I didn't even know there were mascots!

Published June 22, 2010

We all know that when it comes to design, the 2012 Olympics seems to be a big ball of fail.

London 2012 logo


We’ve had a while to get used to that pink and green disaster, though. The latest addition to the 2012 branding line-up was the mascots. Firstly, I didn’t know there were Olympic mascots anyway. Is this just a host country thing? Why do we need mascots? Secondly, they’re quite scary.

Wenlock and Mandeville

Why do they only have one eye? And why do they have taxi lights on their heads? Can we climb on their backs and get a ride to somewhere in London? Did they take The Knowledge?

Even their names: Wenlock and Mandeville. Quite odd. I stumbled across this video which attempts to introduce us to them properly.

I have to admit that the video makes me like them a tiny bit more. Seeing them attempt to do the sports they are mascotting(?) for is quite amusing. But they come from steel, and they disappear off onto a rainbow, abandoning the children that took them in and looked after them. Seems a bit unfair to me.

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