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Quintuple
05-20-2010, 12:31 AM
OK, everyone vote for the best and the worst mascot in history!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_and_Paralympic_mascots

Hmm, not complete. Maybe we can work on that?

I've never been much of a wikipedia editor, but I have corrected some placements and nationalities in Olympics gymnastics results!

Ah, this is better. (http://www.hickoksports.com/history/olmascots.shtml) This one too. (http://www.thoughts.com/suosu/blog/the-history-of-the-olympic-mascots-ap-58293/)

Quintuple
05-20-2010, 12:37 AM
Oh crap, Leo and Merly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leo_and_merly.jpg) from THIS YEAR'S Youth Olympics look like stoned, drunk State Fair mascots from the early '70s. Creeeepy!

Lizzie - 2000 Paralympics (http://www.thoughts.com/blog/photos/21516) - now THAT's scary!

modern_muslimah
05-20-2010, 12:49 AM
I must be the only person who lurves these mascots. :shuffle: As soon as I saw them, I just wanted to hug them. C'mon, you have to admit they're damn voidy! Those mascots are really creative and definitely stray from the (safe) norm.

I also like Lizzie. :shuffle:

Fergus
05-20-2010, 12:49 AM
Oh dear.

Couldn't they just pull some of the "Spitting Image" puppets out of storage? ;)

Dr.Siouxs
05-20-2010, 01:22 AM
They remind me a bit of Kang and Kodos (http://luciadelchiaro.blog.kataweb.it/files/2008/10/kang-e-kodos.jpg) sans tentacles.

ETA: I can sort of make out their genitals through the costume! :eek::eek: http://www.universalsports.com/photos/galleryid=473844.html#2012+london+olympic+mascots

IceAlisa
05-20-2010, 01:49 AM
:scream:

LadyNit
05-20-2010, 01:56 AM
They look like anthropomorphic 1990s parking meters. :scream:

Beefcake
05-20-2010, 01:59 AM
ETA: I can sort of make out their genitals through the costume! :eek::eek: http://www.universalsports.com/photos/galleryid=473844.html#2012+london+olympic+mascots
And BLUE is hung! :rofl:

Twice, it would appear.

Cloudy_Gumdrops
05-20-2010, 03:00 AM
:yikes: Those things are skary!

IceAlisa
05-20-2010, 03:09 AM
Mini Ice just saw these on the screen and said "Monsters, Inc.!"

I think the Monsters, Inc. monsters were mostly cute excepting Randall but these are just creepy.

Fergus
05-20-2010, 03:18 AM
And BLUE is hung! :rofl:

Twice, it would appear.

To make up for the one eye.

Anita18
05-20-2010, 09:55 AM
They look like anthropomorphic 1990s parking meters. :scream:
:rofl: Or Mike Wazowski in an auto detailing shop disaster.

This was my face when I first saw the pictures: :wideeyes:

Just....no. Who is ON this design committee and how can we tar and feather them? This is an utter disgrace. I don't think the Brits all have THAT bad a taste! :scream:

Autumm_wind
05-20-2010, 11:48 AM
I think they go well with the logo... :lol:

Doesn't matter I have high hopes regarding the opening ceremony. :)

letittwinkle
05-20-2010, 02:36 PM
I have yet to see anyone who likes those things. They're hideous and terrifying. I seriously think it was a conscious decision.

Rob
05-20-2010, 03:25 PM
Over time I think my least favorite are:

London 2010 things
Athens weird stubby headed children
Albertville star thing
Izzy
Torino Neve & Gliz


Faves are:

Vancouver esp Quatchi
Moscow Misha
Sarajevo Vucko
Montreal Amik
Nagano Snow Owls
Salt Lake

Clearly I like animal mascots, not human, abstract, or object/amorphous blob mascots.


Some press: http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20100520/london-olympics-mascots-100520/20100520?hub=World

Alternatives sent in to the Guardian by readers: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/gallery/2008/nov/07/olympicsandthemedia-marketingandpr?picture=339276178

I like #1 - the lion and unicorn. Cute.