A Jumpable 'Back to the Future II'-Style Hoverboardv
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.
Michael J. Fox's 'Back to the Future II' Shoesv
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 Balloonsv
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 Cyclev
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 Real War Machine Suit from 'Iron Man 2'v
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 Batmobilev
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.
A Real 'Star Wars' Lightsaber (Kind of)
Most self-respecting Star Wars fans own lightsabers. You know, the kind you can purchase in the Wal-Mart toys section and whatnot. They light up, the make the cool "whoosh" noise and they let you pretend for a little while. Good, harmless fun.
Not this lightsaber. This one can actually set people on fire (it has a 1 watt laser beam, the real deal). The WickedLasers Spyder III Pro Arctic Laser is a bargain at $200, compared to some of these other real-life movie props. But it's not for the kiddos. In fact, I'm not quite sure what it's for...trimming trees? No, it would set them ablaze. Then you'd be in big trouble. Welding projects, maybe?
Never mind. It's amazing. And it's powerful, dangerous and all that jazz. And I want one.
'The Abyss' Water Suitv
Remember that experimental scuba suit that Ed Harris' character wore in the 1989 sci-fi thriller The Abyss? The one that helped him save everyone by disarming a bomb in impossibly deep waters? The one where he basically breathed water?! Here's another example of a real-life movie prop that sounds amazing:
An inventor has created what he claims is a special scuba suit (much like the one in 'The Abyss') that will allow divers to work longer at incredible depths.
The suit uses something called perfluorocarbons, or PFCs. Divers breathe in the PFCs and get enough oxygen without getting the potentially deadly buildup of nitrogen in their blood. The PFC, basically liquid air, helps to break down any dangerous gasses in the body. So you can, you know, go rescue scores of fellow endangered divers in an abyss.
A Real, Responsive 'Wall-E' Robot
What if Wall-E was a real robot? I'd adopt him so fast it would make his sweet little head spin, and spin, and spin. Not that I have a ton of trash that needs picking up - but wow, what a friend he would be! "But Wall-E isn't real," you say. "He's a fictional robot created by the geniuses at Pixar."
I disagree. Wall-E is totally real. Need proof? He's working for the San Mateo County Bomb Squad. In 2005, the good folks at Pixar were looking for a model robot they could use to enhance Wall-E on the big screen. The San Mateo Sheriff's Office had just the thing: the Mini-Andros, a 12-year-old robot that was actually slated for the scrap heap. Pixar used the Mini-Andros, studying its movements and recreating them in 2008's masterpiece, Wall-E.
Real. Told you! Sadly, the San Mateo County Bomb Squad planned to replace their now famous robot with a newer model at some point, one that was more (as they say), "athletic."
'Star Wars' R2-D2 Robots/Gadgetsv
Everyone's favorite, resourceful droid, Star Wars R2-D2, is a fictional character, sure. Really, we know that. Star Wars isn't real (say it again with me three times). If you want to see the real R2-D2, you can visit the Smithsonian or a 'Star Wars' traveling exhibit, OR:
You can purchase a handy-dandy R2-D2 DVD projector! Not convinced it's a must-have, yet? What if I told you it comes with a Millennium Falcon remote?!
You can also get your very own spying R2-D2. Yes, you can get a little R2 that has a wireless webcam (complete with Skype) that you control wirelessly using your computer.
Spy on the nanny in true Jedi style!
A Modded 'Back to the Future' Delorean
Okay, so you can't afford the jet turbo Batmobile. Most of us can't, but we can dream, can't we? Keep your eyes on eBay, because you just never know what will pop up. In December of 2009, a PERFECT, exact replica of the Back to the Future Delorean went up for auction on eBay. And people lost their minds. Understandable.
Compared to the $700k Batmobile, the Back to the Future Delorean was a bargain - a 'mere' $70,000. This was no regular Delorean (well, none were exactly regular) - this car was equipped with all the gadgets from the movie, including programmable time circuits, complete with switches and yes, a working flux capacitor - making it a "real" Delorean Time Machine!
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