My fiance is a huge DBZ anything fan, so when I saw this, it was really a no brainer.
The stand and Dragon Balls may look like glass, but they're really a tough acrylic that is almost impossible to break. Shenron himself is made of the same rubber-feeling material most action figures are made of, so he's pretty durable too.
This piece is definitely for the collector, though given what it's made of, I don't see why a child couldn't play with Shenron or the larger Dragon Balls. I wouldn't let a small child play with the seven Dragon Balls that are sitting on the bottom shelf of the stand though due to their size.
This is definitely a piece any DBZ fan will love for years to come. I'm even going to get another one so my mom can have one.