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Humuhumu is presently in love with the Clangers. She has Clangers bedsheets, the Clangers DVD and a set of Clangers miniatures, all acquired from the BBC Shop clearance.

The episodes she loves most are centred around Granny Clanger. These include "The Curious Tunnel", in which Tiny and Small discover a tunnel that sucks things up and spits them out onto the surface of the planet, coincidentally where Granny is trying to have a peaceful moment to herself, and "The Knitting Machine", in which Major invents a knitting machine as a labour-saving device for Granny. (Granny is less appreciative of this than he expects.) I suspect the attraction is at least partly because Granny is a central figure in the Clangers' clan in the way that Humuhumu's grandmothers are not, due both to distance and personality types. Granny is embedded in the home lives of Tiny and Small, always there, knitting away, napping, caring and being cared for by the other family members.

The set of Clangers miniatures included: Tiny, Small, Mother, Major and Baby Soup Dragon. The set did not include: Granny and Soup Dragon. Soup Dragon can be purchased separately. The only way to acquire a Granny miniature, however, is to buy the Clangers Home Planet play set. I can afford to, and will do this for Humuhumu, but I find it most aggravating that the only way to acquire Granny is to spend about four times more than I spent on the set of other figures. Especially since all the other Clangers are available in pairs and individually as well.

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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2016-03-30 15:13 (UTC)
I tried introducing our eldest to the original Clangers (via Youtube, I think) but he wasn't very impressed. He likes the new version though. It was the same with new and old DangerMouse. More of my childhood memories dashed!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-04-01 14:09 (UTC)
I haven't watched a full episode of the old Clangers so don't have a good feel for the differences. Do you think they're substantial? Or is it just the HD/vivid colour gloss of the new?
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2016-04-01 16:53 (UTC)
It's partly the glossiness of the new, but also I think the pacing is better - or maybe just faster, and therefore more 21st century...
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[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2016-03-30 18:18 (UTC)
When I was about her age, I too was mad about Clangers and had Clangers wallpaper in my bedroom. Clangers figures were either not available in the early 1970s or too expensive—I don't know which—but my mum neatly solved this by using the wallpaper offcuts to make cardboard stand-up figures. I was also given a swanee whistle, so that I could make authentic Clanger noises. This was, of course, the most amazing thing ever in the history of the universe!

I always thought Major Clanger's inventions were awesome but I think my favourite character was the Soup Dragon. Forty years on, I have no recollection why.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-04-01 14:07 (UTC)
I need to get a swanee whistle for Humuhumu, stat!

The Soup Dragon's appearances are infrequent, byt always pivotal. *eyebrow raise*
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[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2016-04-01 16:00 (UTC)
I'm sure a swanee whistle (or slide whistle) shouldn't be too hard to track down.

Swanee whistle on Amazon

and on ebay
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[User Picture]From: thekumquat
2016-03-31 11:34 (UTC)
I watched all the original Clangers a couple years ago, and only a few of the new ones. I don't recall Granny from the originals, which might be why she didn't get
selected for a set, if the toy manufacturers didn't know about her.

Or could well be sexism/ageism. I'll spare you my rant on sexism in the Octonauts, both programme and toys...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-04-01 14:05 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure the toys being sold in the BBC shop were for the new series, in which Granny features heavily. So I suspect a deliberate marketing decision to exclude Granny.

The Octonauts annoy me because although I love how good they are at teaching an awful lot of biology/natural history without the children recognising it, the characters are horribly gender stereotyped. In fact I intervened when Humuhumu's older (male) cousin told her she couldn't be Pedro. I wasn't angry with him but furious with the show for making all the adventurous/leading characters obviously male. Grrr.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-04-01 14:09 (UTC)
Oh also, rant away if you like!
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