Mattel announces officially licensed hover board prop replica for 2012by Stephen Clark
February 12, 2012
Ever since Robert Zemeckis first sent fans into a frenzy way back in 1989 by jokingly stating that hover boards were real, the most highly-anticipated prop replica is finally set to be released as an officially licensed product!
On the eve of the annual New York International Toy Fair, Mattel has announced that they will be releasing a 1:1 authentic replica of the legendary hover board Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) made famous in Back to the Future Part II. The company will be taking orders for the final product between March 1 - 20, 2012 exclusively via their MattyCollector.com website, with an anticipated release date to be in November/December 2012. The board is expected to include mutiple "whooshing" sounds, as well as have the ability to "glide" over most surfaces (other than water). Just like Nike stated last year with their auto-lacing Mag replicas, Mattel says fans must wait until 2015 for expected movie features to be supported.
Longtime fans will recall that this isn't the first time that an officially licensed prop replica of the hover board has been planned. Back in the late '90s, Icons Authentic Replicas based in Southern California had announced plans to release a commercial version of the board before going out of business in 1999.
Due to the high-expense to bring this product to market, Mattel requires a minimum number of orders to be placed before they go into production. For an item which every Back to the Future fan has waited more than two decades just to add to their collection, we can't imagine that Mattel won't receive the number of orders they require to send the replica to production.
The madness begins March 1...
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