As much as we were geeked out by the arrival of the hoverboard in 1989’s Back to the Future II, it (alas) wasn’t to be. Only the magic of the movies could create such a wonderful thing.
Now that we’re on the subject, though, did you ever stop to think about the technology of such an awesome gadget? Seriously, how did this thing work? Mini jet fueled rockets attached to the back? Some sort of magnetic field? An outlandish equation involving gravity and opposing forces? Inquiring minds want to know!
Eh, it doesn’t matter. It’s not like we were gonna build one. All we cared about was the possibility.
And then a little while after the movie hit theaters, the rumor started spreading that Mattel was actually puttting them into production.
So, wait… they’ll be here in time for Christmas?
Yeah, no. Turns out it was BTTF director Bob Zemeckis himself that started the rumor. Bastard.
In all honesty, Bob… if you hadn’t given us one of the most awesome trilogies of all time, we might be giving you a bit of the stink eye right about now. But we were the ones dumb enough to believe a skateboard could float on air, so… bygones.
We ♥ the hoverboard.