Hot Wheels Elite “K.A.R.R.”

May 10, 2014 No Comments by

Before Michael Knight’s bad, black, cyber-Trans Am “K.I.T.T” took to fighting crime, there was “K.A.R.R.,” Knight Industries’ first – and decidedly flaky – prototype robotic car. Unlike its properly bolted-together sibling,  K.A.R.R. had a few screws loose (not to mention a couple of rogue circuits in its main processor), and was stashed safely away until a couple of bumbling thieves unwittingly set it loose. That made K.A.R.R. a menace — and a handy plot device which appeared in two episodes of Knight Rider: “Trust Doesn’t Rust,” and the tellingly titled “K.I.T.T. vs. K.A.R.R.” Here’s a spoiler, in case you missed it: K.I.T.T. wins.  Another winner is the 1:43 version of the bad seed Poncho as done by Hot Wheels Elite. The diecast body is heavy, smooth, and deco’d up correctly, with a silver grey treatment below the waist and a yellow, not red, scanner in its nose. We love the shape of the thing – HWE has finessed the car convincingly – and the butyrate glazing, crisp wheels and tires, and fully detailed interior make the car a piece that’ll fit nicely alongside even higher-end resin 1:43 models. The lensing up front, moderate (but nicely picked out) chassis detailing, and the smoked T-tops, rear glass, and taillights make the car an authentic piece that should engage adult collectors and younger fans alike.  -  Joe Kelly, Jr.

1:43 | $70 

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I’ll start by saying that my “real world” job for 37 years was being an AeroSpace Engineer in the Preliminary Design Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 37 years. I’ve been a car nut (as well as an airplane nut) for as long as I can remember but I never intended to be a writer. I began collecting 1/43 scale diecast models in 1966 and wrote a story about making the Dinky and Mebetoys Ford GT models more accurate for Collector’s Automotive Replica Society (CARS) in ’68. Then in the early ‘70’s I bought one of John Day’s first white-metal kits, the Mercedes 300SLR, and wrote a story about that which was published in Scale Modeler in 1972. John liked it and sent some more kits and, well, things just got out of hand. I’ve written about 1/43 scale models (and kits) in one or more magazine continuously since then and those Fords and the 300SLR (yes, I still have it) have been joined by about 3500 more models. Although I’ve never been out of the country, this hobby has given me the opportunity to make friends all over the world, something that would never have happened if I hadn’t bought those Ford GT’s. At this point I’ve had more than 1700 magazine articles published and plan to add some more to that with DiecastX. I’m really looking forward to this association with a great group of people who have helped make the hobby what it is and hope to make a lot more new friends through these pages.
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