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W+K Portland Brings Back Mandroid for Old Spice

Back in July, W+K Portland introduced a new robot character with a series of ads in which Old Spice products help him smell like a man.

Now, the agency is a back with another spot for the campaign, featuring the (vaguely creepy) character, promoting Old Spice deodorant and body wash. This time around, he’s hanging out in a hot tub with a few giggly women in bikinis. Soon, however, he starts malfunctioning (again), because robots and water don’t mix. (The women, miraculously, are not electrocuted.) It’s very much in line with the previous spots, so if you liked those, chances are you’ll find this one amusing, too. If not, you’ll probably long for a screaming Terry Crews.

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W+K Portland Introduces Mandroid for Old Spice

Here’s yet another item from W+K today, as the agency has debuted its latest campaign for Old Spice, introducing a creepy new android character.

The new character makes his debut in the 30-second “Soccer” (featured above). When the robotic man goes to kick a soccer ball at the beach, he falls directly onto a sunbathing woman, crushing her ribs. Initially irked by the painful injury, she then notices that he smells amazing. When the android says that he can’t get up, she replies, suggestively “Maybe I don’t want you to.” Coming on the heels of the funny Terry Crews-filled World Cup spot, it’s pretty disappointing. It also marks something of a creepiness trend in W+K’s Old Spice work, with the campaign featuring anthropomorphic hair getting the creepy ball rolling earlier this year. Its “our products will make women want you” message is also vaguely reminiscent of Axe’s strategy of marketing to pubescent boys — the only demographic desperate/gullible enough to swallow such a claim. Either approach is irksome enough on its own, but combined they’re truly troubling. W+K’s latest campaign for Old Spice also features the 30-second online spot “Nightclub,” which takes a similar (but possibly even more ridiculous) approach. We’ve featured it after the jump for any interested parties. Read more

W+K Portland Takes Terry Crews, Old Spice to the Next Level of Craziness

W+K Portland and Terry Crews are back, dialing up the mishigas in a new spot for Old Spice entitled “Drill to Brazil.”

In what may be the craziest Old Spice spot yet, Crews attempts to drill to Brazil by spiraling himself into the ground, because Terry Crews is magic. After a few failed attempts see him end up in Egypt, an office, and a snowcone, Crews finally gets to Brazil, where he meets what appears to be Brazilian Crews. In Brazil, Crews shares (screams) the message, “Old Spice thinks you’re amazing and is now available in Brazil!” before heading off to an unexpected location. If you’ve seen any of the previous Crews spots you already know the drill, just expect even more random craziness than usual from this one.

W+K Brings Back Terry Crews, Sans Shirt of Course, for Digital Effort

W+K Portland have launched an campaign for Old Spice’s new line of electric shavers and trimmers (price range: $50-80), and have enlisted the help of a familiar face to help launch the new products.

Current Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews, who helped introduce Old Spice Shave Gel last year with the spot “Baby”, returns to help market Old Spice’s foray into the shavers and trimmers world. The 45-second digital effort, “Get Shaved in the Face,” is reminiscent of Crews’ iconic work for the brand from years past, with a predictable amount of screaming and general mishigas. In the spot, Crews is in the process of shaving when a mini-crews realizes that he is a hair. As you might expect, things get pretty crazy by the conclusion of the spot, which you can watch for yourself above.

While the strategy might not have the shock value it did years ago, it makes a lot of sense to call on the iconic Crews for the introduction of a new product line. Among the products being introduced are: Old Spice Hair Clipper (“Like a lawn mower for your hair with 8 adjustable settings.”), Old Spice Beard and Head Trimmer, and Old Spice Shaver (“Like 3 smooth barbers for your face, this shaver features a triple-action cutting system with twin foils that shave off stubble and an integrated cutter that shortens longer hairs…”). Stay tuned for credits and a “Baby” refresher after the jump. Read more

Tuesday Odds and Ends

-London/San Francisco-based mobile marketing agency Fetch has appointed Catalyst S+F CEO/managing partner John Durham to its board of directors.

-It took a month to make it official, but, yes, McCann Erickson along with sister IPG agencies GolinHarris and Casanova Pendrill have been selected by the American Frozen Food Institute to develop a national consumer campaign on behalf of the newly-formed Frozen Food Roundtable.

