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BACK TO THE FUTURE Co-Writer/Producer Bob Gale On Those Hoverboard Replicas Mattel Is Making!!

Merrick here...

A month or so we learned of Mattel's plan to release screen-accurate, electronic replicas of the company's iconic Hoverboards - as seen in BACK TO THE FUTUREs II and III (details HERE).  

A few weeks ago, the folks over at Beyond the Marquee posted a video covering the painstaking research and processes Mattel is bringing to bear to make this Hoverboard replica as accurate as possible (you can find said video HERE).

Now, the folks at Beyond the Marquee have a new video, this one centering on BTTF producer/co-writer Bob Gale's recent journey to Mattel.  Seems he took in some actual Hoverboard props in for reference and measurement, and got a look at the replica as a work-in-progress.   BTTF effects supervisor Michael Lantieri also appears to discuss Mattel's undertaking.  

Pre-orders for the Hoverboards will end in a few days, but you can still book yours HERE.  

Here's the new video...




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  • March 17, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Not first

    by rpalompo

    Gotta get back in time.

  • March 17, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    BTTF reboot? Or something!

    by rpalompo

    Someone has to do something that has to do w/ time travel and make it fun again.

  • March 17, 2012, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Awesome! Great Video! Nice Job! Bob Gale is Great!

    by ElectricDreams

    Nice to see people keeping the spirit of one of the greatest film trilogies alive. Whether it's the Mattel company or Beyond the Marquee and their web-series, just so refreshing to see Back to the Future mentioned and kept alive.

  • March 17, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    When talking to Crispin Glover.....

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    he said that Bob Gale is a greedy liar. Gale went on record saying that Glover was demanding insane amounts of money to return to BTTF2. Crispin told me that Gale put such a low amount of money for him to return because of them not getting along on the first film, and that Gale and Zemeckis were more concerned about how much cash they would make with product placements, and Glover called them out on it. So Gale and Zemeckis behind Crispin's back, used the face cast used to make the old George Mcfly in the first film, had already planned for another actor to come in wearing Crispin's face. They didn't want to deal with Crispin bitching about all of the corporate sponsors in the 2nd film, so they low-balled him so he wouldn't sign onto the film. That is shitty business if you ask me. So I don't respect Gale at all.

  • March 17, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    No Fly... No Buy

    by bodian26

    Now, where are the power laces? :)

  • In fact, I remember Gale lamenting not having Glover for BTTF II, and complimenting how good he was in the first film's DVD commentary track. Glover worked with Zemeckis again in BEOWULF, so he couldn't have been that sore at that Bob, anyway.

  • March 18, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Wonder if...

    by KHjLL

    The world started developing magnetism like the ASIAN trains and collercoasters and started pouring and building road with magnets in them so cars could have wheels and a magnet system under them so they could hover and steer moving them up and down.

  • March 18, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST


    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Crispin said that he and Zemeckis were good because he apologized right after it all went down, and wished it would have been dealt with properly. Gale was saying lies about Glover during the whole Blu-ray release interviews. Crispin said also that Gale got really angry at him during the first film because Crispin told him that the end of the movie didn't have to show Marty that having money and a new truck was what would bring him happiness. Crispin said the ending should of been George receiving a letter saying that his book was going to be published, and having the wife not being a alcoholic would of been a more honest ending, and that Marty would have been equally as happy to see his dad and mom in a better state. Gale snapped at him saying that money is the root of all happiness.

  • Gale could have bumped him out of the sequels by offering a scale-level salary. It may have been more than money issues, like script revisions and such, as you mention. I do want to verify that Gale *twice the amount* DVD quote though - I'll try and get to it later.

  • March 18, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Gale interpreted the truck correctly.

    by MCVamp

    Because kids were probably more concerned that Marty ended up getting the truck so he could make like a tree and get all up in Jennifer Parker's guts the following weekend. Dad shedding his loser skin and mom off the sauce was less of a powerful turning point then "duh, this is the life they shoulda lived!" because that was the type of movie BTTF was from the second least the second MJF replaced Stoltz. If the story is correct, Glover had the right idea, but was working on the wrong movie to try it. BTTF wasn't SOMEWHERE IN TIME; by the people involved alone, it should have been easy to determine that it was a movie out for a buck. I think Glover was just getting an early taste of how much power 4th billing gets you in a summer blockbuster vs, y'know, a producer who is in Steven Spielberg's back pocket.

  • March 18, 2012, 12:27 a.m. CST

    BTTF as a trilogy is a big pile of shit

    by disfigurehead

    BTTF as a movie as ok. Not the greatest thing in the world.

