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