I’m not personally losing my mind for Mattel’s Back to the Future II Hoverboard prop replica, but not because of my many, many issues with Mattel’s handling of my beloved Masters of the Universe figures, or the nightmare that is MattyCollector.com. Call me when they make a hoverboard that actually hovers, because until then, to me this is just an ugly pink skateboard without wheels. But again, since so many of you are excited about this thing, and I don’t begrudge it of you, here’s a 10-minute informercial about the making of the hoverboard prop and what it’ll do and maybe some other stuff (I don’t know for sure; I got bored about two minutes in). And don’t forget you can pre-order your hoverboard right here for $120. (Via /Film)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.