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RockitRon



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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 4:04 pm    Post subject: Wenlock and Mandeville Reply with quote

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/olympics/london2012/7744654/London-2012-Olympic-mascots-Wenlock-and-Mandevilles-design-features-explained.html

A lot of thought has obviously gone into them.
Wenlock is named after the Wenlock Olympian Society. Wenlock means "white place"
Mandeville is a corruption of mandilion, a 16th century man's jacket, but the association is supposed to be Stoke Mandeville Hospital which specialises in treatment of spinal injuries.

So, what do we think of them? Cute, or something else beginning with C?
(Cyclops, for example)
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely not cute Ron.....................

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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 5:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Wenlock and Mandeville Reply with quote

RockitRon wrote:
"white place"
Mandeville is a corruption of mandilion, a 16th century man's jacket, but the association is supposed to be Stoke Mandeville Hospital which specialises in treatment of spinal injuries.


I wondered why that was chosen - I'm always alerted to the reference to Mandeville because our daughter was treated for Scoliosis at Stoke Mandeville. A marvellous hospital!

Not so sure about the mascots, though, buy hey - we appear to have got used to the Olympics 2012 logo after such a long time.
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a former toy designer who worked on the merchandise for the Manchester Commonwealth Games I can speak from experience when I say this is a massive cock-up (almost literally, if you look at the designs).

They are nice ideas, but as merchandise not especially cute. Two eyes would help, less shiny would also help a bit. But, basically, lots of unofficial bulldog/lion/bear toys will come out and sell by the truckload, leaving poor old W & M on the shelves. And the London Olympics won't get a penny!
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