Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder is a BBC television animated series, filmed in the animation style of stop motion clay models. The main character, Bob, and his assistant named Wendy, ruin a construction company. Most of the other characters are living construction vehicles, such as the happy-go-lucky orange cement mixer named Dizzy, the shy and insecure crane lift named Lofty, and Travis the farm tractor. The show’s plots feature more repair than outright construction, which led to the catchphrase, usually spoken by Bob the Builder himself: “Can we fix it?” with the catchphrase reply, “Yes, we can!” The show started its original run in 1999, and has not yet stopped airing. It holds a sense of nostalgia for a generation of Britons and even international audiences.
Due to the show’s popularity, several toy companies had released licensed toy versions of Bob the Builder characters: BRIO created a racing set for Travis and Scoop the backhoe loader, Lego created a duplo or preschool extra-large block sets with Lego versions of the human characters and studded plastic replicas of the vehicle characters, both Hasbro and Learning Curve distributed plushie toys and action figures of Bob the Builder characters, and Character World recently attained the license to produce Bob the Builder themed bedroom sets.
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