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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).
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The murder of Phil Hartman before the premiere caused some minor changes before release.
The film features music by Led Zeppelin, a band notoriously strict about how their music is used in films, games, and other media.
The music being played during the scene where they turn the "Gwendy" dolls into soldiers is the theme music from Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
Richard Jaeckel, who was originally cast to play the voice of Link Static, died during principal photography.
The piranha fish next to Alan's computer is a reference to Piranha (1978), also directed by Joe Dante.
After Nick Nitro shuts down, Chip Hazard says, "his battery has run out, but his memory will keep going, and going, and going." It's a reference to Energizer battery's marketing slogan, "It keeps, going, and going, and going."
Stan Winston and his FX crew met with Hasbro to better understand how toys work.
The skull on Alan's desk is a Gremlin skull.
Burger King agreed to market the film with its kids meals, before it was rated PG-13. The film was released soon after Oregon teen Kip Kinkel killed his parents, then went on a shooting rampage at Thurston High School in Springfield, killing 2 students and wounding 25. The Kip Killigan action figure was not distributed in Oregon.
The head of Globotech is named Gil Mars. Mars was the Roman god of war.
The original promotional artwork featured Chip Hazard pointing a gun sideways at the viewer. The artwork was altered, removing the gun, so Chip appears to be reaching out instead. The original, unaltered artwork appears in the movie as a store display. It was later used for the home video cover.
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 lets out a Wilhelm scream as he flies away. A Commando Elite soldier emits the same scream as he breaks apart from the EMP on Stuart Abernathy's chest.
The Commando Elite were strongly influenced by the "GI-Joe" toy franchise by Hasbro.
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The old horror movie that the Gorgonites come across on the TV after accidentally switching channels from wrestling is The Crawling Eye (1958).
The Gorgonites were strongly influenced by the "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" toy franchise by Mattel.
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Joe Dante originally wanted the cast of Predator (1987) to voice the Commando Elite. Arnold Schwarzenegger would voice Chip Hazard, Shane Black would voice Kip Killagin, Carl Weathers would voice Butch Meathook, Jesse Ventura would voice Brick Bazooka, Sonny Landham would voice Nick Nitro and Bill Duke would voice Link Static.
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Irwin (David Cross) calls Larry (Jay Mohr's character) Gizmo, a reference to Gremlins an earlier film directed by Joe Dante.
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The movie is set in fictional Winslow Corners, Ohio, and the producers tried hard to represent Northeast Ohio accurately. Alan rides his bike past a newsstand selling The Plain Dealer, a Cleveland newspaper. When he leaves his phone number on the Globotech voice mail system, his area code is 330, used in the Akron area. The Heartland delivery truck appears to have 1990s-style Ohio license plates.
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"Joseph Mazzello" was the original choice to play Alan Abernathy.
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In Alan's room there is a visible poster for, at that time, underground bands REO Speed Dealer (later known as Speed Dealer) and Honky.
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When Alan is looking for the Gorgonites in the trash, a keychain of Gizmo from Gremlins can be seen to the right of Ocula.
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Frank Langella and Kevin Dunn were also in the movie "Dave"
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The vehicles that the Commando Elite construct and that they used to attack and chase Alan and Christie and attack the Fimple house is heavily influenced by the vehicles from the "Mad Max" movies.
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When the Commando Elite are trying to get Archer to reveal where the Gorgonites are, Major Chip Hazard says "we have ways of making you talk". This was also said by Sid in Toy Story (1995) which was also about toys that come to life.
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Nick Nitro almost resembles Australian actor Vernon Wells and mostly his character Wez from "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior". Vernon Wells played Bennett in the 1985 Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Commando", which was about a retired soldier whom set out to rescue his kidnapped daughter.
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A book of the film "Small Soldiers: Top-Secret Dossier: From The Files of Irwin Wayfair" by Irwin Mayfair and published by Puffin Books, which was Irwin Wayfair's private journal, which gave an insight into what went wrong at Heartland Play Systems. Exposed company secrets and highly classified interoffice memos and revealed where the Gorgonites actually came from and blueprints of the Commando Elite's vehicles.
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There were actually five members from "The Dirty Dozen" in this film. : Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, Clint Walker, George Kennedy and Dick Miller (he had a uncredited bit as a MP at the hanging) And there would have been a sixth member originally doing the voice of Link Static, Richard Jaeckel, but he passed away during principal photography.
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Kirsten Dunst and Phil Hartman previously appeared together in Kikis delivery service
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2 years earlier, Phil Hartman had starred in "Jingle All The Way", which Arnold Schwarzenegger ventures over New York City on Christmas Eve to find his son, a doll of the superhero Turbo Man. Arnold Schwarzenegger played soldiers in "Commando" and "Predator".
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Irwin's password is Gizmo. There is a Gizmo figurine in the dumpster with the Gorgonites.
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