Category: Comic Con 2012

Back to the Future Hover Board

Great Scott! Mattel moves one step closer to making the infamous “Back to the Future” hover board. Well, they at least made an awesome prop replica.

Mattel had their hover board at Comic Con this year with a small demo by a pitch girl complete with an 80’s inspired futuristic outfit. The board is an excellent iconic prop for any collector, with functioning sound effects and motion sensor technology. It is a 1×1 scale replica to the board used in the movie. It features a swiveling back foot hook and loop fabric binding, and has no On/Off switch to add to the futuristic effect. Instead it senses when it is tilted vertically for carrying or horizontally for use, just like in the movie when Marty first takes it and tosses it on the ground.

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Mattel has said that they will not only sell the pink version from the film, but also a green model for the more masculine geek that doesn’t want a hot pink item floating around the house (no pun intended). Their reasoning for the green hover board is “just because we saw a pink hover board in the movie, doesn’t mean they didn’t have other models or colors”, which makes sense.

Keep in mind what you are buying is an excellent prop replica. By no means is it an actual functioning hover board. Apparently a select few at Comic Con were expecting the board to have the ability to be ridden. The board is loaded with technology from the past decade, but unfortunately it does lack the whole hovering aspect.

Fortunately, it is only 2012, and according to the movie, we have 3 more years until the hover board is supposed to exist.

 Back to the Future Hover Board

More information on Mattel’s Hover Board prop replica can be found on MattyCollector.com

The Nerd Machine’s Nerd HQ

Nerd HQ – the biggest nerd party at Comic Con! Nerd HQ has everything every geek needs: guest panels, an abundance of gaming stations, nonstop big screen showings of the awesome ‘Trailer Park Heroes’, and copious amounts of alcohol.

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Nerd Merch!

If you haven’t seen ‘Trailer Park Heroes’ yet, stop what you’re doing, and head to TheNerdMachine.com’s video section and prepare for awesomeness. The three part short is about a lowly trailer park that gets overrun by cosplayers running amok. There are four residents that defend their home from the oncoming attack in the best way possible, lots and lots of guns. It features the talents of Zachary Levi, Adam Baldwin, Joel David Moore, Aly Michalka, Nathan Fillion, and Alan Tudyk. It provides for a great escape from all that strenuous cubicle warfare.

Along with the showings, there’s an abundance of gaming stations courtesy of Xbox 360 and Visio. Featuring games like Assassins Creed, Tomb Raider, and Gears of War Judgment. Kind of ironic, stop playing video games to go to a bar, then ending up playing video games for hours at said bar.

Even with all the magnificent epicfication Nerd HQ had to offer, the best part of this extravaganza was the panels. Unfortunately I missed the first half of the day due to complications at Wired Café (open bar) but the last couple of panels I was lucky enough to catch were hilarious. The first I saw was a Q&A with Nathan Fillion. It started out one on one, until Adam Baldwin apparently got bored in the green room and crashed Nathan’s panel. The two of them unleashed the best combination of geek and man talk on the face of the planet. They talked about everything from their favorite moments on ‘Firefly’ to Nathan Fillion’s self-proclaimed strikingly good looks.

The last panel I caught was the mystery panel from anyone Zachary Levi could round up, which turned out to be himself, Summer Glau, Scott Wolf, Jason Ritter, and Levi also managed to stop Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion from running out the door to their next gig. From there it was an onslaught of random questions ranging from the classic what would you do in the case of a zombie apocalypse, to Summer Glau getting asked out, from which Zachary Levi saved her from an awkward rejection speech simply by moving on.

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Nathan Fillion Q&A…featuring Adam Baldwin

To top it all off, the panel got on the subject of Captain Awesome, and Adam Baldwin wandered off without saying a word leaving everyone incredibly confused. Zachary Levi asked one of the coordinators if it was Baldwin’s time to leave, because everyone thought he just left. About 15 seconds later he emerged from the green room with a statue of Captain Awesome’s head from the ‘Chuck’ episode “Chuck Versus the Coup d’Etat”. The mystery panel was an awesome event of randomness.

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Baldwin Makes His Presence Known

Since the first year of Nerd HQ Levi has built up ‘The Nerd Machine’ to this glorious foundation of events, reviews, videos, and excellent charity work, in which the profits from the panels, dubbed “Conversations for a Cause”, went to “Operation Smile”. According to the Operation Smile website, Levi has raised enough money for over 145 cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries. Awesome job dude!

Nerd HQ is a must for all geeks and nerds alike. Being a fan of both “Firefly” and “Chuck” made this experience at Comic Con one of the most memorable. Seeing actors from both shows having a great time with fans is definitely a memory I’m never going to forget, and I already can’t wait to see what ‘The Nerd Machine’ has in store for next year.

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Ryan McPartlin Aka Captain Awesome’s Cameo Appearance