I miss the days where random movies would warrant a series of action figures. Nowadays it seems that even big-budget character-driven movies go under the radar in the toy aisles (X-men First Class, anyone?). But the 1990's were a different story. It was actually pretty ridiculous how many movies got the action figure treatment. Congo is one of those lines that probably had a lot of people shaking their heads. I personally loved the book as a teenager and I really enjoyed the movie as a result. Congo is a story about an African expedition by a team of American scientists for rare impure diamonds (needed for some newly emerging laser technology). Their travels take them deep into the jungle where they encounter the remnants of a long-forgotten civilization "haunted" by ghostly monsters (spoiler: feral albino apes). It sounds a little hokey, but it's actually pretty clever and exciting. I don't really remember how well the movie portrayed the story, but I remember liking the visual of the ruins and the jungle a lot. Karen Ross was the leader of the expedition. Let's check her out below!
Karen comes with an "Ultra 'Laser' Cannon" and a Power Diamond. From what I recall, there aren't any laser cannons in the book, rather the impure diamonds are used as semiconductors for long-range communication devices... but a guess a 1980's cell phone wouldn't exactly be the exciting accessory the kids would be clamoring for.
The diamond can also fit into her obligatory yet functionless backpack peghole.
Time for a Comparison Pic!