Many kids of the late Sixties knew that Coloufirms Outer Space Men alien action figures [top pic] fitted superbly with Mattel's Major Matt Mason, his buddy Captain Lazer and fellow aliens Callisto and Scorpio [above bottom]. They were all rubberised and played well together without too much green blood loss!
I'm not sure who designed Mattel's two aliens [anyone? and was there a third alien called Orr?] but the creator of the Colorforms gang was Mel Birnkrant. Mel is still going strong and has the definitive website on the Outer Space Men, which is well worth a look at.
Coming full circle and inspired by the opening of PROMETHEUS today in the UK, I wondered what more modern alien action figure might have gone well with the Colourforms and Mattel space folk? My own suggestion would be the HR Giger- designed ALIEN figure. I never owned any ALIEN toys back in 1979 [I was 18 and busy growing my hair long] but if I had I'd have wanted the gargantuan KENNER ALIEN with it's clear domed brainpan pictured above. Probably the wrong scale for most Mattel or Colourforms but Captain Lazer would have had a worthy 12 inch foe if they'd met! I wonder of Birnkrant and Giger have ever met for that matter? They're both still around!
What would be your favourite additions to the Mattel and Colourforms aliens lines?