Michael J. Fox's 'Back to the Future II' Shoes
Remember Marty McFly's futuristic shoes with the power laces? You know, the sneakers that Michael J. Fox wore in 1989's Back to the Future II? They've time traveled, in the form of the Nike Air MAG, a new shoe that bears a strong resemblance to Marty's magic shoes. Sadly, at this point, no word on a hoverboard to go with the shoes...or a shiny plastic rainbow hat. As for the power laces, they aren't available yet - but 2015 is just around the corner!
Michael J. Fox appeared on David Letterman's show on September 8, 2011, to promote the special Back to the Future Air Mag. 1500 pairs were auctioned on eBay, with proceeds going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Awesome!
The 'Up' House, Lifted by Balloons
In March of 2010, a group of engineers and scientists created a real-life house from the Pixar movie Up. You know, the one with all the balloons that kept it in the air? Yes, that one.
This flying yellow house was suspended by a cluster of 300 balloons (each balloon was 8 feet tall and each used a whole tank of helium).
Did it work? Yes! Amazingly, the yellow house successfully soared over the California desert at an altitude of 10,000 feet for about an hour!
As Carl Frederickson would say, "So long, boys!"
A Real Life 'Tron' Light Cycle
As long as we're throwing around money, let's keep going. If you're a 'Tron' fan, you'll love this one: In December of 2010, Parker Brothers Choppers debuted a street-legal Tron Light Cycle machine. This $55,000 Light Cycle, sadly, does not come with it's own Olivia Wilde, but really - how cool would it be to zip around the neighborhood on this thing whenever you wanted?
A Jumpable 'Back to the Future II'-Style Hoverboard
In the futuristic 2015 that Marty McFly and the Doc visit in Back to the Future II, any kid with a little allowance could whoosh around town on a hoverboard, whether it was the pink Mattel model McFly snagged off a little girl or the beefed up hovermonsters used by criminals.
For years, children openly pined for hoverboards of their own and adults secretly hoped for the same. Their dreams are now a reality. Plenty of smaller firms have created experimental 'boards. Lexus and German engineering firm Evico have developed the Slide, an actual hoverboard that floats on air an inch or two above the ground.
The Slide works via magnetic levitation technology, combining superconductors cooled by liquid nitrogen with superconductors to defy gravity on a very small scale. Don't crack open your piggy bank just yet, however, because the Slide isn't for sale and won't be any time soon. Still, it's a hoverboard that works and that counts.
A Real War Machine Suit from 'Iron Man 2'
Lots of people have worn Iron Man costumes over the years, but one man took the idea to a whole new level, by creating an actual Iron Man suit, complete with a motorized faceplate and dent-proof armor!
In 2010, fitness consultant Anthony Le created the impressive-looking Iron Man suit using urethane plates for armor. Wait, who? A fitness consultant?! Proof positive that any of us are capable of creating our own, awesome, real-life movie props! Le's suit even has a mock Gatling machine gun mounted on the back.
It took Le about a month to put the suit together, at a cost of around $4,000. Dream big, people, dream BIG!
A Real Batmobile
Ever wish you could have your very own Batmobile? You aren't alone. Really, it's the most badass superhero car around: sleek, powerful and, let's face it, totally sexy. Depending on the balance in your checkbook at the moment, you might be able to own one. A real one.
In July of 2011, Putsch Racing Designs unveiled what it claims is the first-ever jet turbine-powered Batmobile. This thing is powered by a Boeing turbo shaft engine. The 385-horsepower Batmobile runs on jet fuel (or diesel, in case you don't have an airport nearby). Oh, and it sounds like a plane taking off when you start it up. And it uses an iPad to help you with navigation. Like I said, totally bada**.
Get ready to shell out some mega-bucks if you want this Batmobile: It's for sale on eBay for $620,000.
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