HUMANS ON THE MEGO PLANET OF THE APES
The human created for the first line of figures was not based on the Charlton Heston character of "Taylor."Mego did not get the likeness rights to Heston with their deal. Even so, it is worth noting that the Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog of 1974 mistakingly referred to the Astronaut figure as "Taylor." Rather than granting the character a personality, Mego simply named him the "Astronaut." This title was used with very amusing results in one Mego commercial, which began by showing a gorilla sniffing the air. "Hmmm," he grunts. "I smell an Astronaut!"
The original Astronaut was dressed in a blue zippered flight suit, given an Air Force pilot's helmet, and short, "laced" black boots. To be complete, he also needs a white plastic belt. The astronaut was never sold with an elastic belt like the one worn by Action Jackson. The Astronaut's head bears a 1972 copyright date and classic 1972 sideburns. It was originally postulated by Anthony B. McElveen that this head was sculpted to be Don, the male companion to Dinah-mite, but, for reasons unknown, the decision was made to use a Superman head instead.
|MEGO PETER BURKE
The two humans created for the second set of Planet of the Apes figures are based very closely on the television series actors. Mego made terrific representations of James Naughton, who played Peter Burke, and Ron Harper, as Alan Virdon. Like all of the figures in Mego's POTA line, these characters are found on both Type 1 (metal joint) and Type 2 (plastic joint) bodies. Burke and Virdon wear identical terrycloth pants and the same brown or burgundy moccasins worn by both Cornelius and Galen.
Peter Burke wears a brown stretchy pullover shirt and a burlap vest.
|MEGO ALAN VIRDON
Alan Virdon wears an open shirt made from the same terrycloth fabric as his pants, and a brown cotton vest.
Cipsa who had the rights to the Mego Planet of the Apes line in Mexico, released a variant of Allan Virdon called Bill. Most gather that he is based on the astronaut from the short lived Planet of the Apes animated series.
|Bill came in a very large box (courtesy of Brain)|
|The Astronaut box. (courtesy of ABMAC)|
|Carded Astronaut courtesy of Paul Moya (whom I'm jealous of)||Carded Palitoy (Bradgate) Astronaut has a different backer than the US release.||Boxed Peter Burke courtesy of Mike J. Notice the generic box for all astronauts.||Carded Peter Burke courtesy of Paul Moya||Boxed Allan Virdon courtesy of Mike J.||First Version Mego carded Allan Virdon courtesy of Mike J,||Second Version Mego carded Allan Virdon courtesy of Mike J,|
General Urko Galen Virdon and Burke General Ursus
Dr Zaius Cornelius Zira Soldier Ape Astronaut
Mego Ape Playsets