This was an urban phenomena that companies hoped would turn into the next Hula Hoop®, but it seemed to wink out of existence just as soon as it had arrived to the popular consciousness. It was the ’80s, and fads quickly came and went in an attempt to make a splash on MTV.
I was working at a big box toystore while I was in college, and I remember them carrying breakdancing boards which were large pieces of printed cardboard. I don’t recall anyone ever buying one. They languished on the shelves along with the E.T. toys that they couldn’t give away despite that movie’s popularity.
This ad appeared in Iron Man No. 194 which was published by Marvel in 1985.