The two astronauts, Colonel Alan Virdon (Ron Harper) and Major Peter J. Burke (James Naughton), go back to their ship to check the ship's chronometer. They are more than 1000 years in the future from when they left Earth. Virdon insists on retrieving the ship's flight log in the hopes that they will be able to analyze it and be able to return to their own time period, but while they are at the ship, they are captured, and the old man is subsequently killed by a group of apes.
Galen (Roddy McDowall, who played Cornelius and Caesar in most of the film versions) finds the human book that the old man had been carrying. He reads parts of the book and begins to doubt the history that he has been told: apes have always been dominant, and humans have always been inferior and subservient.
Soldier Ape was the 'all-purpose Gorilla' of Mego's first line of Ape figures. The original Planet of the Apes movie, on which the entire first line was based, had many identically clad Gorillas who functioned as hunters, soldiers, police, and laborers. With no specific role model, "Soldier Ape" seemed an appropriate enough name.
This 1964 Mego manufactured figure is 7 1/2" tall and is a soldier ape in Galen/Cornelius' clothing - for the Galen outfit, he is only missing shoes. I suspect the reason why the Soldier Ape was dressed in Galen's/Cornelieus' clothing is due to the quick deterioration of the original Soldier Ape uniforms. The vinyl, which made up most of their tunic, tended to crack and break down over the years.
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