Marty McFly wannabes, your hoverboard awaits

Mattel announces that it will finally release a 1:1 replica of the "Back to the Future" hoverboard. Unfortunately, it does not glide on water.

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The year 2015 will be here before we know it, and we're still a long way from flying cars, skyways, and auto-drying jackets as imagined by "Back to the Future II." It's depressing, but there is one futuristic piece of tech from the movie that will be available soon: hoverboards.

Mattel announced at Toy Fair 2012 in New York that it will finally release a 1:1 replica of the hoverboard from "Back to the Future II" and "Back to the Future III," and it's set to arrive just in time for the holidays.

The "movie accurate" replica includes such details as a hole at the front of the deck where Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, ripped out the handlebar and pole and features the same neon-rrific coloring. According to Mattel's press release, it also makes multiple whooshing noises and "glides" over most surfaces. The company didn't provide much detail on how it glides, but one thing's for sure: It does not work on water. Dangit!

Mattel is taking preorders for the hoverboard from March 1 through March 20, with an expected ship date of November or December 2012. That is, if there's enough interest. (Oh, silly Mattel. Do you know how long we have been waiting for this?)

Mattel noted that because the hoverboard is such a "high-cost item," a minimum number of orders will be required to go into production. If the company don't reach a certain number, those who preordered one will not be charged, but dreams of a real-life hoverboard will go down the drain.

Pricing information will be revealed later this month, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say it won't be cheap. Still, how awesome would it be to glide through the neighborhood, rocking your Nike Mags ?

(Via Slashfilm)

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Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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