Why Chosen: This was a simple toy, but also one of my favorite TV shows of all time (see intro above). As a kid, I loved watching this show and seeing what a talking car could accomplish. The toy itself was about 18 inches long, so it was a pretty good size. In addition, it talked in the voice of KITT. If it had fresh batteries in it, you could push down on the back license plate and it would repeat some of the cool phrases that only KITT would say, like "Activate the Turbo Boost." Way too cool! If the batteries weren't fresh, it would be a slow motion sounding voice and not be the same. At the time, I didn't realize how cool it would have been to save the Michael Knight (aka David Hasselhoff) action figure.
Worst thing to happen to this toy: Since the car in the show would make all sort of jumps and tricks, it was only natural to try and recreate them. The car held up pretty well, but I put that thing through some abuse.
Where are they now?: No clue, probably joined the stack of toys sold at a garage sale or donated to charity.
If I could play with them now, would I?: No, it would be nothing more than a decoration at this point.
Relevant in today's times: David Hasselhoff seems to never go away, he's always involved in something so his career is still going. As far as the tv show/franchise, it tried. NBC tried to bring back the show but it just didn't work (see intro below). I was a fan when they brought it back in 2008 but it strayed too far from what made the original popular; went way too top secret and took on some over the top. By the time they went back to what worked, it was too late to save the show. Deanna Russo was my celebrity crush of 2008, so I thank the creators of this remake for bringing her into the public eye.