Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
It’s that time of year again! Anne and I are at Wizard World Chicago in scenic Rosemont, IL, where we’re so far having a blast even though parts of it resemble hard work and our feet feel battle-damaged after two days of endless walking, standing, lining up, shuffling forward in cattle-call formation, and scurrying toward exciting people and things…
My wife and I took an okay number of photos over the course of our three-day stay and will once again be sharing the most usable over the next several entries.
Tonight’s episode: famous cars and stuff! Every Wizard World show has a couple of recognizable vehicles from movies and TV, but this year brought in a few newcomers we hadn’t seen in person before. Exhibit A: KITT from Knight Rider. My wife saw many more episodes back in the ’80s than I did and firmly demanded photos with the greatest talking car in pop culture history. (Sorry, Speed Buggy.)
This KITT has all the nonlethal bells and whistles. The tracking light in the hood oscillates. The dashboard power is voice-activated. KITT speaks a few lines that I’m 95% certain were prerecorded. Its security system includes an exterior camera so you can keep an eye on that shady warehouse-looking wall behind you. I’m not sure why there’s a mini-KITT mounted inside, unless that’s a deadly spy weapon cleverly disguised as a collectible toy. No henchmen would ever suspect.
KITT’s original driver, Michael Knight, couldn’t be with us this weekend, probably because he had two shows booked at a lounge in Brussels or whatever. But his good twin Flat Michael stood by heroically, ready to be called into inaction.
Next to KITT: a Jurassic Park jeep! Appearing on behalf of a local natural history museum, you can relive those classic moments of zooming away from sprinting dinosaurs or just wonder to yourself if this is one of the real jeeps driven by Newman from Seinfeld. We didn’t ask.
On KITT’s other side, Tony Stark’s 1967 Shelby Cobra (or something like that) still bears the dents and scars of its owner’s failed armor testing.
For a few dollars more, you can pretend you just crashed into it during your armor-crafting experiment, and a concerned yet debonair Tony Stark rushes to your side to make sure you won’t sue.
Also not far away: the Mad Max Interceptor. Beyond it is the Mystery Machine, but we’ve seen that before.
Cars weren’t the only fascinating items at hand. The following is a select portfolio of random fun things and stuff we ran across during our walks through, up, and around the exhibit halls. Things and stuff are cool.
To be concluded! Other chapters in this special MCC miniseries:
Prologue: Five Shots from Our Convention Weekend in Progress
Part 1: Team Cosplay
Part 2: Marvel Cosplay
Part 3: DC vs. Star Wars Cosplay
Part 4: Last Call for Cosplay
Part 5: Actors We Met
Part 7: Why We Convention