The movie is meant to take place in fictional Winslow Corners, Ohio, and the producers made an effort to represent Northeastern Ohio accurately: Alan rides his bike past a newsstand selling The Plain Dealer, a Cleveland-centered newspaper. Later he leaves his phone number on the Globotech voice mail system and gives the Akron area code of 330. The Heartland delivery truck appears to have 90s-style Ohio license plates and is a reference to the state generally, "Ohio: The Heart of it All!"
The movie was linked to an ill-fated fast-food marketing deal. Burger King agreed to market this with kid's meals before it was rated PG-13. The film was released soon after Oregon teen Kip Kinkel shot his parents and went on a rampage at his school, so the Kip Killigan action figure was not distributed in Oregon.
Richard Jaeckel, who had also been in The Dirty Dozen (1967), was originally cast to play the voice of Link Static. Jaeckel died during principal photography, and the role eventually went to Bruce Dern.
The original promotional artwork for the movie (which was later used for the home video cover) featured Chip Hazard pointing a gun sideways at the viewer. The artwork was altered, removing the gun, therefore giving the appearance of Chip reaching out instead. The original, unaltered artwork can actually be seen as a store display in the movie.
After Nick Nitro shuts down, Chip Hazard says, "his battery has run out, but his memory will keep going, and going, and going." This is an obvious nod to Energizer Batteries' famous marketing slogan, "It keeps, going, and going, and going."
The scene where Chip Hazard addresses his troops and appears in front of the large American flag is a nod to the opening of the film Patton (1970). The music heard is also from that film, written by Jerry Goldsmith (who wrote the score for THIS film).
WILHELM SCREAM: When Brick Bazooka is fired at Alan's bike to attack Archer and ends up getting chewed up by the tire spokes and chain, Brick screams this as he's flying away. Also, at 1hour, 37mins, 16secs when the Commando Elite soldier is breaking apart from the EMP on Stuart Abernathy's chest.