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The Star Wars saga is one of the most iconic entertainment franchises ever, so it is no wonder why creative agencies and their clients have leveraged Star Wars clips, likeness and thematic elements in their advertising campaigns.

Here are 8 examples from the last decade.

Yoda Goes to London

Year: 2012
Client: Vodafone UK
Creative Agency: RKCR/Y&R

This is one of a series of TV commercials featuring Yoda from Star Wars developed for Vodafone UK. The Jedi Master finds himself in a Vodafone taxi in London to promote the free phone charging points. The first time we saw Yoda appear in a Vodafone UK commercial was earlier that year for their new Red box product.

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http://youtu.be/EI8OFMKqcI0

Darth Vader meets Heidi Klum

Year: 2004
Client: Target
Creative Agency: Mother New York

Darth Vader teams up with Heidi Klum in this 30 second clip, which was part of a campaign to raise awareness about Target’s wake up calls for their Thanksgiving sale.

http://youtu.be/SXWTmDbcOD0

Modern Day Cantina

Year: 2010
Client: Adidas
Creative Agency: The Mill

This epic 2 minute commercial launched in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup and presented us with a modern day mash-up of the famous Star Wars Cantina scene. It featured an impressive list of stars including David Beckham, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg and Noel Gallagher.

http://youtu.be/BsQHpS4_iAs

Stormtroopers in Japan

Year: 2013
Client: Nissan

This campaign came from Japan, where Stormtroopers blitzed across TV, cinema, web movie, a dedicated website, social networking and storefront for the Nissan Duke.

https://youtu.be/RgRLU30eBEY

Rematch: Yoda vs Darth Maul

Year: 2012
Client: Pepsico Brisk
Creative Agency: Mekanism

13 years after launching Star Wars Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, the title was released in 3D in 2012. Pepsico leveraged the hype around the release by aligning it with their Brisk beverage.

https://youtu.be/LwabxgoSGZY

 

Use the Force

Year: 2005
Client: Pepsico Diet Pepsi
Creative Agency: BBDO

It appears that The Force is not stronger than the need for a Diet Pepsi in this commercial which tied in with the theatrical release of Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

https://youtu.be/dIn3cdhhEEI

Stormtroopers Get Festive

Year: 2013
Client: Spike TV

This is technically not a clip licensing commercial, but it is so much fun we couldn’t leave it out! Spike TV developed this jolly Christmas themed spot to promote their upcoming Star Wars marathon.

http://youtu.be/GaR2HHq-ltA

Mini Darth Vader for Volkswagen

Year: 2011
Client: Volkswagen
Creative Agency:  Donny Deutsch Advertising Inc.

Saving the best for last, this commercial released in line with the 2011 Superbowl. However, it was placed online prior to the big game and it attracted over 1 million views in the first night and a whopping 8 million views before the Superbowl screening. It is regarded as one of the most successful Superbowl commercials ever.

https://youtu.be/R55e-uHQna0