Cardboard toys might be making a comeback. Nintendo showed off its new DIY cardboard toy line called LABO. What’s interesting is that you can use the cardboard toys you make with the Nintendo Switch game console.
Nintendo LABO features a set of build-it-yourself toy accessories. They can interact with the Switch thanks to the motion detection sensors of the console. Of course, it also has a special new software to detect the cardboard toys.
LABO will come in two kids – Variety and Robot. The first one will cost you $69.99 while the Robot will set you back $79.99. Each will ship with the software needed to work and all of the pieces.
These prices seem quite high for what is essentially cardboard toys. But there’s a lot more to it. For example, you also get the software which is quite expensive.
Each kit also has additional items like strings and rubber bands. Kids can use them along with the pre-scored cardboard to build a variety of toys and items.
For example, kids can make a miniature piano or even a fishing rod. Too easy? Well, they can also make a mech suit which is controlled by the Switch. And yes, the piano has 13 keys and it works thanks to the Switch.
Nintendo claims that you will be able to “explore how the mechanics work as you build and play with your Toy-Con creation.” Also, the company stresses that you won’t need scissors or glue to make your Toy-Con, claiming that everything you need is included in the box.
According to Nintendo’s website and YouTube channel, you can expect Nintendo Labo Toy-Con kits to hit the stores in US on April 20, 2018 and in Europe on April 27, 2018.
All of a sudden the prices seem quite normal for what you get. Nintendo LABO for sure has the potential to be one of the hottest toys this year. And this could bring us a lot more kits for it, too. It’s going to be fun.