When you have a kid, you quickly build up a sixth sense for danger, or more accurately, a heightened sense of anxiety. For example, my sofa: it’s about as menacing as a bowl of spaghetti, but the second my son could stand, the rather dull corners on either side of its Swedish frame became glowing orbs of potential pain. This trend continues until your kid’s stats jump overnight - suddenly they’re slightly quicker and more mobile than you remember, and out of nowhere they’re diving head first into a wooden bookshelf.

The first time this happened, my son’s head grew an additional shape, leading to a rather frantic trip to the hospital. He was fine because kids have skulls made of titanium, but for some reason, the most memorable thing about that night was realising just how big a market ‘adult colouring books’ were. Not empty pages of real estate for people to let their imaginations run wild, but actual shapes that you simply colour in.

I get it because we all have different hobbies or ways to deal with anxiety (or any other emotion that someone might experience in a hospital - the range is wide), but I also don’t get it because the idea of doing something as regimented as colouring in some shapes is entirely alien to me.

But then I spent an entire afternoon, and a huge chunk of an evening too, folding cardboard.

That’s right, following my visit to Nintendo HQ back in April for the release of the Labo Variety Kit and the Robot Kit for the Switch, I was back for some more cardboard comfort. Now, for all of you too lazy to click the hyperlink and read my initial impressions, I basically gave it thumbs up. Our collective worries about longevity (to a certain degree), product quality, and the perceived age range were all quickly put to one side as we got our hands on a product uniquely Nintendo, and a whole heap of fun.

With the Vehicle Kit, Nintendo have taken the best elements of each original pack, smashing them together for the most complete Labo experience to date. Multiple builds? Check. A more complete ‘game’ to play? Check.

And really, it’s the latter point that I feel Nintendo were smart to address. The infrastructure for longevity has always been there, thanks to the limitless possibilities of creation courtesy of the Toy-Con Garage, but as we've all come to realise, the gaming element is what ties it all together. And if that's missing? Well, that cardboard quickly starts to gather dust.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves - what can you build with the Vehicle Kit?

A steering wheel for driving a car, a steering box for moving a submarine, a joystick for controlling a plane, and a foot pedal for all three vehicles. Oh, and a key too. That's important.

For those of you new to the Labo experience, everything is pretty straightforward. At its core, you've got a bunch of cardboard sheets that given some love can be turned into all the parts you need. You then place your joy cons where they need to go and you're done. If you wanna know more about the actual tech involved (IR, vibration, etc), the app will actually explain it to you (perfect if you have kids).

Once you get past the build - no matter how relaxing - you’ll quickly find the software to be the most fulfilling part of the kit. A bunch of mini-games and an open-world island to explore? Roll the tape…

If those actors look as though they’re faking it, trust me, they’re not. Jumping seamlessly between each vehicle while exploring a living, breathing island is a lot of fun, and part of the reason why recommending this kit is such a no-brainer. Oh, and did we mention you’ll soon be able to use the steering wheel with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Watch this video if you don’t believe us:

Imagine your best friend coming over for a game of Mario Kart and you pull out a cardboard steering wheel? That's a big baller move and a surefire way of turning a friend into an enemy. What more could you ask for?

Whether you’re looking to get your fold on this weekend, or simply a new game to play, the Vehicle Kit represents the best of both worlds. Plus, it represents an exciting look into Labo's bright future. Not bad for £59.99.