Ah, the famous Hoverboard Chase scene in Back to the Future Part II. Well, it took a while, but Mattel is making the famous hoverboard that Marty McFly used to hover around Hill Valley in 2015. You can pre-order yours at MattyCollector.com, until 20 March.
Mattel showed a prototype of the board at New York Toy Fair last month. Since then there has been lost of buzz. This is a unique situation where everyone knows what we are doing. Most of the time, the industry is very secretive regarding projects in progress. The hoverboard is essentially 'out', everyone has seen it, and there are countless replica prop builders out there that have made their own boards.
I am proud to be a part of the team that is making this happen. I serve as 'technical adviser' on the project. There is a huge team of about ten people on this one project including design, engineering, electronics, sound design, package design, legal, licensing, marketing, etc.
On 8 March, we had a meeting with Back to the Future Writer/Producer Bob Gale, Special Effects Supervisor Michael Lantieri, and assistant to Mr. Gale Mary Anne Lantieri (also Michael's wife). I spent the better part of the day hanging out them. The meeting was documented by Beyond the Marquee, and there will be a video of it soon, possibly next week.
You can see more pictures from the meeting at the MattyCollector Facebook page. Unfortunately, I have the skill of sitting in places where I am either not in facing the camera, or totally out of focus. I assure I was there. Here are some pictures I took during Bob Gale's visit to Mattel.
|Close up of one of the screen used hoverboards
|Some dork with the board
|Michael Lantieri and Bob Gale
|Bob Gale with Mary Anne Lantieri
On the table, a little piece of the Pit Bull, Mattel's Toy Fair prototype, screen used wood board, screen used foam board. You can see wired feet holding up the foam board creating the 'floating' effect. In front of Bob, you can see my San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Back to the Future Time Machine box. Yeah, that is pretty awesome.
|Presenting original concept are for hoverboards
|Working with Dave Strom, getting the measurements correct
I showed them my messy cubical. Bob Gale was in my cubical, that makes it a historical landmark! Bob noticed that I had a box of DeLorean sign sheets, I gave them a small stack and they had me sign it. I personalized Bob's with, "You other friend in time." Here I am waiting to get my stuff signed and Bob, Michael, and Mary Anne asked me to sign something for them.
|Bob signing stuff...on my car
|Signing my car
Needless to say that it was an unforgettable day for me.