Madelman’s line of Mego-like 8-inch sci-fi action figures is one of the neatest toys you haven’t seen. My father is from Spain, and as a kid I traveled abroad quite a bit and got to see a lot of toys that weren’t available or marketed in the States. They are superficially similar to Mego’s 8 inch lines, but Madelman paid a lot more attention to detail on the outfits and accessories than did Mego, and produced figures in a much wider range of themes, covering everything from Safaris to the wild west and outer space. The only bad thing about Madelman is that they break pretty easily.
Given my enduring fascination with science fiction, the Cosmic line of figures was my favorite. Madelman produced both human space explorers, or “Astronave,” and some rather evil looking aliens. Both came with some very cool weapons and accessories. Madelman also produced a ship, the “M7X Astronave” for the explorers to go exploring in.
Madelman also made a number of figures based on the 2001: Space Odyssey astronauts. Although also sci-fi themed, they were not a part of the Cosmic line.