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Saturday, October 19 2013 00:26

KNIGHT RIDER for Kids! 1:15 Scale K.A.R.R. is coming...

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001 smallAs of this writing, I have mentioned KNIGHT RIDER in no less than 20 of the 1,804 articles that currently reside here on The Rock Father. I love introducing my children to the things that I grew up on, and KNIGHT RIDER is a prime example. My four-year-old is all about K.I.T.T. and Michael Knight, and she knows K.A.R.R., too. As in, the "Knight Automated Roving Robot," or "the original prototype of the car of the future"... K.I.T.T.'s evil twin predecessor. We have the 1:64 scale K.A.R.R. that Mattel recently released as a part of their Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment Series, but now there's something a little big bigger on the way... a 1:15 talking K.A.R.R. from the evil wizards at Diamond Select Toys as a perfect companion to their 1:15 scale K.I.T.T. and forthcoming SUPER PURSUIT MODE model. Due in April 2014, K.A.R.R. just went up for pre-order via my affiliate, Entertainment Earth. Check out some early specs below...

"Michael, that car... It could've been my twin. It was exactly like me."K.I.T.T., November 19, 1982

K.A.R.R.

"Watch your rear fender, KITT - it's the Knight Rider KARR 1:15 Scale Vehicle! The evil vehicle KARR (Knight Automated Roving Robot) appeared in 2 of the most popular episodes of the classic TV show Knight Rider, where he quickly established himself as one of the greatest vehicular bad guys ever! An early prototype of KITT that later became his greatest foe, KARR is now a 1:15 scale electronic replica, measuring 14-inches long with working lights and sound effects, including some of KARR's classic dialogue from the show! The Knight Rider KARR 1:15 Scale Vehicle is packaged in a window box with a "try-me" button."

There's always been some weirdness with K.A.R.R., and if he doesn't look quite the way you might remember, here's a rundown: When he first appeared, he looked exactly like K.I.T.T. with an all-black body and a red scanner. The difference was his yellow voice modulator, and the fact that his voice sounded suspiciously like Optimus Prime (it was actor Peter Cullen). When he returned two years later, he somehow had a yellow/amber scanner, and halfway through the episode, he got a two-tone paint job that added silver to his lower half. And, his voice changed. The Diamond Select K.A.R.R. appears to be a mix of his appearances on the show.

Want to get reacquainted with the badassness of K.A.R.R.? Watch his two full episodes, "Trust Doesn't Rust" and "K.I.T.T. vs K.A.R.R." in the NBC players below...

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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