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The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) had better run for cover and batten down the hatches - if intial reaction to its official 2012 mascots is anything to go by. The 2012 Olympics logo Following the Lisa Simpson blowjob logo debacle, and subsequent epilepsy-inducing animated footage scandal, Locog was …

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At least they are consistent with the logo

Stubby, floppy, one-eyed trouser snakes seem quite appropriate to the 2012 endeavour.

I suspect they were modelled on objects growing out of the designers' heads.

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Re: At least they are consistent with the logo

From the side one of them strongly look as if it's been modelled on Sonic Hedgehog.

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Sonic the hedgehog...?

Perhaps mixed with the "1" binomes from Reboot.

Remember Reboot, kids? Google it.

Wonder how much it cost them to come up with that pish then?

Steven R

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Hey, they DO look like binomes!

You're not wrong.

Man, ReBoot was awesome. That's why I "acquired" every episode. ;-)

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Happy

Hurrah!

It's not just me then!

I await the copyright lawsuit with baited breath!

Steven R

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Actually

I think these mascots are the best thing about the Olympics so far.

Which says a lot.

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Happy

A pair of one-eyed monsters

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/sport/sport-headlines/the-mascot-nightmares-begin-201005202749/

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(already ducking)

Then again, he adds "This is one of the most advanced nations on earth", which, just maybe, is enough to disqualify whatever judgement he would be willing to impart on just about anything at all, right?

With love, from Paris (as in France)...

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Whine made from sour grapes?

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WTF?

Pilloried

I couldn't have put it better than the Daily Mash who nailed them quite succinctly with the following quotation:

"The names sound like a pair of prostitute-murdering opium addicts from the 1880s and they look like the Tellytubbies' abusive uncles."

Better still is the CCTV-themed pillory currently adorning the b3ta.com front page.

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WTF?

Kang & Kodos?

At least they are continuing the Simpsons theme...

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Mandeville?

Sounds like the bastard offspring of Peter Mandelson and Cruella DeVille.

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You!

You read my mind!!

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Hereby rechristened...

"Hemlock and Mandleson" - the one being famous as the means by which one of the worlds great philosophers was killed for speaking his mind, and the other being memorable as a type of poison for which there appears to be no antidote.

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I Like 'em. My boy will like 'em

Even though Bolton is cotton town not a steel town and that Olympic girder is obviously a pipe.

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ahem

Bolton may be a cotton town, but the steel for the stadium is from Watson Steel in Horwich. Hence the link with the mascots.

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/1970386.watson_steel_helping_create_olympic_stadium/

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Anonymous Coward

Are they that bad?

These things are always shit. I'm not sure these are any shitter.

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Everyone expected one eye for 2012 ZION

Messi ad Dajjal has one eye, but Allah has two eyes (like Adam).

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Ugh... but I imagined it would be worse

The theme is consistent - they've played the "yoof" card all along and the stupid grafitti logo lent itself to these... mascots. Before they were unveiled, I was thinking we would get a Poochy the Dog from the Simpsons. At least they're not as bad as that.

Overall: meh. But has anyone ever liked any mascot post- age 8?

At least we have the Olympics, though. Really.

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All aboard the fail train...

WOOO WOOO

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How appropriate

London's mascot represents two walking CCTV's...

Remember citizen, big brother is always watching you...

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Actually...

...I don't think these are half bad.

OK, a plush version of Goatsy or Santa being buggered by Rudolph would have been better that the 2012 logo but as Olympic mascots go it's probably one of the better ones.

Take a look at someone's idea of "The Top 10 Coolest Olympic Mascots" - http://inventorspot.com/articles/the_top_10_coolest_olympic_mascots_16307

I for one would take Statler and Waldorf, or whatever their names are over Waldi, the 1972 Munich mascot (#6).

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The eyes! The eyes!

I think they look OK, and more imaginative than some Disneyfield fluffy animal mascot. But having a giant camera inside their heads? Thats the sort of really sinister thinking that should have been left in Beijing.

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stupidity personified

these two things are ridiculous, give any 5 year old a box of crayons and he/she would have come up with a way better mascot and it wouldn't have cost the taxpayer a riduclous sum of money. the designers must be laughing all the way to they bank.

if this is any indication of how the actual games are going to be the olympics will show the world how detached Britain has become.

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One eye and a massive vagina!

Good use of our cash then.

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It worked for Labour...

That is all.

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Right. Fuck off. So there.

Seriously, fuck off, the lot of you. This British obsession with deriding itself ad infinitum is becoming as tedious as hell. Yes, the logo is dreadful. Absolutely dire. But these, simply, are not. They're imaginative and different, and most importantly kids love them (for it is children who will be buying the merchandise).

The logo made it easy to bash the games. If they'd had a better design for that, these mascots would have gotten nowhere near the grief they're getting now. What did you want? A lion? Possibly named 'Leo'? Maybe a Trafalgar Square pigeon shitting on everyone? Show some imagination.

Grow up, support your games, or refer to my original instruction. Pick one.

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totally agree !!!

my lad will definately love these... They look like the crappy "gogo" pieces of plastic that him and all his mates seem to love - personally i can't see the point of them !!

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Agreed

That's exactly what I thought they looked like. Both my son and my daughter love gogo's - personally, I don't "get it", but what the hell, they go seem to get it, and they enjoy playing with them.

