Super Bowl ads 2012: Toyota is reinventing the world (and the Camry)

Car commercials will be big once again during the Super Bowl telecast, but while many are spending millions of dollars to show off a new slick set of tires or better handling around the track, Toyota is taking a broader worldview.

Not only have they reinvented the Camry, but they’ve also created the first DMV arcade, the first blender that plays Lionel Richie, the first scantily-clad-human couch and the first baby time machine.

Yes, Toyota has been busy.

As the big game nears and the anticipation continues to build for a rematch between Tom Brady’s New England Patriots and Eli Manning’s New York Giants, we’ll be giving you sneak peaks at the ads you will see during the game. Check a playlists of ads from this year and last year’s best efforts — including Volkswagen’s Lil’ Darth Vader classic — with our video playlist  here.

How will this year’s lineup stack up to past years? And which companies will hit the mark?

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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