CORNELIUS AND GALEN
|Because Cornelius in the original Planet of the Apes movie and Galen in the Planet of the Apes TV series were both portrayed by the same actor, Roddy McDowall, and wore costumes that were nearly identical, Mego chose to use essentially the same action figure for both characters.|
|Although variations abound, and some are more common on one character than the other, there is no absolute way to
differentiate the figures. Both sets of
Planet of the Apes figures were released on the Mego "Type 1"
body with metal rivets in the joints (most prominent in the wrists) AND on "Type 2" bodies with plastic pins in the joints. Most collectors prefer to call a male Chimp on a Type 2 body "Galen," and a male Chimp
on a Type 1 body "Cornelius," but it is impossible to be sure unless the figures are carded.
Tom has provided the Museum with a guide to Planet of the Apes card variations, great eye Tom.
|Brown ears , green ears, green hair and orange ears? Just some of the many Cornelius variations, enough to drive an Ape collector mad! (courtesy Mike J)|
|The variant of Cornelius in a brown outfit courtesy Joe DeRouen. It is a striking contrast to the green.|
|Carded Cornelius courtesy of Troy has green ears which puts to rest the whole Galen/Corny differences theory.Both first issue and second issue cards can contain the mini catalogs.|
|Boxed Mexican Cornelius like all apes is sold without pants! (courtesy of Luis Felipe).|
|Cipsa (Mexico) Mego Cornelius courtesy of Mike J,|
|Boxed Galen courtesy of Mike J,|
|First Version Mego carded Galen courtesy of Mike J,|
|Third Version Mego carded Galen courtesy of Mike J,|
|Palitoy Carded Galen from Mike J, Cornelius was released on a Bradgate card,|
|Japanese Bullmark Cornelius courtesy of Mike J,|
General Urko Galen Virdon and Burke General Ursus
Dr Zaius Cornelius Zira Soldier Ape Astronaut
Mego Ape Playsets