Film fans can now get their hands on a life-size replica of the phone booth time machine from the Bill & Ted movies. Beginning in 1989 with Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and continuing two years later with Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, the Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter time-bending comedy franchise gathered immense popularity in its day and spawned a host of wider media including TV shows, video games and more. Of course, the most recognizable element of the franchise is the time machine disguised as a phone booth, which the titular duo use to ensure the future of both their rock band and the world.
Almost thirty years after the release of the last movie, the Bill & Ted film series is set to become a trilogy next year in Bill & Ted Face The Music. Reeves began teasing a third installment as early as a decade ago but, attempting to ensure the script lived up to the reputation of the previous two films, the project has taken a considerable amount of time to develop. Nevertheless, filming on Bill & Ted 3 is reportedly set to begin this month and will see the return of writing duo Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, as well as all the primary cast members, with the exception of George Carlin (Rufus) who sadly passed away in 2008.
With a new Bill & Ted film now tantalizingly close, fans of the movies will no doubt be delighted to hear that an officially licensed, life-size replica of the phone booth time machine will soon be available to purchase. Made by Cubicall to honor the 30th anniversary of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, the item is designed for use in an office environment and features a fully operational payphone inside, as well as loving details such as the umbrella time travel antenna and a retro-style payphone. Cubicall will begin taking orders for the item this fall.
For any Bill & Ted super-fans that just so happen to be office managers, or even for film buffs whose apartment could use a little more movie magic instead of another boring wardrobe, this life-size replica is ideal. There's no word on pricing as of now, but the rest of Cubicall's range begins at around the $7000 mark so expect the limited edition Bill & Ted variety to be somewhere north of that. Good luck explaining that purchase to the company accountant.
Financial and practical restrictions aside, this phone booth time machine replica is a fantastic way of marking both the past and the future of the Bill & Ted franchise, with the prop jostling among the TARDIS and Delorean in terms of iconic fictional time machines. Movie goers will no doubt be eagerly awaiting the phone booth's heroic return when Bill & Ted Face The Music hits theaters next year.
- Bill and Ted 3/Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) release date: Aug 21, 2020