  • March 18, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST

    The Beyond the Marquee Host reminds me of Owen Wilson

    by ElectricDreams

    I cant quite place it, but if I close my eyes I feel like I'm listening to Lightning McQueen interview Bob Gale is it just me?

  • March 18, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Unless it really does hover, who gives a shit?

    by Punisherthunder

  • March 18, 2012, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Ali G was there first...

    by JWBlack67

  • March 18, 2012, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Why is that old nerd selling a skateboard with no wheels?

    by ajit maholtra

    Its so stupid.

  • March 18, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    @Disfigurehead.... Eat shit and DIE!!!

    by Broken_Bad

  • At least those comments are at the three-minute mark of the BTTF II DVD commentary track #1 (the live audience interview track). I checked the #2 commentary track at the faux George McFly scene, and there's no mention by Gale of wages; just writing Glover out. The remarks in the *live* commentary #1 were probably what Glover was referring to, and *twice the amount* isn't accurate. Maybe that's in some other DVD supplement, but likely not. There's also a bit at the end of BTTF (I) where Gale mentions Glover having had big issues about his *successful* look, which fits with your comments about Glover not wanting Marty *having money and a new truck*. The thing with the new truck is that it's a reversal on Biff having wrecked Marty's wheels in the opening of BTTF, and Biff washing Marty's brand new truck shows the subjugation of Biff under Marty, BTTF is Marty's story, then Marty and Doc Brown's story, then the George & Lorraine story/dilemma. The wrecked car-now-truck story element isn't just materialism. There were probably issues between Glover and Gale from BBTF I that made Glover's write-out from BTTF II not a big deal (at least for Gale). He did compliment Glover's performance, so I don't think it's bad blood on Gale's part. Glover eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, so I'm more surprised that he remains cranky. Especially since a lot of people view BTTF II as something of a misfire. I like it a lot, myself.

  • March 18, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    I wonder how they would have used George McFly

    by john

    in the sequels had Glover been involved? I guess the irish Shamish(BTTF3)woulda been played by Glover. Woulda made much more sense.

  • March 18, 2012, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Wish they'd rerelease ghostbusters props

    by Axl Z

    The pke meter and trap are amazing.. Would be interested in this but is kind functionless to be honest..

  • Which is fine I guess. But I would like him to do something new.

  • March 18, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST

    There is

    by John Baker

    some interesting stuff in this interview with Jeffrey Weissman about replacing Crispin Glover.

  • March 18, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Wow, in an economy like this?

    by SadTruth

    A Barbie deck with no trucks or wheels. I'll admit, I always cringe at basically all the Sideshow plastic and placrete garbage that clearly mentally ill adults seem to buy, but this takes the cake. I could look at a light saber replica in a case for a couple minutes, a T-800 skull too, but this? I mean really? Look, if you think this, or any of that other crap is worth buying and you are over the age of 12, you need to get serious psychological help. I mean, like, RUN to your nearest mental health professional. Take a leave of absence if you actually have a job, and fucking fix yourself.

  • March 18, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Ah, so that's why George was upside down in BTTF2

    by Mugato5150

    So it wouldn't be as obvious that it was a different actor. Oh and the hoverboard thing is fucking stupid. It's a comedy movie. No one actually expected us to have any of that shit. Who wants flying cars anyway? People can't drive in two dimensions.

  • The third one is probably my least favorite but even it is still a fun and charming movie. The first 2 are great though

  • March 18, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    love Glover

    by omarthesnake

    but from his erratic behavior over the years, I'm not going to fault anyone who decides they don't want to work with the dude.

  • March 18, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I just finished lifting some weights

    by Pipple

    My arms are getting somewhat bigger in preparation for the avengers movie coming out. And I don't even care about this shitty toy.

  • March 18, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Griff's Pitbull hoverboard and miniature Plutonium case...

    by ryderdvs

    sitting on the conference table as well. These will go well with my DeLorean Time Machine replica.

  • March 18, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    BTTF incredible classic. BTTF2 worthy sequel. BTTF3 ENOUGH ALREADY

    by Autodidact

    I'm still bored from when I watched BTTF3 on VHS at the end of 1990.

  • March 18, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    BTTF is horrifying if you think about it

    by Autodidact

    I can't remember where I heard this interpretation... it's not really my own. It came up when the Eric Stoltz footage was released around the time of the blu-rays. If you think about it BTTF is a horrifying story of "original" Marty losing everything he cared about and then being snuffed from existence.

