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!
This memory was added on: October 14, 2007
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.