Ever since we got the Nintendo Switch at Christmas, Matt and Olivia have been playing it together every other day. When our Labo kit showed up at the front door, Matt moved with speed and agility I had never seen before. He even moved the console into the main living room and CLEANED the spot where it would sit. Very serious business.
So what is Labo exactly?
Labo are individual construction kits and their intent is to make design and engineering fun. Each individual kit comes with perforated pieces of cardboard which can be punched out of a specially designed sheet. These cardboard pieces can then be put together to build various toys, which Nintendo calls Toy-Cons.
What does that actually mean?
It is a toy specifically designed for nerdy parents like Matt. He and Olivia had an absolute blast. They made a piano, a fishing rod, a motorbike and a house. They played for two days straight, and as you can see, they didn’t even bother getting dressed. Totally engrossed.
Right from the get-go, we sat down with Liv and explained what the kit was about, how we had to be gentle when playing with it. How whilst a toy, there is an expensive screen attached to it and we had to be respectful and mindful when playing.
Each design comes with step by step instructions and then a game you play with it. The piano played music, the fishing rod caught fish and of course the motorbike took you around the track.
Some of the designs took an hour or more to make, which is why the initial session and excitement lasted all weekend. Patience definitely has to be exercised at times and nimble fingers saves the cardboard being torn. Olivia’s favourite by far was the Labo House. It has a bunch of mini games to play, including one which allowed her to cook in a kitchen.
Olivia has a brilliant imagination already, but she adored being able to build something with her own hands and then build a story with it.
Is it expensive?
The Nintendo Switch console retails for $469 – but we got ours from Costco for $429. Of all the current ‘family’ game consoles on the market, the Switch wins hands down. (We have ALL the consoles so I know what I am talking about) We play Mario Kart, Zelda and Super Mario all together and have an absolute ball.
The Labo Varity kit goes for $99.95 and the smaller customisation kits for around $14.95.
Who can play it?
I would like to say that I had a blast playing with it but I was.not.allowed. Matt and Liv spent the whole time fighting between themselves to see who could play the longest. In terms of age, If you have children under the age of eight, go with the variety kit highlighted in this blog. Over the age of eight, you could go for the more involved Robot Kit.
It can be a little difficult to wrap your head around how it works without getting your hands on it yourself, if you are wanting to give it a shot, I highly recommend it! We loved every second.
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