-W+K Portland and Old Spice have reunited with Terry Crews (who just happened to be hanging with Ron Howard in NYC today) to promote the P&G brand’s Shave Gel launch (one spot above, second spot here). In addition, as part of the Shave Gel campaign, Old Spice has gained open access to Getty Images’ library of stock photography to create a 24-hour website generator, which just might be the most interesting component of the whole effort.

-And now, let’s warm the cockles and tell you that the pair of expecting Peregrine Falcons housed on Campbell Ewald’s rooftop have welcomed their first eyasses (baby falcon). Prepare to say “awww” as here’s a minute-long clip of mama’s first feeding to newborn.

-Well, that was fast as it appears JCPenney has already moved on from apologizing after barely two weeks. link; link

-ABC will kick off Nielsen’s first-ever trial in expanding the latter’s Online Campaign Ratings solution to mobile apps.

Terry Crews Plays Music with His Muscles, Encourages Viewers to Do the Same for Old Spice

Yes, one of the stars of The Expendables 2 (now playing in theaters everywhere) is back, flexing his impressively musical muscles for Old Spice and W+K.

In what we’re being told is what’s a “first-of-its-kind embeddable interactive experience,” Muscle Music allows viewers to record their very own percussion-laden jam session after they stream and impressive demo performed by Mr. Terry Crews. But, for those of us who learn better from following directions than button-mashing, Old Spice has provided us with this handy keyboard map:

Sure, it’s just sort of silly and gets a little boring after about a minute of messing around, but realize that this is as much of an ad for W+K, prodco MJZ, VFX company The Mill and Vimeo itself as much as it is for Old Spice. From a purely technological standpoint, this could be a big step forward in integrating audience interaction into streaming video. Your move, YouTube.

Credits after the jump.

Update: By the way, the Terry Crews has been answering questions following his new Old Spice ad launch on Reddit. Go here for the Q+A.

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Won’t You Be W+K’s Valentine?

With the season of love/loneliness upon us, W+K Portland has its design studio in the holiday spirit with a series of letterpress Valentine’s Day cards.

Now, these cards aren’t of the “I Choo-Choo Choose You” variety. No, most of these are best for expressing your cupidity with octopi “hugging,” rabbits ready to pounce on one other or text messages declaring, “I Fucking Love You.”

So, if your significant other is tired of soft-focus photos of roses or pictures of Spider-Man saying, “I’m caught in your web, Valentine,” adorning your cards, consider switching it up this year. Hopefully, we’ll get Terry Crews in a romantic Old Spice spot as we near the 14th. Check out one more Valentine card after the jump.

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Terry Crews Now Invades Other P&G Ads

We guess our pal Isiah Mustafa is on vaca, as Terry Crews takes over once again for Old Spice. Dude is jacked and he’s ready to jet ski into the most mundane of adverts for Procter & Gamble from W+K’s Portland HQ. We thought Kenny Loggins‘ “Danger Zone” was diabolical on its own, but today marks the agency’s first-ever co-branded television advertisements with P&G brands Bounce and Charmin.

Terry Crews Takes Over, Yells Aplenty in Latest Old Spice Work

When he’s not filming Sly Stallone’s sequel to the bloody, guilty pleasure opus that is The Expendables or cracking us up as the penny-pinching pops on syndication in Everybody Hates Chris, Terry Crews is once again screaming at the screen in a series of new spots for Old Spice. W+K continues its onslaught for the P&G brand in a series of spots promoting the Red Zone body spray line.

We kind of like how Crews serves as the boisterous, aggressive counterpart to Isaiah Mustafa‘s smooth baritone casanova, though we’re not sure how this will disrupt our sleep patterns when it airs as yours truly dozes off to the telly at night. By the way, you might know the directors from the campaign, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, aka the minds behind Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. In phase two of the “Smell the Power” campaign, look for co-branded television advertisements with fellow P&G brands Bounce and Charmin. Check out three more clips and credits after the jump.

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Mullen Debuts First Work for Planet Fitness

Allegedly, Planet Fitness stands by the whole premise that they are a fitness club for everyone, famous for their “no judgment” environment which was the inspiration for this initial spot called “Application” for the brand from Mullen. This effort also marks the arrival of new CD Brian Tierney and was directed by Dave Laden at Hungry Man.

But we have to ask, why would the guy in the spot just be signing up for a gym? Did you see the size of that guy? Huge! Yes, you’re selling a fitness center and there has to be some muscles involved but..i don’t know. It reminds you of the Old Spice campaign when in transition from the Isiah Mustafa-to-Terry Crews era.

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