Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wenlock and Mandeville

Today the people of Britain saw the below picture and in a rare display of national unity shrieked as one: WTF?
Why, of course it's Wenlock, the 2012 Olympic mascot, and Mandeville, his Paralympic counterpart. I don't know about you, but when I see these two misfits lumbering terrifyingly down the street, I'm going to think "well this clearly encapsulates the spirit of the Olympic Games!"

What's that weird orange blob atop the head of eitherWenlockorMandevillelikeitmatters, you ask? Apparently it's a light in the style of those found on the Hackney carriage taxi for which London is so famous! And what better way to replicate the indication that a cab is for hire than by mounting a weird clitoris-type thing on top of a one-eyed maniacal monster, and sending him out to play with children.

And what's with the cyclops thing? Apparently that is not only an eye but also a LENS, which is a nod to the digital / webcam / iPhone generation. Groovy! It also signifies that the figures may be turned into cameras and camcorders when they go commercial in July. Needless to say, I think I'll stick with my trusty Canon, thanks.

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