The big Toy Fair rumor this week was that Mattel had developed a Back to the Future-like hoverboard. Alas, it turned out to be a non-working collector's item, a duplicate of the prop from the film. Damn. Here's another company touting a hoverboard, one that functions a lot like a segway.
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.
My fantasy. Your fantasy. Marty McFly's 2015 reality from Back to the Future Part II. The hoverboard now exists, for real, thanks to the magic of superconducting magnets, quantum levitation, and the boundless brilliance and ingenuity of the French.
Let me get this straight, hypothetical future parent: you're thinking of giving your kids a flying skateboard? As a toy? That seriously seems like a disaster in the making followed by numerous lawsuits, and Mattel's hypothetical future lawyers are having none of it.
Think Segways are cool? You'll probably make the same mistake about the Air Board, too. Look, it's $14,000! Fourteen thousand! You could buy yourself a really nice (albeit used) car for that, and still have your integrity intact, too. Just...