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SCIENTIST APES

Mego released four scientist apes from the Planet of the Apes franchise: Cornelius, Galen, Zira, and Dr. Zaius.

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Cornelius was released on both the Type 1 and Type 2 ape body. His outfit is supposed to be green, but early examples can range from brown to orange to yellow.

Cornelius
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Pictured Above: Type 1 Cornelius with Standard Green Outfit (Left), Early Brown Outfit (Middle Left), Early Orange Outfit (Middle Right), and Rare Early Yellow Outfit (Right)

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Pictured Above: Type 1 Cornelius with Standard Green Outfit

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Pictured Above: Early Type 1 Cornelius with Brown Outfit

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Pictured Above: Early Type 1 Cornelius with Orange Outfit

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Yellow Cornelius

Pictured Above: Early Type 1 Cornelius with Yellow Outfit

I purchased my yellow outfit Cornelius on eBay in 2023. The entire outfit is bright yellow from top to bottom, inside and out. There is a paper Mego tag sewn into the inside of the shirt. The outfit most likely started out as green and faded to yellow from 50 years of heat and humidity, similar to yellow sleeves/shorts Removable Mask Robin and yellow leggings Aquaman.
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Pictured Above: eBay Auction Photos

Cornelius's leather chest plate and arm bands can range in color from dark brown to maroon.

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Pictured Above: Brown Chest Plate (Left) and Maroon Chest Plate (Right)

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Pictured Above: Type 1 Cornelius with Standard Green Outfit and Maroon Chest Plate/Arm Bands

Some Type 2 Cornelius figures have green metallic green hair paint instead of brown.

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Pictured Above: Type 2 Cornelius with Metallic Green Hair

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Pictured Above: Brown Hair Cornelius (Left) and Metallic Green Hair Cornelius (Right)

Foreign Releases
Cornelius was produced and sold by Mego distributor Cipsa in Mexico. Unlike his American counterpart, the Mexican Cornelius did not come with pants.

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Pictured Above: Cipsa Cornelius (Left) and Mego Cornelius (Right)

Cornelius was distributed in Japan by Bullmark. The figure is a standard Type 1 figure.

Bullmark Cornelius
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Pictured Above: MIB Bullmark Cornelius

Galen
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Galen is identical to Cornelius, but with green painted ears.

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Pictured Above: Cornelius with Brown Ears (Left) and Galen with Green Ears (Right)

Zira
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Like Cornelius, early Zira figures can have brown clothing instead of green.

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Some brown Ziras have been found with a slit sewn into the skirt.

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Pictured Above: Regular Zira Skirt (Left) and Skirt with Slit (Right)

Some later Zira figures have green metallic green hair paint instead of brown.

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Pictured Above: Brown Hair Zira (Left) and Metallic Green Hair Zira (Right)

Zaius
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Dr. Zaius was released on both the Type 1 and Type 2 ape body.

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Pictured Above: Type 1 Dr. Zaius

Some early Dr. Zaius figures have an orange shirt instead of brown, and black superhero style boots instead of the regular hieroglyph boots.

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Orange Zaius

Pictured Above: Early Type 1 Dr. Zaius with Orange Shirt and Black Superhero Style Boots

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Pictured Above: Early Orange Shirt (Left) and Standard Brown Shirt (Right)

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Pictured Above: Early Superhero Style Boot (Left) and Standard Hieroglyph Boot (Right)

Type 2 Dr. Zaius figures can have blonde hair instead of orange.

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Blonde Zaius

Pictured Above: Type 1 Dr. Zaius with Orange Hair (Left) and Type 2 Dr. Zaius with Blonde Hair (Right)

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Pictured Above: Type 2 Dr. Zaius with Blonde Hair

Pictured Above: Dr. Zaius Figures on Display

Foreign Release
Dr. Zaius was produced and sold by Mego distributor Cipsa in Mexico. Unlike his American counterpart, the Mexican Dr. Zaius did not come with pants.

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Pictured Above: Cipsa Dr. Zaius

Pictured Above: Cipsa Dr. Zaius (Left) and Mego Dr. Zaius (Right)

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