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Wednesday, March 07 2012 09:35

Hoverboards are expensive...

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If you're one of the folks that snagged a pair of NIKE's 2011 MAG shoes last year, there's a good chance that you'd like a MATTEL Hoverboard to go with them. After making a splash on the 'net a couple of months ago when word of the impending Hoverboard release got out, the hot pink skate deck is now up for pre-order. Just as NIKE copped out with the whole ''self-lacing'' feature in stating that ''the technology doesn't arrive until 2015,'' MATTEL is is stating that their non-hovering Hoverboard will only ''glide on most flat surfaces'' due to the technology not being available just yet. So what does a non-hovering Hoverboard cost?

$120 is the price for this "Prop Replica," which is probably reasonable for the hardcore BACK TO THE FUTURE II fan, but a little too steep for my tastes. With one kid here and another on the way in June, I'm sticking to the HOT WHEELS DeLorean we have and the Diamond Select version that's here in my office. 

hoverboardad''Great Scott, film fans! You won't need a flux capacitor to fulfill your density because the first ever Hoverboard prop replica from the classic Back to the Future™ trilogy is coming to MattyCollector.com in 2012!

Movie-accurate down to the smallest detail and fully sanctioned by Universal Studios, this is a 1:1 scale model (measures approximately 28" x 8" x 3"). Our Hoverboard includes authentic "whooshing" sounds sampled directly from the films and a deco featuring Mattel logos just like in the films. And although full hovering technology isn't expected until 2015, be assured your Hoverboard will gently glide over most level surfaces (it will not, however, work on water).''

If you're down for a Hoverboard replica, you can pre-order one through March 20, 2012 via MattyCollector.com. It will include a bunch of sounds from the movie, and if you've got a few minutes to kill, check out a video about the prop creation below (via Beyond the Marquee). BTW, you'll also get a miniature hoverboard scaled to go with any 6-inch action figure, which really makes me think that MATTEL is prepping a BACK TO THE FUTURE line that will be similar to what they've done with GHOSTBUSTERS. I still wouldn't cave into buying them, but I'm sure they'd be awesome.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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