When I was ten-years-old on one lazy Saturday afternoon, I remember watching an ABC special hosted by Michael J. Fox about the then-upcoming theatrical release of Back to the Future II. During the program, Fox discussed the hoverboard, which Fox’s Marty McFly uses to run—well, quickly glide—away from thugs in the future. He claimed that “scientists” were working on how to get hoverboards into production in the coming months.
Well, as any disappointed kid from that era knows, THE HOVERBOARD WAS A LIE! However, Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles are giving fans of the Back to the Future franchise the best consolation prize (short of a working DeLorean time machine) I can think of in the this 1/6th scale Marty McFly action figure! This figure premiered and it is a pretty sight to behold. Decked out in his familiar down vest, blue jean jacket, and checkered shirt, you won’t have to travel far into the future to grab your very own history-hopping hero (and other time travel puns!). Marty comes with a huge cache of accessories, including: the video camera used to record inventor Doc Brown’s testing of the DeLorean time machine; the skateboard Marty used to go to school and elude Biff Tannen and his gang of thugs; the sunglasses Marty is wearing in the iconic movie poster; and the 1985 Hill Valley newspaper Marty shows to 1955 Doc Brown.
The detail used in the sculpt of this li’l Marty is phenomenal, right down to the buttons on the jacket and the shirt’s rolled-up sleeves. What particularly stands out to me, however, is the expression on Marty’s face. Not only have I rarely seen an action figure that so closely resembles the actor playing the character, but the facial expression capture the perpetual bewilderment of Marty’s character throughout the entire film franchise. The essence of Marty and his journey is captured in that one look. (I could also throw some Joseph Campbell at ya for good measure, but you don’t want to read that. On to the pics!)
Here’s all the details straight from Hot Toys’ Facebook Page:
“This is heavy doc.” Back to the Future is a pop culture icon and one of the best time-travel films of all time! It remains to be a highly popular movie even decades after the film is first released! Next year marks the 30th anniversary of this classic film and today Hot Toys is very excited to present the 1/6th scale Collectible Figure of the film’s main character – Marty McFly!
The movie-accurate Hot Toys Marty McFly Figure is specially crafted based on the image of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in the movie, featuring the newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume and a number of accessories.
Back to the Future fanatics should not miss the opportunity to pre-order this wonderful collectible figure!
If there were an instance for me to bellow “Shut up and take my money!” this is it. Personally, I’m planning on buying five Marty McFly action figures, four of which I’ll have custom resculpted so that my Back to the Future/Doc Hollywood/Spin City/Family Ties/Teen Wolf crossover can be made a reality.