Back to the Future (1985): Marty McFly’s Nike Sneakers

Marty wears a beat-up pair of Nike Bruins:

“No, you and Jennifer turn out fine. It’s your kicks – something’s gotta be done about your kicks!”

Back to the Future (1985): Marty’s Art in Revolution Pin

Replica vector graphics by me. Assuming the size by Zazzle is close (1.25 inches?), I think this is a good option for anyone looking to make a BTTF 1 Marty costume, or just for fans of Constructivism:


But wait! There’s more!

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BTTF II: Official 2015 Pepsi Bottle Replica Pics

Thanks to a blog post here, I was able to ‘liberate’ these hi-res promo stills provided by Pepsi, below the jump:

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BTTF II: Mattel Hoverboards, Part II!

There were multiple different kinds of pink hoverboards made for the film, and they vary in materials and workmanship. Here, we can see that the handlebar hole has at least two variations, and may even be missing altogether on some boards.

Hole all the way through, possibly showing the end of the handlebars, or a mounting point for a practical hovering effect?
Hole all the way through, possibly showing the end of the handlebars, or a mounting point for a practical hovering effect?
Hole not all the way through.
Hole not all the way through. Note the substantial difference in the color of the green stripes versus the board above.
Hole all the way through, interior edges painted black?
Hole all the way through, interior edges painted black?
No hole?
No hole?

BTTF II: Nike Mags Design Patent Drawings

These appear to have been filed by Nike in 1990, and granted in 1992. I don’t know if they are still valid. They have an initial term of 14 years. They may have expired, they may have been renewed, or they may have been superseded by new design patents, or protected by changes in patent law. Design patents only protect the ‘look’ of an item, they have nothing to do with functions, use or technology. These do not related to the ‘functional’ mechanisms of the shoes (lights, laces). Note also that they do not cover all aspects of the shoe: just the upper, the back of the strap and the heel.

BTTF II: 2015 Mystery Prop!

USA Today posted this still taken (presumably) just after the hoverboard chase:


Now, I’m no expert, but what is the thing Terry’s holding in his hand? It’s not his “thumb a hundred bucks” thing; this prop looks enormous (relatively), and I have no idea what it is. It doesn’t look like a parking meter. It’s not Griff’s bat, or the little girl’s hoverboard handlebars … Any guesses?

BTTF II: 2015 Mattel Hoverboards!

“There’s something very familiar about all this…”

Hover Board

Early storyboards showed this as a Swatch-branded hoverboard. Other concept art showed amn Airwalk hoverboard, and surfboard-sized hoverboards (which can be seen briefly being carried by an extra early in the film).

In this frame (above) you can clearly see the (green) Velcro used to hold the lightweight foam boards to the actors’ shoes when hanging from the wire rigging to film the ‘hovering’ shots.

This still proves the existence of the rare and elusive orange Mattel hoverboard (undr the other child’s foot):


And I think that’s a CD player on her head.

BTTF II: 2015 Pepsi Perfect

I believe this is a sly reference to the scene in BTTF I where Marty asks for a “Pepsi Free” (a caffeine-free soda) in 1955, or a reference to the similarly alliterative Coca-Cola Classic (the re-named original recipe Coke after the New Coke debacle).


Stylish, isn’t it? Seen in the background are identically-shaped bottles of Slice (Mandarin Orange [opaque metallic red/orange]) and Diet Pepsi (opaque white). Also seen in the background is a bottle of Miller Lite (Marty’s house, IIRC), and a bottle of milk (which old Biff is drinking in the café when Marty arrives).

And again we reference the joke where Marty in 1955 tries to open the bottle of soda and can’t. Here, there is a flip-up straw-like device in the top.

Interesting take on the Pepsi ‘globe’ logo, and as we all know, Pepsi did change their logo significantly a few years ago.

Minor trivia: In the final cut, we don’t see Marty pay for this soda, it simply appears. He doesn’t appear to use the $50 Doc gives him. In the novelization, he tries to pay the robot waiter / Regan Headroom with cash, and the waiter seems hesitant to accept it. Later in the film, after the hoverboard chase, we see Terry ask Marty to “thumb a hundred bucks” to save the clock tower (again, har har). Which strongly suggests that your thumbprint is now tied to your bank account, and that Doc may have given Marty cash to prevent the creation of any electronic record of 1985’s Marty’s actions in town, when 2015 Marty was presumably at work (at about 4:30 PM). Some very meticulous writing there.

BTTF II: 2015 Texaco Station


We may bemoan the lack of flying cars, and hoverboards but at least gas isn’t $7.25 a gallon.

Never noticed it today, but the ‘car’ has a 2015 California tag just like the DeLorean.

Texaco car concept art:


Incidentally, there was a not-really-but-suspiciously-similar-to-MicroMachines-scale ‘playset’ of the Texaco station, and a couple sets of different cars put out for BTTF II. DeLoreans, Hill Valley police cars, the Taxi. Don’t recall seeing this car in the sets, though.

But what’s on the first floor, below the Texaco station? A 7-Eleven, of course! Not even joking.

Not easy to see in the film, but it’s there:


Here you can see the futuristic logo:


It appears to be entirely vending machines, selling Slurpees, Big Gulps, beer and Kodak film.