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  • Collectible: Electronic Klingon Bird of Prey
  • Company: Diamond Select
  • Price: $69.99
  • Collectible: K.I.T.T.
  • Company: Diamond Select
  • Price: $59.99
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Klingon Bird of Prey and K.I.T.T. Car Reviews

Two new Rides from Diamond Select

By Tim Janson     February 10, 2014
Source: Mania.com


Two new Rides from Diamond Select
© Diamond Select
Today were taking a look at two toys from Diamond Select that offer two very different styles of conveyance…the Klingon Electronic Bird of Prey and the Knight Rider 1/15th Scale K.I.T.T. car.
 
Electronic Klingon Bird of Prey
(Diamond Select)
Retail price: $69.99
Grade: A-
 
The latest Star Trek ship from Diamond Select is the Klingon Bird of Prey, one of the more infamous ships of Star Trek lore.  Right out of the nicely displayed packaging the ship Measures 19 inches wide x 12 1/2-inches long x 5-inches tall.  It also comes with three AA batteries for the ships electronic lights and sounds.  It is the first non-Enterprise ship produced by Diamond Select.  As with its previous ships it comes with a display base to give the illusion of traveling through space. 

The first thing you notice is the exquisite detail of the ship.  I would say that it is VERY close to being premiere model kit quality.  The fact that it comes at a lower price than a kit of that level as well as obviously not requiring assembly other than placing it on the base makes this a heck of a buy for around $60 depending upon your source.  The piece features intricate detail throughout including finely placed shading to give the ship a weathered or slightly damaged look.  It definitely looks like it has seen action and it should.  The different colors of shading throughout give the ship a great deal of character.
 
The wings of the Bird of Prey can ratchet into several positions.  You have them down at roughly a 45 degree angle which I believe is the usual attack position (but please Trekkies don’t quote me on that).  You can have them straight out which gives the ship its maximum wing span or you can have them pointing slightly up, maybe 25 degrees or so.  The wing mechanism feels tight and I would not think there would be any issue with long-term changing of the positions.

There is a button on top of the ship to play the various lights and sounds.  A yellow light is seen coming from the ships windows and vents along with the sounds of the ship’s engines, and cloaking device.  Green lights on the wings guns are for the firing of the phasers, and a red light just below the nose of the ship and the back of the ship are for Photon torpedoes and engines.  In addition there are several quotes from Klingon General Chang who loved to quote Shakespeare…for some odd reason.  If you look at the lights in a dark room you will notice some bleeding through the seams of the ship but it’s not too bad and the sounds and quotes have a strong volume.
 
All in all the Bird of Prey is nicely done and a welcome addition for all Star Trek Collectors.
 
Knight Rider 1/15 Scale K.I.T.T. Vehicle
(Diamond Select)
Retail price: $59.99
Grade: A-
 
Some 30 years after Kenner toys released its original line of Knight Rider toys and vehicles the 1980’s classic TV show returns in the form of this 1/15 scale electronic K.I.T.T. car from Diamond Select.  Admittedly I was never really a fan of the show and only saw it a handful of times but I am a fan of a good toy.  
 
K.I.T.T.  features the original voice of the 1980’s series, William Daniels.  Like most vehicles it comes with both a play and demo setting for the lights and sounds which is located on the bottom of the car.  The car comes with an extra set of stickers for the interior and stickers for the license plate.  The car includes three AA batteries.  The battery compartment is located on the bottom of the car where the gas tank would be.

The button at the gas tank actives the cars lights and sounds.  The blue panel headlights blaze to life as well as the red sensor light that moves back and forth right below the hood,  the red tail lights, as well as dashboard lights and monitors.  Looks extremely cool in a dark room.  There are seven different quotes that emerge from K.I.T.T. along with several different sounds including the sensor scanner, turbo boost, sonar, and power up/power down sounds.  The sounds are great, quite loud and correspond to the phrase such as the lights flickering when K.I.T.T. tells you that he is losing power.
The car doors open up so you can get a better look at the car’s interiors as well as the various dashboard lights and monitors, and flashing voice box.  The mold itself is a metal body with plastic interior and bottom and real rubber tires.  K.I.T.T. has a high gloss finish which truly brings out the car’s beauty although it does tend to pick-up finger prints so you will need to wipe it down if it’s being handles.  One little gripe is that some of the stickers are applied crooked but thankfully you do have the extra set so that you can reapply them if you wish.  

What a great throwback to the fantastic 1980s!

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raynardmuldrake 2/15/2014 1:11:28 PM

Toys r us had the K.I.T.T. cars for 49.99 and comes in two different versions. This version and super pursuit mode version where all the wings on front, sides and back are extended. Sadly they are permenantly extended though.

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