  • March 18, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Back to the Future went against its own logic in Part 2

    by SifoDyasJr

    In the first one, when Doc sent the dog, Einstein, forward a minute, he said clearly that he 'skipped over' that minute. By that logic, when Marty & girlfriend went forward 30 years, they should have also 'skipped over' those 30 years--been missing--not come across their future loser selves. Sure, then there wouldn't have been a movie, but don't establish a standard in one and then completely ignore it in the others. Entertaining movies, but the line Doc says at the end of Part 3 about 'making your own future' pretty much rendered them all moot didn't it?

  • Doc sends Einstein one minute into the future but Einstein doesn't return from his destination point. When Marty time travels he always returns to the departure point after some adventures. That's the Marty that grows up and meets time-travelling young Marty in the future.

  • And even stranger is that the family 30 years later keeps him around as their goofy mechanic and say things like 'oh that crazy Biff, always up to something' Jeez McFly! He tried to rape your wife!!!

  • March 18, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Yeah but Lorraine made out with her own son...


    She's clearly into freaky shit, maybe she likes rape?

  • March 18, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    "Hi, I'm Bob Gale from Back to the Future".... Umm.. Wtf?

    by Tank Williams

    He may want to re-think how he words things. Sounds as IF he was in the movie. That being said, he still an awesome dude.

  • March 18, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by Tank Williams


  • March 18, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Why wouldn't Mattel embed some magnets to make it hover?

    by Odkin

    4 magnets in the board, a matching base with 4 paired magents, and presto "levitation" for display purposes. WTF is wrong with the people that they they anyone wants a useless pink plastic slab that doesn't do shit and looks like a girls' toy?

  • Have a runway with magnets with the board having magnets which makes it a hoverboard. You hover, you glide, you hit the end, and then you die.

  • March 18, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Yea it's harsh but..

    by SadTruth

    It's true. It's just so fucking pathetic that our society has bred and is fully tolerant of these types. Not geeks, not nerds, but mentally ill and intellectually stunted man-children who will, as a rule, be a drain upon our society. I'm not against maintaining a somewhat youthful and even childlike outlook on life, I think it's healthy. But all things in moderation, and this type of behavior is way off the reservation of moderation. Again, if any of this Sideshow schmata causes you to spend your money, RUN to the nearest mental health professional before it's too late.

  • March 18, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Sorry, that is if you are over the age of 12

    by SadTruth

    If not, enjoy, and ignore the grumpy old grup.

  • March 18, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    What's the view like from up there on your high horse sadtruth?


    Personally, I don't really care what pointless shit people choose to spend their own money on, my girlfriend seems to buy a new pair of shoes every week, I don't understand it but if it makes her happy then who am I to judge?

  • March 18, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    If you have no debt and are set, then fine

    by SadTruth

    OK, I'll go so far as to agree with Kevin under one condition, you have no debt and a regular paying job or a safe amount of assets which are protected from being exhausted on stupid crap. Oh, also if this crap cost the $5 it should, because let's face it, none of this shit is "collectible" unless you're insane or a hoarder, and it's utterly worthless. So if your GF isn't racking up the credit card and practicing pay as you go, good for her. Somehow I don't think that's the case, though...

  • March 18, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Crispin Glover came to my town in the '90s

    by Chief Joseph

    Someone asked him about why he wasn't in the sequels and he said something about "having done everything he wanted to with the character".

  • March 18, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Kid from 2015 goes back to 1985

    by Chief Joseph

    or conversely, kid from 1985 comes to the real 2015 and is learns about internet porn and the lack of flying cars and hoverboards. There's your sequel/reboot, Universal. You're welcome!

  • March 18, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    I had the same idea chief joseph

    by Rebel Scumb

    there is an interesting remake potential there. though I doubt it would turn out well just given hollywood history with remakes, but at least it has an interesting reason to be remade now

  • It could show 55, 85, 2015, and maybe also 2045 where there's like a robot McFly or something.

  • March 18, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Sad, yes. Truth, thankfully, no, it's just your opinion. <p> How people choose to spend their hard earned money and what they do in the privacy of their own homes has ZERO negative affect on the world at large. Hate like yours being spewed forth onto the masses for no particular reason, on the other hand, is damaging. I wonder, truly, how many people you know would be spending their money on items you feel makes them "mentally ill" if you were able to itemize all their purchases. Seriously dude, relax. It's just a toy, or a collectable. Either way, it's sure as hell not hurting anyone.

