Monday, December 10, 2012

Tuesday From The Toybox - Planet Of The Apes



These are beautiful toys from a time when you could get a shit load of story accurate vehicles and backgrounds with your action figures. If you had them all you could recreate many Planet of the Apes adventures. This is one toy line that I would like to see again, now that another cycle of ape movies have started. I need a monkey riding a horse while pulling that catapult or a wagon of captured humans. That play image in my brain is glorious beyond measure to me.











 


 

9 comments:

Hobgoblin238 said...

Yeah I wish they would STILL make things like this. I mean hell...When did the last Star Wars playset come out? 2002 right?

Kal said...

I don't do Star Wars playsets but had a couple of those Micro Machines from the first of the sequels.

scottsz said...

Awesome pics. I had so damned many of these toys as a kid!

M. D. Jackson said...

Man, I miss my Planet of the Apes figures. Although I could never find Dr. Zaius or the Astronaut

david_b said...

I vividly remember when these hit the store pegs.. I had some chance to buy ONLY TWO Mego figures, so I found myself wondering whether to buy Joker and Riddler (having already had my removable mask Bats and Robin) or buying the ULTRA-COOL POTA figures, like Zaius and Cornelius.

Ended up not buying either, but that's how huge POTA toys was back in the day. I finally picked up a great looking vintage Galen and Burke just a few years back.

Great thing about the POTA toys, they could sell anything back then. I recall hearing about a warehouse who couldn't move all these plastic toy rifles (due to the 'anti-violence' sentiment at the time for toy companies...), thousands of 'em.

Then someone decided to package 'em with a cheap plastic Ape mask and slap a POTA sticker on them.

ZOOM they went..!!!

Kal said...

That makes sense. Those figures and sets are terrific.

Mikeyboy said...

Mego went all on on this one

david_b said...

I'm STILL amazed at how well Mego designed their early lines.. Just to have vividly accurate costumes..: POTA sleeves had what seemed like 'real fur', just how nice the outfits removable mask Bats and Robin were (ie, attention to detail on Robin's removable shoes..), the Mego Trek line, you name it.

Toy-wise, it was like landing in technicolor Oz when those first came to stores. Utterly fantastic.

Mego's like Zaius, the Klingon and Spiderman STILL look amazingly cool today.

For what little we all had back then, they were definitely the exception.

Kal said...

And they actually age well. My Spiderman looks just like it did the week I got it despite dragging it all over the world.