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Mattel to produce 'real' hoverboard by Christmas

Mattel to produce 'real' hoverboard by Christmas

By | Posted - Feb. 13, 2012 at 11:20 a.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The 109th American Toy Fair started Sunday with a futuristic surprise for fans of the Back to the Future film franchise: the replica hoverboard for which they have waited 23 years.

The board, made famous by its appearance in 1989's Back to the Future Part II, does not actually hover, Mattel noted — perhaps that feature will come along in 2015. It does, however, "glide over most surfaces," and includes "whooshing sounds."

The price of the hoverboard will not be released by the company until late February, but will be a high-cost item. Mattell said in a release the item will not be produced if the company does not receive a minimum amount of orders.

Pre-orders will be accepted March 1 through March 20 at Matty Collector, Mattel's adult collector branch, and will be shipped "around November/December 2012."

Click here to see Toy Ark's photo of Mattel's display.

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