Mego Planet of the Apes Cornelius action figure
The Mego Planet of the Apes Cornelius action figure is a toy produced by Mego, based on a character from the series of Planet of the Apes films.
The character of Cornelius was played by actor Roddy McDowell, who appeared in all five feature films and the television series. He plays Cornelius, a chimpanzee archaeologist and historian who challenges the wisdom of the sacred scrolls, in the first three films. After the character is killed, McDowell then played his son Ceasar, the chimpanzee who leads the revolution against the humans.
In the television series McDowell played the character Galen, an assistant to Councillor Zaius who goes on the run with two human astronauts.
Mego also produced a Galen figure in the second series of toys based on the television show in 1975, which is virtually identical to the Cornelius figure due to the strong similarities of both characters.
The Mego Planet of the Apes Cornelius action figure
The figure measures 8” tall, with moveable joints on the arms and legs including elbows and knees. It wears a moss green oufit consisting of trousers and a top with brown vinyl detailing on the chest and arms, with a fake fur trim on the cuffs and mid-brown plastic shoes.
The figure was produced using Mego body types 1 and two, and has two slight variations. The colour of the figures shoes can range from brown to burgundy, and there is a highly rare figure which wears a brown, rather than green, outfit.
As with the others, the Cornelius figure was sold carded in the U.S and U.K, with several variations in the packaging, and window-boxed in Japan.
How much is a Mego Planet of the Apes Cornelius action figure worth?
In mint, carded condition Cornelius figures have been known to sell on sites like eBay for $75 - $150 depending on the variation of the figure and the type of card. The most valuable versions are the first edition U.S larger-card issue and the U.K first issue with an orange, rather than blue card.
Loose figures complete with their original outfits can sell for $15 up to around $40 depending on their condition.
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