This type of pinata is made to be used with the pull strings on the bottom. We couldn't find any other Batman pinatas, though, so we gave this one a whack (literally). This thing stood up to some serious abuse before breaking enough to let some of the candy out, and we had to rip it apart by hand to get out the rest. If you're like us and are looking for a beat-able Batman pinata, you might want to keep looking. Unless you have a baseball bat. Construction is VERY sound, though the tissue paper on the outside leaves a bit to be desired (the Batman face is a sticker as well).