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Nintendo Labo’s Vehicle Kit lets you pilot planes, cars, and submarines

Take to the air, dive underwater, or hit the desert with the newest creations.


Brittany Vincent


Posted on Jul 27, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 10:00 am CDT

Nintendo Labo, Nintendo’s collection of popular cardboard-based Switch accessories, is welcoming its Vehicle Kit into the fold—and the newest addition is one of the most ambitious yet.

CNET reports that starting this September, Switch owners can pick up the Toy-Con 03 Vehicle Kit, which packs some very cool projects into one box. This collection lets you control a car (or buggy), plane, and even a submarine. While there were remote-controlled cars available in the Variety Pack, this is a seriously improved suite of activities to do solo or with friends and family.

Each kit comes packing a physical copy of the Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit game software, sticker sheets for decoration, string, grommet sets, rubber bands, and all the cardboard necessary to get the project going. All you need to add to the mix is your Nintendo Switch.

The “vehicles” themselves won’t be what you actually build with cardboard. Instead, crafty players keen on exploring virtual worlds can create cardboard steering wheels, gas pedals, flight sticks, and submarine control panels.

Nintendo’s trailer showcases how each item will work in tandem with in-game software, and it’s undeniably a marvel of modern gaming tech—right up to having to gas up the buggy you control with your own pedal and makeshift steering wheel. You can even make a key to start your vehicles up. How cool is that?

Once you’ve blazed through all the building projects, you can insert the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers into each cardboard item and take to the land, sea, or air with the vehicle of your choice. Each configuration is meant to look and feel like a natural extension of how you’d control the vehicles in real life, and given how well the previous projects controlled (especially the very cool Toy-Con Piano), these should make for some impressive finished devices.

The Toy-Con 03 Vehicle Kit debuts on Sep. 14 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive for $70. It’s the same price as the Variety kit, but if you’re more interested in controlling a huge robot, you can opt to pick up the $80 Robot kit instead. All are equally awesome and well worth spending an afternoon or so cobbling together. A kit may not be appropriate for some of the younger tots, but for older kids and their parents and siblings, makes for an enjoyable way to spend the weekend.

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*First Published: Jul 27, 2018, 4:43 pm CDT