Mattel just announced they'll be releasing a Back to the Future 2 hoverboard replica before the end of the year that's "movie accurate", despite the fact that the one in the movie actually looked like it hovered and this one looks like a piece of cheap molded plastic and a giant sticker. I...will be buying one anyways. Per official press release:
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.)
There's some closeups after the jump that make me question why it's going to be a "high-cost item" because it looks so cheap, but maybe it's just an early prototype or something. Maybe the actual production model won't look so flimsy. *shaking Magic Eight Ball* "DIE LOSER." What the? *shakes again* "GO F*** YOURSELF." *looking at ball* AHAHHAHAHHAHA -- it's a magic hate ball.
Hit the jump for the closeups.
Mattel Hover Board prepped for 2012 holiday release [slashgear]
Toy Fair 2012 - Back to the Future II Hoverboard [toyark]
Thanks to Craz, who agrees that, when it comes to movie replicas, you're better off building your own. Or -- OR -- attending the auction the original was sold at, following the winner home, then robbing them when they're on vacation. MWAHAHAHAHAHHA!! *caressing 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' golden idol*