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Yes! Mattel is Finally Making 'Back to the Future Part II' Hoverboards

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February 13, 2012
Source: SlashFilm

Hoverboard

As if getting a pair of Nike MAGs or hearing of brand new electric DeLoreans wasn't enough for Back to the Future fans (even if they don't really have those power laces), it looks like another piece of fiction from Robert Zemeckis' cherished sci-fi trilogy is becoming a reality. This past weekend at the New York City Toy Fair, Mattel recently unveiled plans to finally release a prop replica of the infamous hoverboard that Marty McFly cruises around on in Back to the Future Part II. However, for those hoping to hang on to the back of a pick-up truck and glide around your local town square, this isn't a real working hoverboard.

Here's what an official press release from Mattel (via SlashFilm) says about the hoverboard:

Back to the Future Hover Board: Finally! This totally awesome 1:1 replica of the hover board from the BTTF 2 and BTTF 3 films includes multiple whooshing sounds and will glide over most surfaces (does not actually “hover” – check back in 2015 for that feature). We’ll be taking orders for it March 1 – March 20, 2012, and the final product will be shipped around November/December 2012. Because this is such a high-cost item, there will be a minimum number of orders required to go into production. If we don’t receive the minimum orders, won’t go into production and customers will not be charged. The price will be announced later this month. (Note: Hover board does not work on water.)

And here's a couple of photos of the actual board from the Toy Fair, courtesy of Toy Ark:

Hoverboard - Toy FairHoverboard - Promo Banner

However, SlashFilm points out that the image from the promotional banner doesn't picture the actual hoverbaord that will be sold, but a recent prop replica that was auctioned off somewhere. The gliding over most surfaces part likely means it will just have a smooth surface on the bottom hover disc portion of the board, but apparently there's also some whooshing sounds that the board will make too. I'd rather it just had a switch that made the constant humming sound that we all know from the film. Either way, as a huge Back to the Future fan,  you can bet I'll be getting my hands on this beauty. Can we get a Pitbull next?

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  • GABO2D2
    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT
    • Manuel
      What's wrong with you?
  • http://profiles.google.com/snears Nick Sears
    I'm glad they wrote 'prop replica' cause some idiots will actually think it works.
    • Jballardie
      Could you blame the "idiots". Because the hoverboard in Back to The Future II actually did hover. It wasn't just special effects.
      • xsynari
        Where did you read that the hoverbaord in BTTF actually hovered?  It WAS just special effects, rumors of it hovering were  debunked.  And if they did have a working model, I'm sure that sort of technology would be more commercialized now, 25 years later.
  • RobOh
    "Because this is such a high-cost item" ... Wait, HIGH cost?  For a big piece of plastic with some decals and a footstrap on it?  Pligga, neese.
    • Jericho
      i know and, not to feel so product placing, i just made my own for $20 bucks start it at 2:06 for shopping list..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-o5Xnq-HdU 
      • Jericho
        i made it last year so BOO YA I'M ONE STEP AHEAD!!!!!!
  • Neuromancer
    I'll wait until a working model is released!
    • http://www.quanahblogs.com/ Quanah
      I, as well. Although I wish I could buy a Delorean right now.
  • Dr.Duvel
    This is not Movie news.  This is Shit Toy News.  Which site was I visiting again ?
    • Awtan90
      More like: Which article did you click on again?
    • Max Renn
      You've never heard of Back to the Future?
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      Oh, it's FirstShowing.net, a site that focuses on movie news and sometimes various other things that are directly related to movies. Sorry if you were confused, but that doesn't fit on the website header. Hope you're not too distraught to carry on with your daily business.
  • Jericho
    i'll just wait three more years when they actually hover...
  • Max Renn
    How much is this gonna cost? $99? $199?? Crazy.
  • Anonymous
    I'd get it if it was a $100-$125 game controller & small tie-in game, like Tony Hawk's Ride. If it actually worked right of course (TH'sR is sooo fustrating cause of the glitchy board) Or at least you could plug in a Wii Remote Plus n Nunckuck.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5111584 Nate Carroll
    Not real not worth it...
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQoJo81lujk Crapola
    The boardwill be made in China for about a dollar per unit, probably even cheaper, it literally has no use whatsoever. None.

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