Galen

Mego Planet of teh Apes Cornelius




Introduction



Loose Cornelius/Galen

Galen (item # 50900/6 ) (assortment # 50902) packed 4 per case

Because Cornelius and Galen were both portrayed by the same actor,
Roddy McDowall, Mego chose to use essentially the same head for
both action figures.

The costumes and shoes are also virtually identical. It is speculated
that Galen received some brighter colors of vinyl (from burgundy
to a near purple tone) while Cornelius tended to get a simple brown.
There are even different shades of thread in the stitching of the
tops.

There is no absolute way to differentiate the figures, however,
since both sets of Planet of the Apes figures were released on the
Mego “Type 1” body – that is, the body which used metal
joints, most prominent in the wrists — AND on “Type 2”
(plastic jointed) bodies. What does all this mean? Simply, a male
Chimp on a Type 2 body is probably Galen, while a male Chimp on
a Type 1 body is probably Cornelius, but it is impossible to be
sure unless the figures are carded.

A complete figure (Cornelius OR Galen) has green tights, a green
top with vinyl details, and moccasins (of either brown or burgundy
tones). There is a very rare but confirmed variation of Cornelius
in an outfit made of brown fabric in place of green, but with the
same vinyl details. This outfit has been found on Cornelius only,
not yet on Galen.




Packaging



1st issue US card (all characters copyright of Apjac Prod and 20th Cent. Fox)

2nd issue US card ( astrerix on Ursus (black face) all other copyright of only 20th Cent. Fox)

3rd issue US card ( Ursus and Urko switch names, asterix on Ursus (helmet head))

Mailer box

US window boxed

Palitoy card (UK)

Forbidden Zone Gift Set (none found to date)

Fortress Gift Set (none found to date)

Catapult and Wagon Gift Set ( none found to date)




Window Box



Boxed Galen courtesy of Mike J




First Issue Card



First Version Mego carded Galen courtesy of Mike J




Second Version Card



This is the second version Galen courtesy of Mike D’Aloia, note the asterix on Ursus (black face) all other copyright of only 20th Cent. Fox




Third Version Card



Third Version Mego carded Galen courtesy of Mike J




Palitoy UK



Palitoy Carded Galen from Mike J, Cornelius was released on a Bradgate
card.

Cornelius/Galen : Original Accessories and Known Repros

Loose Cornelius/Galen

Moccasins


moccasins

Cornelius and Galen wear the same moccasins as Peter Burke, Alan Verdon, Starsky from Starsky and Hutch and some figures in the Western line. They come in various shades of brown and burgundy tones. They have been factory reproduced by Classic TV Toys, EMCE Toys and Tim Mee. The CTVT reproductions are a darker brown than originals and are a little shorter with a slightly different overall shape. They are marked CTV on the inside. The EMCE reproductions fall well into the range of color shades you find originals in and the material used to make them is spot on, however, they are taller than originals. You can also notice that the original mocs were poured from the side (the minor flashing is evident) but the new EMCE versions are poured from the back. The other thing that makes the EMCE version spotable is there is a stamp on the inside of each moc. On the one I examined, one moc had the number 1 stamped in it, the other had a 4. To make matters a little more confusing, Tim Mee reproduced the Mego western line back during the Mego era using the same molds. So there are vintage mocs out there that are identical to mego in almost all respects. Color, material, molds, etc… The Tim Mee mocs are just a touch thinner, making them a little more flexible than originals. The big difference is that the Tim Mee’s are marked made in Hong Kong on the bottom, while the original Mego’s are unmarked.




shirt

Cornelius/Galen shirt has been factory reproduced by EMCE Toys. It should be easy to describe the differences in something as simple as a shirt, but in this case, it’s not so simple. Cornelius/Galen shirts come in shades of olive and possibly brown. It’s hard to find any two that match completely due to age, fading or simply different lots. They tend to be fairly similar though and the EMCE repro seems to be a bit on the browner side of olive than the average Mego original. The same color problem exists when discussing the vinyl trim on the shirt. Original shirts have trim that can be either brown or burgundy. With the EMCE, they chose to go with brown for the trim. These shirts in color do not make identification impossible though. The modern reproduction is made of a slicker material, the vinyl for the chest area is glued completely down on the reproduction, where on the original it is only spot glued. The details on the chest piece of the repro are more more clear and sharp edged, although not imprinted as deep as an original. The other differences on that chest piece is the sides are more curved on the reproduction. Other differences regarding the vinyl are the bands on the arms. The pair on the reproduction are much closer together than the pair on the original, and the cuff vinyl on the reproduction is wider. The last difference between the shirts is the fur trim. The reproduction fur is a little bit lighter in color, and a little more “long haired” than the original fur. The shirt is unmarked.




pants

Cornelius/Galen pants have been factory reproduced by EMCE Toys. Like the shirt, it’s not so easy to describe in absolutes the difference between the two when you are considering color. Cornelius/Galen pants come in shades of olive and possibly brown. It’s hard to find any two that match completely due to age, fading or simply different lots. They tend to be fairly similar though and the EMCE repro seems to be a bit on the browner side of olive than the average Mego original. The modern reproduction is made of a slicker material and fit a little tighter at the waist. The pants are unmarked.




heads

The Cornelius/Galen head has been factory reproduced by EMCE Toys. The reproduction is a slight bit taller than an original, the detail lines in the hair and in the face are a little more dull on the reproduction and it’s a little softer. The ears on the reproduction are painted tan, while an original can be either green or tan. The new EMCE head is stamped with a 1968 and a 2008 FOX copyright on the back of the head.