Recent times have been good to Back To The Future fans. Nike brought out Marty McFly's awesome MAG shoes (minus auto-lacing, sadly). DeLorean resurrected its iconic car as an all-electric vehicle. Now, Mattel is tackling what's at the top of our BTTF wishlist: the hoverboard.
Let's get right to the heart breaker at hand: Mattel's offering won't hover. I mean, of course it won't, but it still need to be said. Mattel says to "check back in 2015 for that feature" in the company's press release. (Dear reader: can we all make a pact right here right now to hold Mattel to that? After all, we can make hoverboards today, at least conceptually.)
What it will do is let you ride around atop a 1:1 replica of the colorful board made famous in Back To The Future 2, one that makes "multiple whooshing sounds and will glide over most surfaces." Not as exciting, sure, but it's got the look and functions, even if it is rolling.
Mattel says that interested parties can reserve there own between March 1 and March 20, with boards shipping toward the end of the year. The reason for the tight window? From Mattel:
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.
We'll leave you with this last essential warning from Mattel: "Note: Hover board does not work on water."
To give you an idea about the price, this from Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta:
Considering the price will likely be in the hundreds of dollars (Mattel recently sold a Ghostbusters ghost trap replica for $135), I don't expect many people will be using the board as a toy. Lets hope that Mattel focuses on producing a quality display replica instead of an expensive toy.