Hoverboards by Mattel

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 Hoverboards by Mattel

Mattel is finally coming out with a Back to the Future hoverboard. Well, they might, if enough people pre-order the board which apparently is such a high-cost item to produce they need to fill a minimum amount of pre-orders before they will start production.

The hoverboard, unfortunately, doesn’t actually hover. It “glides”, which is in quotes because no one is quite sure what that means. We do know that they mean it doesn’t work on water. Which makes sense to include that verbage.”Gliding” does sound like something you’d do on water rather than down the pavement.

Real hoverboards, according to their press release below, are still in development and will be available around 2015. Needless to say, I can’t wait to start seeing some people trying to land some tricks on these “gliding” boards in some youtube videos. Hopefully there will be a lot of slam videos with them, and we can do video post titled, “Back to the Fail”.

Mattel Press Release:
“Back to the Future Hover Board: Finally! This totally awesome 1:1 replica of the hover board from the BTTF 2 and BTTF 3 films includes multiple whooshing sounds and will glide over most surfaces (does not actually “hover” – check back in 2015 for that feature). We’ll be taking orders for it March 1 – March 20, 2012, and the final product will be shipped around November/December 2012. 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. (Note: Hover board does not work on water.)”

Tony Owen is a web developer, skateboarder, designer, musician, traveler and blogger. Founder of Arkitecht and Skateboarding Magazine.

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