Pros: Soft and cuddly. Cute design.
Cons: Retired, can be hard to find.
Ty is well known for their line of various Beanie Babies that include animals and cartoon character. Many of them are collectors pieces and worth a decent amount of money while others are at the bottom of a child's toy box. Regardless of the owner and the intent, adults and children can enjoy these little furry friends. About 7-8 years ago I was given a Beanie Baby that has been sitting on my shelf ever since. This Beanie Baby is Congo the Gorilla.
Congo the Gorilla is a standard sized Beanie Baby that is about seven inches tall when it is in an upright position. He is made of poly-cotton fibers inside and out. He has been given small beads that sit in his hind quarters allowing him to sit. Congo's hair is smooth and shiny and has a satiny appearance to it. His body is colored and is contrasted with dark brown hand, feet, ears, and facial area. His face has been given eyes and a nose that are made from a hard plastic that sits firmly on the face. He has a smile on his face that has been made with an indentation. His eyebrows are extended outwards as is a real gorilla giving him the proper appearance. His hands and feet give the appearance of having a thumb and fingers. Each finger is not separately reflected rather they have been grouped together. Congo is soft and can provide a relaxing cuddle.
Congo was originally "born" on 11/9/96 and was retired at the end of 1998. A new un-retired Beanie Baby will run around $8 but this particular one is more since it has been retired. After doing some quick research online, he can be found for .99-$15 depending on the condition. If the tag is in mint condition in addition to Congo being clean and fur intact, the value is higher. Our Congo had his tag cut off long ago and would likely have a low value.
The poem that is associated with Congo the Gorilla is:
Black as the night and fierce is he on the ground or in a tree, strong and mighty as the Congo. He's related to our Bongo.
Congo the Gorilla is a cute Beanie Baby that looks great on a shelf. My 2-year old daughter likes to play with him as well when she is able to reach him. As he is dark colored he does not show any dust and requires only a wipe down with a damp towel every now and then to keep him looking lovely for the ladies. I would anticipate that it would be safe to wash him in a gentle cycle while enclosed in a pillow case, but it is much easier to give him a quick wipe down.
Beanie Babies are usually recommended for children 3 years of age or older however as long as pieces such as eyes and noses are firmly intact, a younger child should be safe to play with them. Their size and softness make them a nice stuffed animal to cuddle with.