Watching the latest Terminator movie I’ve noticed some familiar electrical engineering brands. Working in the field of marketing and sales in the power electronics industry I got curious about product placement of various brands (including the brands of competitors, customers, partners in power semiconductors and power electronics industries) in the movies that define the genres.
Product placement, also known as embedded marketing, is a marketing technique where references to specific brands or products are incorporated into another work, such as a film or television program, with specific promotional intent.
So today I would like to share with you product placement I’ve gathered watching five parts of Terminator movies. And since there are always a lot of cars involved in the filming procedure, in my posts I will not take into account cars, motorcycles, etc.
In the first Terminator movie we see many familiar brands from electronics to FMCG. And the first brand placed in the movie is the Nike sneakers.
When colleagues of Sarah Connor learn about the death of a woman with the same name they invite her to watch the news. And here we see a can of Sprite.
Then during the police chase we see a very familiar fries logo of McDonald’s.
Closer to the movie’s end we see Coca-Cola vending machine in the motel area, where Sarah and Kyle stay to hide. And then we see it again at the gas station in Mexico.
When Sarah makes records for John we see that she uses TDK audiocassette. And finally a Mexican boy takes an instant photo of Sarah (the photo that will travel a lot through time and movie series) using Kodamatic 940 camera produced by Kodak. What a time!
When the Terminator arrives, among all the garbage in the street we see a Dunkin’ Donuts cup.
When John tries to hack the ATM he uses ATARI computer, which perfectly works for that.
In the laboratory where Miles Dyson works, and later in the mall we see the already familiar drink logo. I bet by that time you already think about a can or two.
Another scene in the mall, where Terminator fights the T-1000, gives us a nice view of the Pentax camera.
When John calls to his foster parents he doesn’t realise that T-1000 is already there. Here we see the pack of Lady Lee low fat milk.
When T-1000 arrives at the asylum he takes the look of the policeman who thinks it is his lucky day. Next to him we see the Pepsi vending machine. And the last brand in the movie is Mobil, which Terminator and John pass on their way to asylum to rescue Sarah.
In the beginning of the movie we see John sitting on a bridge with a bottle of Budweiser beer.
When T-X arrives she takes over a car and uses Nokia phone to access the database to get the information about the targets of the mission. That was the time when Nokia produced the best mobile phones.
When T-X is stopped by the policeman for speeding she sees the Victoria’s Secret billboard, which gives her an idea how to convince the policeman to let her go.
After that we find Kate and her fiance in Bloomingdale’s department store picking some stuff for their home.
When Terminator arrives he again heads to the bar to get some clothes. Here we see a lot of beer scenes including Budweiser and Heineken brands. Together with the stripper clothes he takes a very nice Audemars Piguet watch.
Then again at Kate’s home we see Nokia phone. The next scene, when Terminator together with John and Kate escape from T-X shows us McDonald’s and Taco Bell restaurants.
Finally when Skynet is to be launched to fight the virus, we see DELL computers that are used in the facility.
This part of Terminator movies has the lowest product placement of all, however, here we see the companies that have been working in the robotics business for many years.
First we see Sony brand when John uses his computer to analyze the sound.
When Kyle, Star and Marcus come to the abondoned store we see that this is 7-Eleven store, where some resistance people hide.
In Genisys we meet many old friends very familiar to us from the previous movies about Terminator.
And the first one is Nike. Kyle takes the Nike sneakers in the department store, right, exactly same Nike.
Further we move to the hospital where we can see many popular brands like Nokia smartphone, Pepsi and IMRIS Visius eye for MR scanners. The first scene is Genisys launch countdown. And the second is when Terminator fights against John.
And again we meet robots in this movie. This time it is Yaskawa robot that helps Terminator to fight against John. Robot using robot to fight another robot. Incredible!
The last Terminator movie has quite a minimum of the brands, and this is really difficult to tell what is the prop and what is the real product. However there are some familiar logos we see during the movie. And, of course, there are robots among them.
So the first real products we see are the robots at the car factory produced by KUKA. Love those things, but sometimes when there are too many of them it gets a little bit frightening.
After the chase and fight scene the girls get to the drugstore to get some pills, and here we see the famous hygiene brands.
And finally when the Terminator is searching for its prey, we see Dell monitors. Those guys are really everywhere! Masters of product placement.
Well, this is it. All six movies gathered in one article. Probably, almost every brand covered. Follow the news, because more product placement posts are coming.