I believe that you're thinking of the "StarCom" toys.
"Anyone else have these dope space toys, StarCom? They were all mechanized and
stuff, you'd press a button and the wings would unfurl or something, all the
figures had magnets on their feet and they would stick to panels on the
things. Those were hot for a while, I had almost all of them, they even had a
cartoon for a bit, then they disappeared. I loved those toys...but no one I
talk to ever heard of them."
"To stave off the wholesale subjugation of humanity we've got Starcom:
The US Space Force (and what future would be complete w/o the United
States, right? 9_9), a joint venture between the military forces of
The figs themselves were about an inch 'n three quarters tall and had
little magnets implanted into their boots (a primary component of the
toys' "magna-lock" feature). These magnets had quite a few useful
applications. Other than allowing the figures to stand freely on metal
plates that were attached to the vehicles and playsets, they were
often used to trigger switches that activated other action features."
Of course, various toys from this line are for sale on eBay:
transformers "magnets * their feet"
starcom magnets toys
I hope "Starcom" is the toy brand that you had in mind. If not, please
let me know via the "request clarification" feature. Thanks.