Bob Gale provides photos for Hoverboard props vs. replicas comparison

Yesterday, we printed a candid apology letter from Writer/Producer Bob Gale to the Back to the Future community regarding his early endorsement of Mattel's recently released hoverboard prop replicas after an outcry from the fan community over the finalized release.

Today, Gale has taken the discussion a step further to allow fans who've already purchased one of Mattel's recent hoverboard replicas—and those who are considering a purchase—to see a side-by-side comparison of two of his screen-used hoverboards along with the review sample he received last week from Mattel. By his own admission, these photos may settle some of the controversy, yet at the same time, they may start another. Regardless, fans can review the photos below and make up their own minds whether to add Mattel's commercial version to their collections.

Hoverboards - Full

Hoverboards - tight

Hoverboards - bottom

About these photos, and the hoverboards
 

The accompanying photos show my two boards flanking the Mattel replica.

As far as I'm concerned, the basic design and colors of Mattel's board are just fine. 
 
Bear in mind the following: for the movie we had several different versions of the hero board, based on how it was to be used or seen in the film. Every version was a little different, both in color and material. Neither of my boards have the real lenticular finish that's seen in some of the movie shots.  One of mine (at left in the 3-shot) is the actual one used in the burning of the almanac scene. It's made of foam and has a wire stand on the bottom so that it could be filmed from above and appear to be hovering. That's why the middle part on the bottom is bigger than the one that Marty takes from the little girl: to accommodate the stand. It was never meant to be seen in any other way. The round rear pad with the velcro strap was lost. My other board is made of solid wood. It's a stunt board, and was used by the 2nd unit. I have no way of knowing if it was hung from wires or sat on a piece of pipe. This board has no “magnets” on the bottom or any detail; it too was only to be seen from the top, and only in very wide angle shots.   In the images, you can see how different the green color on the top is between the boards. Remember too that my boards are over 23 years old, and no doubt, the color has changed a bit over the years.   Furthermore, in the movie, the colors would look different under different lighting conditions, and was again altered by the normal color correction we did in the film. This is why no one should be troubled by Mattel's colors.  
 
I hope that satisfies your curiosity!
 
Bob Gale

published: Tuesday December 11th 2012

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