Mego Planet Of The Apes Galen Action Figure
The Mego Planet of the Apes Galen action figure is a figure based the character of Galen, which appears in the short-lived Planet of the Apes television series in 1974.
Galen was an ape character played by Planet of the Apes regular Roddy McDowall in the television series, which ran for 14 episodes from September to December 1974. McDowall had previously played the main ape character of Cornelius in the first three feature films, and the character of Galen was almost identical in many ways (including his appearance).
In the series Galen meets two human astronauts (Peter Burke and Alan Verdon) that have landed on the planet, and saves them from execution. In doing so he learns of the planet’s true history, and becomes a fugitive with Burke and Verdon as they travel the land searching for a way back to Earth.
The figure was released in 1975 as part of the second wave of figures (despite the series having been cancelled at the end of 1974).
The Mego Planet of the Apes Galen action figure
The figure stands approximately 8” tall, and is virtually identical in every way to the Cornelius figure from the first wave released in 1974. As both characters were played by McDowall, in the same make-up, they merely repackaged Cornelius figures as Galen figures (wearing the same outfits).
The figure wears green trousers and a top, with brown vinyl details on the chest, bands on the arms and a fur trim on the cuffs. There is no way to tell Cornelius and Galen figures apart unless they are unopened on their cards.
How much is a Mego Planet of the Apes Galen action figure worth?
The Galen figure is considered rare, as far fewer were produced than the Cornelius figures from the first wave. Only sealed, carded figures can be accurately identified as Galen, and as such they are highly sought after by collectors fetching up to $200 on auction sites such as eBay.
Loose figures can be found for $10 - $50 depending on their condition, but as there is no way to tell whether they are Galen or Cornelius figures many are mis-identified.
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