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General notes

I’m not going to go into too much detail on what Labo is, as I feel that most users have some prior knowledge of the toy/game. 

It is going to take me quite some time to go through each of the Labo projects, so I have decided to make my review a work in progress. 

The materials

The cardboard is quite thin, durable, and has a quality feel to it. It folds easily on the creases. Therefore, it is unlikely that you will fold it improperly and cause structural damage to your Toycon. The connecting tabs also work very well. If you have ever done paper crafts before, you have probably experienced situations where pieces “kind of fit,” and you have to force them in. This situation is not the case with Labo; it just works. In fact, while constructing you get the impression that you could put the pieces together without even looking at the instructions. I would not recommend this course of action as it would lead to confusion and frustration, but a simple glance at the instructions is usually more than enough.

The aforementioned instructions can be found within the game software. They are easy to follow and navigate. Videos can be rotated, enlarged, and sped up. At no time was I confused about what I was expected to do (thus far). 

The remote-control car

There is not too much more I can say about the RC car that hasn’t already been said. If you have seen any videos about it, that’s it; what you see is what you get. It's easy to make and can be snapped together in just a few minutes. It moves better than I had expected. Yes, it’s slow, but for an electric toothbrush on cardboard legs, it’s quite impressive. The way it utilizes the IR camera is also very impressive. I chased my dog around the room without even looking up from the screen.

The house

Expect a huge jump in complexity after the RC car; my eight-year-old took about two hours to complete the house. The house itself, which houses the console and right Joy-Con, is straightforward. What is impressive about this set is the plugs. Gameplay revolves around using said plugs to interact with a Tamagotchi-like pet. Different plug combinations yield different results. Moreover, the plugs themselves are tactility rewarding; it feels really good to press the button, turn the lock, and rotate the crank. 

I am a little disappointed in the reward system which consists of collecting multiple skins for the pet. These skins can be collected rather quickly, and this fact limits replayability. I feel that it could hold children’s attention much longer with just some minor tweaks. 

The fishing rod

Thus far, the biggest disappointment has been the fishing rod. First, however, allow me to address the positives. The rod itself was fun to build. The three stages of the telescoping pole made it easy to segment the project. Consequently, even children with shorter attention spans could enjoy this construction. The telescoping action feels really professional; the rod never bends, and the sections cannot be pulled out accidentally. The fishing line is a nice touch and the rubber band powered spool is very innovative. 

The fishing line, however, is also where things started going downhill. I am not sure if it was a construction error on my part, but the tension never really feels natural. In addition, after only a few minutes of play, the line had come off the spool and spun around the rubber band, necessitating a minor reconstruct. There is a cardboard clicking mechanism that also simulates the feeling of winding a reel. While this is a cool idea, and you are given a spare, mine has already gotten stuck and is now worn out after only a few minutes of gameplay.

The fishing game is very simple. Simplicity is not necessarily an issue, but it naturally limits replayability. My biggest issue with the software is that almost every fish I catch breaks the line, and it becomes very frustrating. Yes, I could research ways to play online, but instructions/gameplay tips really should have been incorporated.

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Looks great so far! Definitely something to consider when deciding on whether or not I should buy a Labo kit.

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How is the durability of the cardboard? Is it heavier than say your typical Amazon box? One of my concerns about labo is that within a week the cardboard will be broken in some way. 

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It feels quite good. It’s not corrugated, so it feels more like two sheets of extra heavy cardstock pressed together than your typical cardboard. When you fold it, the pieces sometimes pull apart a tiny bit, but this hasn’t been an issue yet. 

In my opinion, it’s quite durable. However, I should note that I have a rather calm daughter. If you have a couple of rambunctious boys, I could see the Toycons not lasting very long. 

My fishing pole review is coming soon, and it’s not as positive. 

Edit: Upon closer inspection, there is indeed mini corrugation, but I stand by my comment; it feels like cardstock. 

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I wonder if Nintendo will give you free replacements of the cardboards arrays if they get damaged. It shouldn't be too much trouble.

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10 hours ago, EliteSmash said:

I wonder if Nintendo will give you free replacements of the cardboards arrays if they get damaged. It shouldn't be too much trouble.

Not free, but you can buy replacement parts

https://store.nintendo.com/ng3/browse/subcategory.jsp?categoryId=cat960195

But they did publish PDFs of them so you can cut out your own replacements.

https://www.nintendo.co.jp/labo/parts/

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19 hours ago, Shawn Marcy said:

Might give it a shot someday

As much as I have enjoyed Labo thus far, I am not sure I would pick it up for myself. For me, the joy comes from watching my daughter play and learn at the same time. 

If you are on the fence, I am sure used copies, sans-cardboard, will be available very cheaply in the near future. If you don't mind some cutting, it could be worth it.

My fishing pole review is up.

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