Playmobil’s move into licensed figures and vehicles has marked an interesting time for collectors over the past few years. On the one hand, we love the idea of our favorite characters getting reimagined in a new way. But, on the other, those of us with kids know that these child-friendly toys are going to end up seeing a lot of playtime.
Regardless of that conundrum, Playmobil is pressing on. The toymaker has tackled Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and James Bond. Now it’s time for the Hoff! Yup! David Hasselhoff’s Michael Knight and the talking Trans AM K.I.T.T. are getting the kiddy treatment.
Priced at $89.99 and sized just right for the 3″ tall Playmobil figures, Knight Industries Two Thousand’ crime-fighting car features lights and sounds right out of the classic ’80s show. Unfortunately, Entertainment Earth’s exact phrases and sound effects weren’t listed, but they’d be pretty easy to guess. As shown on the box, K.I.T.T. will probably have the scanner sound effect, turbo boost, and a few lines addressing Michael.
I wasn’t expecting Playmobil to include Devon Miles and Bonnie Barstow. But that’s a nice added feature. Will we get a K.A.R.R. variant in the future?
The doors of the Trans AM don’t open, but the top does come off, allowing you to plug figures into the seats, much like how the ECTO-1 worked. The headlights pop up, and the rear license plate rotates. K.I.T.T.’s voicebox on the dashboard also illuminates.
Speaking from experience, Playmobil’s licensed vehicles are worth the cash, most of the time. However, since K.I.T.T. is $89.99, that may stretch things a bit. The Ghostbusters’ ECTO-1 wasn’t that much, plus it was larger and had more features.
Maybe it’s the cost of doing business with Universal? Who knows?
What do you think of the addition of Knight Rider to the Playmobil line? Let us know in the comments section.
[Source: Entertainment Earth]
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