's not flimsy by any means so ignore those comments. It's sturdy enough for my 3 year old to be playing on it since I put it together 2 hours ago without stopping. I bought it to use in her little pool this summer and I'm sure it will last many years, or at least until I want to spend the bigger bucks for the large slide. It's the perfect size/length for my 1 and 3 year olds and I think my 7 year old will even be jumping on it for the water slide factor.