Mattel to release Back to the Future hover board replica
Mattel will be releasing a replica of the iconic hover board featured in the Back to the Future movies (Photo: Mattycollector.com)
Admit it. No matter what age you were when you first saw the hover board in Back to the Future 2, odds are that you wanted one. Too bad we're a scant three years away from the time when the movie takes place and the hover industry hasn't taken off quite as portrayed - hovercraft notwithstanding. Mattel is getting ready with the next best thing though: a full-sized replica of the famous pink hover board.
Mattel announced their plans to release a version of the iconic hover board at the 2012 Toy Fair in New York but offered a few details. The board will be a 1:1 replica of the one shown in the movie, complete with little details like the hole from where Marty pulled out the handlebars when he first grabbed it. Of course the hover board won't actually float off the ground, but it will be able to glide over most surfaces - similar to FunSlides Carpet Skates - and make different movie-like "whooshing" sounds. And of course, like in the movie, this hover board doesn't work on water.
No specific price will be announced until later this month, but Mattel has noted that it will not be cheap. If you're really keen to be the envy of any child of the 80's, the company will begin accepting pre-orders for it from March 1 to 20, with the final product to ship in November or December if they hit a minimum number of orders.
Source: Matty Collector
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Umm, actually the Hover board in the movie worked perfectly well over water, unfortunately for Marty McFly, his foot wasnt shaped like a paddle to propell him forwards! The problem actually comes down to the fact that water for some reason is not a solid like the pavement is, now if this scene had been played out in the dead of winter and the said body of water had frozen over and Marty had happened to be wairing spikes or crampons, then this might be a completely different story!
Great! I can wear my Back to the Future Nike Air Mag\'s (http://www.gizmag.com/nike-auctioning-back-to-the-future-shoes/19771/) and pretend that this actually works as a hoverboard.
Great , then all I need is the jacket that sizes and dries itself.
"Mattel to release Back to the Future hover board replica"
Well, I'm glad to see that Mattel is getting this out in time to tie in with the movie - no, wait.
We'll see the self-drying, self-sizing jacket long before the hoverboard. I already have pants that automatically size the waistband within a 4-inch range, self-lengthening sleeves aren't that much of a stretch (pun unintended but enjoy it anyway), fabric that wicks water to the outside and sheds it shouldn't be a huge challenge, but there isn't any principle in physics that we know of that can be manipulated to make things hover without displacing large volumes of air to create thrust. What we need for that is a magnetic monopole.
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