* ActingForTwo: Slamfist and Scratch-It are both voiced by Creator/ChristopherGuest, while Insaniac and Freakenstein are voiced by Michael [=McKean=].
* ActorAllusion:
** Creator/TommyLeeJones voices Major Chip Hazard, who at the end of the second act [[Film/BatmanForever gets horrific burns down one side of his face]]. The Commandos all bear some resemblance to their voice actors.
** A scientist played by Robert Picardo who creates AI-based technology that succeeds beyond one's wildest dreams? Yeah, [[Series/StarTrekVoyager THAT'S]] [[SarcasmMode never happened before...]]
** Director allusion - Alan is shown with a Gremlin skull on his desk. Joe Dante directed ''{{Film/Gremlins}}'' and its sequel. There's also a piranha toy next to the fish tank. Joe Dante had also directed ''{{Film/Piranha}}''.
* AllStarCast: The film is led by Kirsten Dunst at the height of her 90s popularity, and the toys are voiced by the likes of Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, Ernest Borgnine, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci. Noted names like Phil Hartman, Jay Mohr and Dennis Leary round out the cast.
* BillingDisplacement: Kirsten Dunst is the first billed despite playing the love interest.
* CastingGag: The Commandos are voiced by numerous stars from ''Film/TheDirtyDozen''.
* CreatorInJoke: The music from ''Patton'' is heard as Chip Hazard gives his speech. Jerry Goldsmith, who worked on this film, had composed the music for that as well.
* CrossDressingVoices: Christopher Guest as Scratch-It.
* TheDanza: Creator/PhilHartman as Phil Fimple.
* InMemoriam: A dedication to Phil Hartman at the end of the movie.
* TooSoon:
** The scene of the Commandos attacking Phil Fimple had to be edited down after Phil Hartman's murder.
** The Kip Killigan toy was not distributed in Oregon, as a teen called Kip Kinkel went on a shooting spree there shortly before the film was released.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Scratch-It shows no visible signs of her sex.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Joe Dante wanted another actual member of the Dirty Dozen to take part, but Charles Bronson refused ([[CreatorBacklash interestingly, he didn't care for]] ''The Dirty Dozen'').
** Before that, an idea was to have the cast of ''{{Film/Predator}}'' voice the Commandos - Arnold Schwarzenegger for Chip Hazard, Jesse Ventura as Brick Bazooka, Shane Black as Kip Killigan, Carl Weathers as Butch Meathook, Sonny Landham as Nick Nitro and Bill Duke as Link Static.
** The film was originally supposed to be edgier and aimed at teens but when the studio saw an opportunity to profit from children's toys based on the characters, Dante had to tone down the violence.