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Welcome Jedis, Droids, Wookies and all things in-between, it’s a pleasure to host you here at Audio Network. We trust that your journey from a galaxy far, far away was comfortable.

We gather you here today to celebrate Earth’s ever-growing catalogue of Star Wars television ads. We're talking commercials featuring friendly faces such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca and R2-D2 (does he have a face?), and some not so friendly faces such as Darth Vader, Darth Maul and Kylo Ren.

These Star Wars-themed commercials aim to advertise everything from video games to automobiles by connecting the dots between a product and the Star Wars universe. 

From here, we will be taking you on a tour through the best Star Wars ads released over the last 40+ years – ads that effectively combine Star Wars characters, costumes, and motifs with music for advertising in ways that thrill the viewer.

And once you’ve enjoyed this journey through the stars, you can join us for a second tour in which we will discover the best Star Wars soundtracks

The Best Star Wars Ads

Before we set off, please make sure you’ve got all of your belongings, from your lightsabers and your blasters to your Baby Yodas.

All good? Fantastic. Now let’s get started.

Star Wars Battlefront II | EA (2017)

In the Star Wars Battlefront II commercial from 2017, the Star Wars universe begins to bleed into our own via the love/hate relationship between childhood neighbours.

As the story develops, music from the Star Wars soundtracks plays, and the world around the characters becomes more and more familiar to fans of the sci-fi movie franchise.

Star Wars Super Bowl Commercial | Volkswagen (2011)

One of the most memorable Star Wars ads ever produced is the VW Star Wars commercial that placed a mini Darth Vader at the front and centre.

Mini Darth is desperate to exercise the same force powers that his inspiration – the OG Vader – uses throughout the classic Star Wars trilogy and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The rib-tickling ad is finished off with the 2012 VW Passat and John Williams’ cinematic composition ‘The Imperial March’. 

Darth Vader Goes to Disneyland | Disney Parks (2011)

Another 2011 ad that makes use of ‘The Imperial March’ is the Disney Parks ad that sent Darth and his white-clad entourage – you know, the Stormtrooper lads – to the world’s most magical place: Disneyland. (Talk about foreshadowing: this ad was released just a year before Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion!)

Give the commercial a watch to see Vader let his hair down for the first time in forever.

Battle For Christmas Morning | Duracell (2015)

Remember Duracell’s Battle For Christmas Morning ad? Allow us to jog your memory.

After using a Duracell Quantum battery to power up his lightsaber, a young man sets off on a quest – one soundtracked by the ‘Star Wars Main Theme’ – to save his younger sister.

Unbeknownst to him, his sister is more Rey Skywalker than damsel in distress. Speaking of powerful heroines, make sure you check out our Kick-Ass Women playlist.

How the Rebels Saved Christmas | Duracell (2016)

Duracell continued the Star Wars trend into 2016. Their excuse? The release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

This ad tells the tale of kids in a children’s hospital, one of which kicks things off by bringing R2-D2 to life using two Duracell batteries.

Look out for blasters, walkers and stormtroopers, and listen out for some gorgeous atmospheric music

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser | Disney (2014)

Overall, the Star Wars sequel trilogy is considered a bit of a disappointment, but the first entry, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is a super fun thrill ride through space that pleased new and old fans alike.

For as long as we live, we will never forget the first time we watched the 88-second teaser trailer that introduced us to Finn, Poe, Rey and Ren (Kylo) for the first time.

The action-packed music! The awe-inspiring landscapes! The sword-like lightsaber!

Obi-Wan Kenobi Teaser Trailer | Disney+ (2022)

Speaking of trailers, the latest Star Wars ad we’ve been treated to is the Obi-Wan Kenobi teaser starring Ewan McGregor.

The trailer builds hype around the upcoming Disney+ show by featuring familiar epic orchestral music (‘Duel of the Fates’ and ‘Battle of the Heroes’), a very familiar location (Tatooine) and a super familiar character (yes, that is a young Luke Skywalker). 

Episode II: Attack of the Clones 3D’s Snacks | Doritos (2002)

Back in the good ol’ days, snacks would come with novelty gifts that tied in with the latest movie releases.

In 2002, 3D’s (a Doritos brand chip/crisp) celebrated the release of the second instalment in the prequel trilogy – Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones – by placing ‘3D star pics’ inside of each bag.

Still today, we remember the semic-iconic, very noughties commercial. 

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – Launch Trailer | Warner Bros. Games (2022)

During the 2000s, we would use all of that energy we got from our bag of calorific 3D’s to play the Lego Star Wars video games for hours on end.

Today, we gamers are being invited to enter a state of nostalgia by grabbing a copy of Warner Bros. Games’ Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

To let Gen-X and millennial gamers like us know that Lego Star Wars is back and better than ever, the video game publisher created an enticing, exciting and strangely emotional launch trailer complete with – you guessed it – John Williams' goosebump-giving ‘Main Theme’. 

C-3PO Cereal | Kellogg’s (1984)

Everyone has a favourite Star Wars character, and ours is the kind and gentle golden humanoid droid C-3PO. Seemingly, we’re not alone, as back in 1984, Kellogg’s chose the character over all the others to be the muse for their Star Wars-themed cereal.

Inspired by the opening crawl, this cereal commercial combines a tilted point of view with John Williams’ ‘Main Theme’ and a star-studded backdrop.

Connect Your Galaxy This Holiday (#RescueChewieDog) | Samsung (2019)

If C-3PO isn’t your fave character, there’s a good chance that Chewbacca is. In 2019, just before the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Samsung connected with the people behind the franchise (so, Disney) and produced the #RescueChewieDog commercial complete with Christmas production music.

By using his nifty new Samsung phone, a pet shelter worker manages to find a home just in time for the holidays by bringing attention to the resemblance between the canine and loveable Wookie Chewbacca.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Subway (2015)

Our favourite scene from the entire Skywalker Saga? It’s a no-brainer, really – it’s got to be the cantina scene from the movie that started it all, Star Wars: A New Hope.

The upbeat jazz music. The aliens. The drama. What’s not to love? In 2015, fast-food brand Subway recreated the scene in one of their many restaurants to entice us to visit our local and pick up a Star Wars collectable cup whilst we were there. 

Star Wars Cantina | Adidas Originals (2010)

Five years before the aforementioned Subway ad came Adidas Originals' take on the jazz-driven cantina scene.

This version of the classic movie moment features a stellar cast, including Daft Punk, David Beckham, the Gallagher brothers, a light saber-wielding Snoop Dogg and more. Oh, how we love a little organised chaos. 

Competition Can Bring Out a Guy’s Dark Side | Spike TV (2008)

We’re ending things with a laugh – the Darth Vader golf commercial from 2008 produced by Spike TV. After missing the hole, Darth Vadar uses the force to guide the golf ball into the hole.

Unimpressed, one of Vadar’s fellow players challenges his behaviour which leads to the big bad losing his temper. Enter John Williams’ ‘The Imperial March’. 

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