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Planet of the Apes
by Mego

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This memory was added on: March 10, 2008

I remember getting the Planet of the Apes Treehouse on what must have been my 5th birthday (c. 1974). I remember being able to open my presents before school that year. Those presents? The Planet of The Apes Treehouse along with the Cornelius, Zira, Dr. Zeus, Gorilla Soldier, and the Astronaut figures. I loved that set! The only thing that frustrated me was the contruction of the figures. I had difficulty keeping their arms up since the appendages were held together with rubberbands. The other downside to the rubberband construction was when I had two of the figures fighting and they blew apart.


This memory was added on: February 14, 2008

I'll never forget my mom and dad agreeing to give me my birthday gift a day early (probably tired of me nagging them).

I was so thrilled with the Planet of the Apes Treehouse that I somehow managed to take off of school the next day. I played with that toy for hours at a time. My fondest memory of a toy by far. Those were the days!


This memory was added on: November 18, 2007

One of the greatest things about the planet of the apes mego's was they really looked like the apes from the movies, except maybe the soldier ape. I think the ape craze really hit about late 72,early 73. I was about seven and let me tell you there was an absolute ape explosion and the mego's were right there at the epicenter with the films. planet of the apes had this mystique and unlike some franchises anyone and everyone could be a part of it. with the figures we could act out our own adventures and the playsets were pretty cool and only added to the fun. the tree house with it's secret compartments and hidden crossbow were neat. The magazines, novels, records, coloring books,gum cards all of it was great but the mego's were the best.they had great packaging, realistic clothes and accessories and they were fully poseable. I even added the off brand ape figures to augment my collection. There re-doing them and I can't wait. just go ape!

john baker

This memory was added on: October 14, 2007

My memory...

I was a huge Planet of the Apes fan as a kid. One of my favorite Halloweens was when I was either 8 or 9 and my mother made me an awesome Cornelius costume with fur on the sleeves just like the Mego figure.

I remember going to Two Guys (a long-gone department store in the NY. Tri-state area) in Woodbridge, NJ. in search of the Tree House. I knew some came with figures, others without. I can still picture my mother and I on our hands and knees, looking through all the boxes on the bottom shelf for those with the figures included. We finally found one.

I had previously bought the Cornelius (not Galen) figure separately so I ended up with 2 of them as the Tree House came with him and 4 others. The Tree House was extremely cool. I remember in had this rotating bench-type thing that you could stash your weapons in.

The figures themselves were, obviously, even cooler. I eventually ended up with 2 Cornelius, Dr. Zaius, Zera, Alan Verdon, The Astronaut, General Urko, a Soldier Ape and a whole load of weapons. I like so many others, I no longer have these figures. I can't recall what became of them, but would someday love to be able to put that collection back together again.


This memory was added on: April 8, 2007

Oh yes...I remember them well. My best friend Richie and I collected them when we were kids and used to have epoch battles a la "Beneath the Planet of the Apes." In fact. in the mid-70s I found a Mego Planet of the Apes tree house -- a Christmas present -- tucked away in my parents bedroom closet in mid-November (bittersweet confirmation that Santa was not responsible for my gifts). A classmate, Marty, had a General Urko figure that his father brought back for him during a NYC business trip. We were so jealous. When we started to evolve into awkward teenagers (sometime in the late 70s), we gathered all of the Mego monkey men and strapped fireworks on their backs and sent them into the Great Beyond. Their remains are somewhere on Reed Mountain outside Roanoke, Virginia, waiting for some future race of ape or man to discover them and ponder their origins.


This memory was added on: January 2, 2007

I still have one of these! I'm sure I'll soon be selling it and my entire collection of GI Joes from the 60's & 70's.Too many memories I could never just throw out.


This memory was added on: October 24, 2006

Oh sure we always liked these guys-the TV show and movies etc. Don't remember owning any of the toys, but we sure Woulda if we coulda at the time if you know what I mean. The story about the cousin dropping these down the wall...funny.


This memory was added on: September 19, 2006

I have a good story about these guys! When me and my twin brother were about 9 or 10 we had the whole set with the tree house and everything.Well my mom had made us a little playroom in the attic which we thought was the best. Well the house was relly old and in the attic you could drop things into the walls to never be found again. My older cousin thought it was pretty cool to throw things down into the walls.Needless to say we somehow never saw any of these guys again.Funny thing though they just tore the house down and in the rubble me and my brother found 4 of them in almost perfect condition (just a little dirty)so i gotta thank my cousin for saving them for all those years.

John M

This memory was added on: June 23, 2006

What joy waking up on Christmas morning to open PLANET OF THE APES TREEHOUSE. I already had all the action figures. They just needed a setting. Those were the days. Wish I still had all those toys.


This memory was added on: June 23, 2006

I had the astronaut, Soldier Ape, Zira(I caught flack from my friends for having that figure),Dr. Zaius, and Alan Verdon. My brother had Cornellius, Galen(which were the same figure, only packaged with different names), and Urko. Didn't have any of the playsets or vehicles.


This memory was added on: May 25, 2006

Oh, yes, I loved my Planet of the Apes dolls. How else was a boy gonna get to play with a doll. Zira was the acceptable Barbie for boys.

R. Michael

This memory was added on: December 29, 2005

Wow, I remember carrying mine around in an old suitcase my aunt gave me. It was full of the figures and accessories. After school, I would watch the movies on "The 4:30 Movie".


This memory was added on: December 24, 2005

man what great memories i have of the planet of the apes. saw all the movies,had all the action figures,treehouse too.watched the t.v. series every week while eating a swanson turkey t.v. dinner! wanna go back!!!!

70s kid

This memory was added on: November 10, 2005

Man, I was crazy for Planet of the Apes stuff when I was a kid (heck, there were few science fiction films I WASN'T crazy about), and finally managed to get ahold of Cornelius and Dr. Zaius. At the time, I thought they were some of the best figures Mego had ever done. Instead of using "stock" hands, they had new, "ape-like" sculpts, and the clothing was all very well made and quite authentic. The headsculpts were pretty damn good, too. The only let-down was the Astronaut. He WAS a stock figure: basically an Action Jackson pilot figure. But everything else in this line? First rate work...


This memory was added on: March 19, 2005

Ahhh, Mego!

These were great toys! My first action figure in life was Action Jackson. But being a girl, I never really knew how to play adventures, but I gave it my best shot. I used a kleenex box as a pursuit car and jail. And since I lived in Harlem NY, I didn't have the outdoor backdrop you see in most Mego ads. I was never realy into POTA as a kid, though my dad would watch the series from time to time. I was reintroduced to POTA thru the Sci-Fi Channel. I recorded all the movies, and even got a kid I used to babysit into them too. I have most of the figures now; Cornerlius/Galen, Zira, Soldier Ape, Dr. Zaius, Alan Virdon and Pete Burke. I used an Action Jackson for the Astronaut. Sometimes me and some of my students like to play crossover w/ the Star Trek figures.

Mego rules!

Sharry A.

This memory was added on: March 2, 2005

ah the kewl things that were once made!! Funny you say you had dracula,werewolf, mummy and franky at the same time and yes!! I have a family xmas photo (so so clarity) with both sets of dolls.


This memory was added on: January 8, 2005

I had these toys. I think you ordered them by mail. I can rememner being so excited as a kid waiting for the mail man. I also had the woolf man and vampire from the same time any body have pictures of them.


This memory was added on: December 14, 2004

I had the Cornelius and Soldier dolls, the Soldier M-16 rifle was cool