After kicking off its 'Same Power, Different Attitude' campaign with a few friendly dictators, Powershop and DoubleFish then moved into fictional territory with ads featuring Jaws, Daleks, Darth Vader and Frankenstein. A cease and desist letter from LucasFilm moved the campaign back in the direction of well-known humans, such as a free-lovin' Margaret Thatcher. And now the brand has either bravely or foolishly taken things in a much more controversial direction with a new ad that wouldn't be out of place on a St Matthew in the City billboard and features Pope Benedict XVI presiding over a same sex marriage. We predict fire and brimstone Powershop's way cometh. And, if we're lucky, maybe even @pontifex's first Tweet.
Who's it for: New World by Colenso BBDO and Assembly
Why we like it: Harnessing old Papua New Guinean head-shrinking technology, Little Shop's Shrinkinator shows how the various tiny goods the nation will undoubtedly go mad for became small. Word is Nick Garrett got too close to the machine and has become even smaller.
Who's it for: MasterCard by McCann Sydney and Robber's Dog
Why we like it: Love him or hate him, MasterCard's over-zealous space invader Tim certainly catches peoples' attention and, as a result, he has become an enduring advertising character. And the violation continues in this spot for its mystery trip promotion.
Who's it for: Air New Zealand by Host Sydney and Diaries Downunder
Why we like it: 'The Meanwhile in ...' campaign is a nice online content idea to lure Aussies across to Kiwi slopes, and its latest effort combines skiing with rugby to tie-in with the start of the All Blacks/Wallabies battle over the weekend.