Posted: February 22nd, 2012 | Author: Robbie Handy |
Fans of the Back to the Future film series starring Michael J. Fox have found themselves in a frenzy since it was announced at last weekend’s New York Toy Fair that behemoth toymaker Mattel is set to release a full scale replica of the hoverboard which Marty McFly takes to the skies with in Back to the Future Part II. Those of us who grew up in the eighties [and many subsequent fans] will fondly remember the scene in which Marty borrows the Mattel branded hoverboard from a little girl and removes the steering pole in order to make a fast exit from Biff and his gang of futuristic bullies.
Mattel has promised eager fans a movie-realistic 1:1 model featuring the pink and patterned detailing on the top, the metallic hover pads on the flip-side, and even the hole where Marty tears off the steering pole. However, if you’re already picturing yourself skimming across the surface of the duck pond at your local park and then floating down the high street as you pick up a few provisions, you should draw your [air] brakes for a couple of seconds because there are a few differences between the hoverboard you can pre-order from March 1st -20th and the version depicted in the iconic movie.
Firstly, the technology which powers the replica is still shrouded in mystery and although we are promised that it will “glide” over most surfaces it will not actually hover and definitely won’t be powerful enough to swoosh you across water like a messianic marvel. Secondly, Mattel has warned fans that because the item is high cost, a minimum amount of orders must be received before it can go into production and if this limit is not reached, then the project will be cancelled and all pre-payments returned to customers. Last but not least, there is the cost to consider: Mattel has not revealed the actual price tag you can expect to pay for this iconic piece of movie history, but considering that Marty McFly’s recently released Nike Air Mag shoes were priced at thousands of dollars a pair, you can be sure that you’ll pay a fantastically futuristic price if you want to unwrap a Back to the Future hoverboard for Christmas 2012.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that enough fans of the cult 80s movie series can find the cash to get the production lines rolling at Mattel this March so that come Christmas 2012 they will be ready.