Mattel’s Back to the Future™ Hoverboard Prop Replica on Sale 12/3!
November 22, 2012

Before heading out to their holiday break Mattel posted the following news over on


Back to the Future™ Fans,

If you missed your chance to pre-order, we can’t send you back in time… but your future is looking good! We’ll have a small amount of Hoverboard prop replicas available for sale on Monday, December 3rd at 9:00 a.m. PT (12 noon ET). These Hoverboards will be priced at $130 each, and will not include the exclusive mini-Hoverboard offered with the pre-orders. Make sure you transport yourself to bright and early because we expect this limited quantity of Hoverboards to fly outta here!

Developed in conjunction with the original films’ special effects supervisor, Michael Lantieri, prop maker/special effects expert, Mary Anne Lantieri, and the co-producer and co-writer of the trilogy, Bob Gale, and fully sanctioned by Universal Studios, this is a 1:1 scale model (measures approximately 28″ x 8″ x 3″). Our Hoverboard is based on the best features of the more than 30 slight variations of Hoverboard props used in the classic film series, and includes authentic “whooshing” sounds sampled directly from the films and a deco featuring Mattel logos just like in the films. And although full hovering technology isn’t expected until 2015, be assured your Hoverboard will gently glide over most level surfaces (it will not, however, work on water).

A special note for you smart time-travelers who did pre-order: your Hoverboards are gliding toward our warehouse right now and are expected to be on their way to you around December 1st, along with your exclusive mini-Hoverboard! Watch for an email with all the details advising you that your card is going to be charged.

Remember, the future is what you make of it, so if you’d like the chance to get a Hoverboard, mark your calendar for Monday, December 3rd, 2012, at 9 a.m. PT (12 noon ET). And if you want an email reminder sent right to your inbox, click here to register.


(Can’t get enough info about the Hoverboard prop replica? Check out the latest video featuring a visit from BTTF co-writer/producer Bob Gale to the Mattel studios! Click to watch.)

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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