Sneak Peek of New Hot Wheels 1/18 KITT!!

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Re: Sneak Peek of New Hot Wheels 1/18 KITT!!

Post by Knight Racer » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:01 pm

Wow thats great.When will it be released?

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Post by Dave Knight » Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:52 am

from what I heard late 2012 early 2013.
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Re: Sneak Peek of New Hot Wheels 1/18 KITT!!

Post by KITTfan » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:29 am

Motor_Head wrote:I absolutely love it when I am wrong and the news is this good:

Hot Wheels Elite Tweets:

"AlaskaPollock Walleye @HotWheelsElite K.I.T.T looks awesome! Will it have a functioning red scanner light?"
9 Feb

"HotwheelsElite Hotwheels Elite @AlaskaPollock you bet it will. We put in extra effort to get a functioning red scanner light on the 1:18 scale K.I.T.T.!"
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OH YEAH!!!!


That's excellent! Hope they make it like Aoshima did, with all-on effect when starting up and nice trailing effect :)

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Post by Tannim31 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:19 am

KITTfan wrote:That's excellent! Hope they make it like Aoshima did, with all-on effect when starting up and nice trailing effect :)


Tho I love the "all on" effect before the actual scan on the Aoshima, the guys at Evilmadscience.com did a much better trailing effect. Now if HW uses the ATtiny2313A Controller THEN it would be a scanner worthy of KITT :)

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Post by OKC KNIGHT » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:13 pm

According to my "Mattel source" 1/18 K.I.T.T is suppose to come out 4th QTR 2012 around Christmas 8) :good:

Watch out for K.A.R.R in 2013...........oops shhhhhhh :wink:

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Re: Sneak Peek of New Hot Wheels 1/18 KITT!!

Post by Motor_Head » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:00 pm

Just got word that the headlights will pop-up and down on KITT. Awesome!!!!

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Post by PBH » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:10 pm

Wow!!!!!
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Post by MR2NR » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:48 pm

Motor_Head wrote:Just got word that the headlights will pop-up and down on KITT. Awesome!!!!



I was good with the scanner but the popup headlights worries me that this model could run more than a couple hundred $$ :shock:
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Post by OKC KNIGHT » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:00 am

As of now the 1/18 Hot Wheels Elite KITT will come out November 2012 with a MSRP $159.99

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Post by corlando52 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:56 am

Awesome!

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Post by PBH » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:54 pm

OKC KNIGHT wrote:As of now the 1/18 Hot Wheels Elite KITT will come out November 2012 with a MSRP $159.99

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Ouch... but gotta have it!!!!
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Post by corlando52 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:29 am

Hot Wheels has been very responsive to fan's comments. I posted that there are front ground effects on this prototype and they responded that they will be taking it off. With Diamond Select now in the mix promising a light up dashboard and light up foglights, maybe Matchbox will look more closely at offering this as well. We will see.

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Re: Sneak Peek of New Hot Wheels 1/18 KITT!!

Post by kngtmat » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:40 pm

:shock: $159.99 Well that leaves us poorer fans out, for me it would also have to be remote controlled & go 100mph for that price.

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Post by PBH » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:14 pm

kngtmat wrote::shock: $159.99 Well that leaves us poorer fans out, for me it would also have to be remote controlled & go 100mph for that price.

This won't be out until the end of the year (at the earliest). Get an envelope and drop in $10 a month like I am. By December, you'll have $110.00 standing by :P
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Re: Sneak Peek of New Hot Wheels 1/18 KITT!!

Post by KITTfan » Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:08 am

When ERTL Joyride KITT was released in 2004, times were better and 1/18 scale models were much more common hobby than later when world's economy went down. As sales dropped for 18th scale models, prices went up as the manufacturers must get their income from fewer models. Also the labour costs in China, cost of raw materials, etc. have raised since 2004 so these things also raise the prices of modelcars nowdays.
I think Autoart models cost these days about the same as this upcoming KITT model and other HW Elite models are also in similar price range so unfortunately this is the situation these days. Cheap collecting days are gone, maybe forever but one has to remember these are luxury items, not bare necessities.

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Re: Sneak Peek of New Hot Wheels 1/18 KITT!!

