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The Mattel hoverboard doesn't actually hover as it's only a 1:1 replica of the movie version but that's okay! It's still a must have piece for any BTTF fan. The ad for the BTTF hoverboard at Toy Fair claims its "movie accurate" (there's a hole where Marty ripped off the pole) and can "glide over most surfaces" (though it doesn't work on water, heh). I've previously held out on buying unofficial hoverboard replicas because I was waiting for Mattel to come out with an official version. Now that it's finally here, I'm beyond excited.
This is the Back To The Future levitating hoverboard desktop toy ($40). It floats on a series of rare earth magnets and will hover back and forth after given a push. Sadly, it is probably the closest many of us will ever come to getting to play with a real hoverboard. Even sadder, some of us won't even get to play with one of these because $40 is $40 and lunch and dinner don't buy themselves no matter how many times you insist you're a crooked food critic who's willing to exchange a favorable review for free appetizers.
Another hoverboard toy exploded and caught fire in Louisiana. A Prairieville family said one of the battery-powered, skateboard-like devices caught fire while it was charging in their living room, television.