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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!"
One of the very few movies to feature music by Led Zeppelin, a band notoriously strict about allowing their music to be used in films/games/etc.
George Kennedy, Clint Walker, Ernest Borgnine and Jim Brown were reunited to play the voices of the soldiers. Some 31 years earlier they appeared together as soldiers in the classic WWII movie The Dirty Dozen (1967).
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.
The Gorgonites (Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean) are reunited is this movie after they played together in A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (1992).
The murder of Phil Hartman before the premiere caused some minor changes before release.
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 piranha fish next to Alan's computer is a reference to Piranha (1978), also directed by Joe Dante.
The head of Globotech is named Gil Mars. Mars was the Roman god of war.
The music being played during the scene where they turn the "Gwendy" dolls into soldiers is the theme music from The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
The skull on Alan's desk is a Gremlin skull.
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).
To get a better understanding of how toys actually work, Stan Winston and his FX crew met with Hasbro.
The old horror movie that the Gorgonites come across on the TV after accidentally switching channels from wrestling is The Crawling Eye (1958).
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.

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