Post by PBH » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:44 am

KITTfan wrote:When ERTL Joyride KITT was released in 2004, times were better and 1/18 scale models were much more common hobby than later when world's economy went down. As sales dropped for 18th scale models, prices went up as the manufacturers must get their income from fewer models. Also the labour costs in China, cost of raw materials, etc. have raised since 2004 so these things also raise the prices of modelcars nowdays.
I think Autoart models cost these days about the same as this upcoming KITT model and other HW Elite models are also in similar price range so unfortunately this is the situation these days. Cheap collecting days are gone, maybe forever but one has to remember these are luxury items, not bare necessities.

In general, you are correct, but the price point for model cars haven't changed as dramatically as you suggest. New Buragos, Maisto, etc. are still the same relative price at $15.00 to $30.00. If Ertl still made their Joyride line (which was just a slightly higher quality than these 2 lines), it would be no more than $50.00. AutoArt and Hotwheels Elite (among others) are the more "premium" lines and have always cost about $100.00-$150.00 on average depending on the model.
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Re: Sneak Peek of New Hot Wheels 1/18 KITT!!

Post by MR2NR » Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:10 am

kngtmat wrote::shock: $159.99 Well that leaves us poorer fans out, for me it would also have to be remote controlled & go 100mph for that price.


Like this?

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159.99 Isn't horrible for a limited edition. If the headlights come up and down it will definitely be worth it. :wink:

Also does anybody know the production numbers yet? I was strolling through Hastings in a town I visit once a year and seen the HW Elite Batmobile Thunder thing and it was limited to 5000. Around me it looks like Hastings will be the place to get this the soonest as they had the Mini Mate KR before Toys R US even had them online.
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Post by RomanticKnight » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:55 pm

True if HW were to give us KITT in Super Pursuit Mode, i suppose it would be a safe bet that some details would be removed from the original KITT model to make space for the winglets to hide under. That's fine with me considering the thought of how delicate the parts to design would be. On the other hand, I'm sure we'd all be happy with just KITT and KARR. But more importantly, I hope they give us both versions of KARR from the episode "KITT VS KARR".

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Post by KITTfan » Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:51 am

KITT and KARR would be enough for me too but Cmode KITT would be quite nice too :)
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Post by neps » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:37 am

hey everyone!

we've gotten some direct contact with Hot Wheels Elite - and they've provided us with updated tooling images, a video of the scanner in action and a COMPLETE list of all features. Check it out. :)

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Amazing work! Please share this link wherever you can: http://knightrideronline.com/news/2012/ ... update.php

Working LED scanner
Pop up headlights
Opening doors
Opening engine hood- reveals the "Knight Industries turbo jet engine with modified afterburners"
Lift up, and removable T-tops
Ejector driver and passenger seats
Fold down rear seat
Opening rear hatch
Rotating license plate function to reveal alternate plate
Working steering
Underside chassis details include Rocket Boosters, Smoke screen, flame thrower, and grappling hookr, and grappling hook

Keep up with the questions and I can ask them anything you are curious about. I'm going to ask if the t-tops are going to be "glass" too - and also about the scanner animation - I hope they smooth out that pause. but again, minor nits on a tooling prototype!

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Post by Knight Racer » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:50 am

Will there be a black privacy protector attached to the rear hatch as the show did?

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Post by KITTfan » Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:52 am

Awesome features :) Do they have any plans for KARR and maybe even Michael Knight figurine? How about ordinary '82 Pontiac Trans-Am, "Michael Long's car"?

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KITTfan wrote:Awesome features :) Do they have any plans for KARR and maybe even Michael Knight figurine? How about ordinary '82 Pontiac Trans-Am, "Michael Long's car"?


KARR or the Recaro would be sooo sweet!!!!

Definitely no figurine from Hot Wheels, but who knows. Maybe Mattel will do something for the fans. Check out Mattel's collector site http://www.mattycollector.com/store/mat ... OffersPage sometime. I ordered the Hoverboard a short while ago from them. Very impressive items.
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Post by RomanticKnight » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:23 am

I was wondering when we'd get some new pics of the car. This is SA-WEEEEEET! God Bless the fact that this car has the Pontiac arrowhead logo etched in the bowling ball hubcaps. And more importantly, the whole caboodle is a far cry from the Ertl Joyride rendition. AKA Much much better than Joyride. One diecast model company can make a difference. :mrgreen:

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Post by corlando52 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:47 pm

AWESOME! I see they took my suggestion and removed the front ground effects. I've also suggested possibly making the dash light up and gave them a solution to how they could do it simply and cheaply. They liked the idea, so let's see if they incorporate it into this great diecast!

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