To all the "grown up's" (inverted comma's intentional) who are saying this is crap, well welcome to the world of adulthood. These aren't for you, they are for kids. They are not designed to be understood by you, they are designed to be understood by kids. Your parents warned you this would happen to you as you got older, and now it has.

Kids will love these things, that's the bottom line. Adults will probably hate them, or at least not get why their kids love them, or just not understand if they don't have kids but, frankly, no-one really cares about your opinion of the mascots. They are for the kids, end of.

PS: I bet all these whingers are the same people who push kids out of the way at Disney Land so they can be first to hug Mickey Mouse.

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Oh, see...

"Maybe a Trafalgar Square pigeon shitting on everyone? "

You nailed it right there...

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Hang on just a damn minute....

Jimmy, when did it become compulsory to support the Olympic Games?

They are a bloated parody of the original idea, designed by committee to ensure a constant flow of funds from gullible, self-important politicians the world over. And on that basis, they succeed admirably.

As a symbol of hope where all nations come together in a spirit of cheerful, friendly competition, they are a massive, over-hyped, irritating, dumbed-down FAIL. I for one feel only sympathy for the poor athletes who deserve better after all their efforts.

Still, that's just my opinion. Oh, and the mascots are shite, too, but as someone already said earlier, no more so than we should have expected.

GJC

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Trafalgar Square pigeon

The pigeon would bear the colours of those representatives of the Britards who decided that the Olympic circus/lockdown would take place in London in 2012, wasting tons of taxpayer cash on the IOC gravy train. Maybe the games will make that money back - I wonder if the Greeks made any money on it - or maybe what the country needs is real inspiring stuff that achieves something, not some back-slapping "celebration" where everyone is wondering the whole time whether everyone involved is taking performance-enhancing pharmaceuticals.

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What children really draw

Check out

http://www.drawergeeks.com/Kid_Creatures/Kid_Creatures.html

By all means let some kids draw pigeons, Nelson, the lions, Eastenders cast, etc. and let an artist get to work on the results. Story? The story is the games which shouldn't be about merchandising. These things should be souvenirs for those who go to the games but I can feel a massive turd of a CBeebies series based on these failed bollocks.

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Dear Jimmy, your post has been reported...

...to Speak You're Branes.

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Now that's original

Geek opinion on the Intertubes is divided as to whether the designers were "inspired" by the Binomes from the CGI TV show "ReBoot", or the Dingbots from Phil and Kaja Foglio's web-comic "Girl Genius".

I have a small bet that at some point either Mainframe (who produced the show) or the Foglios will be sued by the Olympic committee for retroactive plagiarism.

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Committee?

Oh my gosh, they are shit aren't they? They look far more like the product of a committee rather than children to my amateur eye. Would it be too late to change them now? Something like the Sydney mascot perhaps:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatso_the_Fat-Arsed_Wombat

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Embarrassing!

I'm glad I'm not British: that's just embarrassing.

I really hope they're just getting all the problems out of the system before the actual games kick off and everything about the actual sport goes like clockwork

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@AC

So you're not British, where ARE you from and let's have a look at YOUR countries last Olympic mascot...

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@MJ17

North Korea. And your point is?

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Odd...

..I just see a couple of wierd looking bottle openers...must get new glasses...

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Obviously stolen from World of Warcraft...

http://www.spinksville.com/

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Well, I like 'em.

The logo's still shit, but these are a lot better than I thought they would be. Far better than yet another fluffy fucking lion in a running kit or whatever that prick in the Torygraph would have preferred.

I like the names too. Event mascots that sound like bit-parters from the League of Extraordinary Gentleman are long overdue. They also have a good connection to the UK's Olympic/Paralympic past (Much Wenlock games, Stoke Mandeville).

Nice.

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@Murphy's Lawyer

Nope, no way they're as cool as dingbots. Something a dingbot might take to pieces, perhaps? With extreme prejudice?

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Critical Criticism

Can I have Stephen Bayley's job? I can disapprove of everything on demand for good money. Here's a quote from his Wikipedia entry: "He is also still so bitter about being dropped by the New Millennium Experience Company, that he is rolled out by the right wing press everytime they want to slag off a public project".

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So it is

Been there a day already and nobody could be bothered to revert the entry - must be true.

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Um, given the new laws on cartoon porn

If the one on the right is blue skinned, I find its clothing choice (reverse mankini?) rather questionable.

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They were always going to be hated

and they're *aimed* at children. Look at previous mascots and tell me they don't mostly look like teddy bears.

I don't think they're too bad, apart from the blue one looks like it's wet itself.

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Totally gormless

You can tell these were designed by a committee. Lifeless, unlovable, over calculated and completely forgettable.

And how much money did this cr*p cost us exactly?

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The type of tat that is soon to be transformed into shiny foil/plastic inflatable balloons in some East Asian sweatshop, ready for inflation and the relief of obscene amounts of parents' cash to satisfy the whiny desires of young visitors - well, until they let them float of into the path of a passing aircraft. Ashcloud permitting (of course).

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They represent modern kids...

Big-heads, square-eyes, no necks or shoulders, wide & round in the middle and with the athletisism and personality of a wet sponge.

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