Walmart Pop Culture

Updated with an extended version of the spot: Some famous ride are crashing the Golden Globes this year. Back in November, a few spotters were buzzing that filming was taking place on the streets of Los Angeles with a very familiar 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance and its distinctive siren. And now, the reason for the mystery appearance of the Ghostbusters‘ Ecto-1 is revealed! As part of its new “famous rides” campaign, Walmart is rolling out a new series of TV spots to promote its grocery pickup service.

Joining the Ecto-1 is an all-star lineup of star cars from multiple studios, including the DMC-12 Delorean Time Machine from Back to the Future, K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation, the Mutt Cutts Shaggin’ Wagon from Dumb and Dumber, Transformers’ Bumblebee, Scooby-Doo‘s Mystery Machine, a Jurassic Park Ford Explorer (complete with baby Raptors), the Batmobile from Justice League, Lightning McQueen from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, the Flintstones’ Flint-Mobile, Disney’s Cinderella’s Carriage and a pretty cool Easter Egg as well.

Walmart goes Back to the Future
Be careful, the Delorean Time Machine can be hot, cold, and heavy, Doc. (Walmart)

There’s a few different versions of the spot, but the extended, 1:31 version is the best. Watch for the very last vehicle to turn into the Walmart parking lot at the end—that’s Walmart founder Sam Walton’s iconic 1979 Ford F-150 Custom pick-up truck—a truck so loved that Mattel immortalized it as a Hot Wheels vehicle that’s been reissued several times over the years.

When Batman picks up groceries, the Walmart Associate brings up a good point—does the Batmobile have a trunk? (Walmart)

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.