2012 – Year of the Hoverboard?!

You've been to the future, Marty, but even you probably didn't see this coming

When Back to the Future Part II first premiered in 1989, many of us were enamored with was seemed like a great (and possible) future. In this movie, 1980s teen Marty McFly travels with Doctor Emmett Brown to the year 2015 to prevent his son (Marty McFly, Jr) from getting arrested and potentially permanently tarnishing the McFly name. When Marty gets to the future, he (and we) are amazed at all the things that 2015 holds – games that don’t require controllers, flying cars, the Cubs winning the World Series, Jaws 19, powerlacing shoes, self-drying clothes, dehydrated food, but what probably captured the imaginations of viewers most was a small device called a hoverboard.

If the Cubs ever make it to the playoffs, Steve Bartman will be there to cut their dreams short

The hoverboard was essentially what appeared to be the future of skateboarding. When Marty “borrows” it from the little girl, he begins another Back to the Future signature scene where he skitches a ride on various vehicles to get away from Biff Griff and blah, blah, blah, you guys know the story.

Anyway, even though this movie came out 20 years ago, fans of the film series remain absolutely CONVINCED that most of the events from this movie will come to pass. While many things remain unavailable to this day, such as the genetic aging treatments,  the flying cars, and dehydrated pizza, some things ARE actually available. Fingerprint-based security systems, projection TVs, and controller-less video games, of course are on that list. But what may be most surprising are the fact that power lacing shoes and the hoverboard are a reality as well. Yes, you read that right: MATTEL IS FINALLY MAKING THE BACK TO THE FUTURE HOVERBOARD. Much like last year’s powerlacing shoes from Nike, it seems that these are going to be a limited supply of prototypes that were highly influenced by pressure from fans. According to a press release put out by Mattel, the hoverboards should mostly be able to glide (rather than hover) along the ground. There’s even a quick reminder that they don’t work over water.

Elijah Wood had Kinect way before it was cool

Mattel has also mentioned in their press statement that they are looking for a minimum number of order before they even start production. Lemme tell you what that means – it means that if people order these, then they’re going to have an R&D team working on this day & night to have fully operational hoverboards by 2015…just like Nike promised to with their powerlacing shoes offer. Good times are coming, Back to the Future fans. Good times are coming, indeed.


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