After 16 years, toy makers Mattel have given childrens favourite Bob the Builder a new look.
Bob, follows in the footsteps of Fireman Sam, Postman Pat and Thomas the Tank Engine in receiving a make-over with Mattel stating that “The new series retains the emotional warmth that has always given Bob the Builder a firm place in the hearts of young viewers”
Having launched in 1998, Bob went on to spawn a collection of toys, books and even a number 1 single.
Mattel have indicated that the changes won’t end here. Next year they will introduce new characters, a new setting and new voice actors.
Lee Ingleby who played Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be the new voice of Bob, while Joanne Froggatt who plays Anna in Downton Abbey, will voice Wendy.
The internet has been reacting to the news:
I wonder what New Postman Pat, new Fireman Sam and New Dora make of it all!