  • March 18, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    So it took all this time to get hoverboards that dont work?

    by Mrhazard

    I'm confused.

  • Son from 2015 goes to 1985 and interferes with his dad conceiving with his mother. Sequel has him going to the future in 2045. Third and final in trilogy has him going to 1915.

  • March 18, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    xen11: It's called Futurama, and Fry banged his grandma

    by MCVamp saved the universe!

  • March 18, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    It's the same thing with the Air Mags tho

    by nieman

    People were paying $10K+ for a pair of sneakers..replicas...and that didn't receive the outrage. If you want to buy something, buy it...who am I to judge?

  • March 18, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    bieber as marty mcfly in reboot

    by Orion

    Make it happen Gale. You need a new wardrobe.

  • March 18, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Eff this overpriced, non-hovering hoverboard

    by mdk

  • March 18, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Star Wars geeks spend loads of cash collecting those Force FX Lightsabers...


    Of course they're not actually REAL lightsabers but they don't care, those guys are massive fans and just want to own movie quality replicas of their beloved franchise. Well, there are loads of people out there who are just as fanatical about Back to the future... and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Star Trek, and Planet of the Apes, and Bladerunner and probably a million other movies. To us this might just look like a silly pink piece of plastic that doesn't actually hover but to the fanatics and collectors it's a wonderful piece of pop culture that brings them closer to their obsession. Oh, and as for it being over priced, it's worth whatever people are willing to pay for it. Mattel have done their market research and the demand is obviously out there.

  • March 18, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST

    What about the fact that there's supposed to be a handle.

    by paper

    You know, like the one Marty rips off when he steals it from the little girl? I mean the replica has the hole in it, so it seems they didn't completely disregard it. Seems like they aren't doing the whole enchilada.

  • March 18, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Yeah but does it go over water?

    by Mel

  • March 18, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST


    by nieman

    Not unless you have power. They can keep the hoverboard. I want a Pitbull

  • March 19, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Instead of a fake, non-flying hoverboard, how about:

    by theDORK

    the automatic dog-walking leash from Part II? That has much more potential, in my mind. Gettin' to walk the dog by remote control/auto-leash while you sit at home. But, I suppose the "fake replica" would be a leash with a control unit that doesn't work. Still, if people will buy a piece of pink plastic that doesn't fly, they'd buy the leash too...right?

  • March 19, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    any gale fans not seen "interstate 60" yet?

    by Li75

    as its one of my fave movies.. pity it seems to few people have seen it.

  • March 19, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST

    dumbest thing ive ever watched

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    And I saw Highlander 2 in the theater.

  • Why not?

  • March 19, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    make that Mattel, not Matte

    by theDORK

  • March 19, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Got some reading for comprehension fails here

    by SadTruth

    Amazing, how people will actually read words and sentences, and then their brain will instantly delete certain sections and concepts without any pause. Certainly without any shame. So let's review: Plastic toys for adults that cost a pretty penny. Check Plastic toys for adults that don't actually do anything, and would easily be mistaken as a child's toy by rational and mature adults. Check Adults spending money they don't have (credit card, dummy) on said schmata. Check Representative of the number 1 problem our society is currently facing and will most likely fall because of. Check Recommend said individuals seek mental help before they end up in hock up to their ears, and only have useless and worthless schmata on their walls and mantels. Check Any questions? If so, don't waste your time on me here, go get that mental help I mentioned.

  • March 19, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    You're right sadtruth, let's just spend our money on bread and water...


    Sell all of your material possessions and leave behind childish trivialities such as film. Jesus, it's as if the very thought of someone buying something they want repulses you to your very core. You're almost militant in the way you despise these people. If you think these replica hoverboards are a waste of money then fine, no one is forcing you to buy one but going on and on about how anyone who does buy one is mentally retarded and a drain on the economy makes you look really weird.

  • March 19, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Oh yes, the PAINSTAKING JOURNEY of painting it like in the fucking movie

    by Jaster Mareel

    Oh how fucking laborious that must have been. All that fucking freeze-framing, not to mention the fucking production art they actually had to pull out of a fucking folder. Puh-lease. And by the wayMattel, you're replicating the pink little girl version you fucking idiots!

  • March 19, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    anyone remember that making-of doc where zemekis said they were real..

    by FleshMachine

    but parents groups caused an uproar and they didnt get released but they got there hands on a couple for the movie. well i remember the dumb jocks in my class (circa what..88-89? grade 9 or 10 i guess) thought that was true...gullible morons.