wenlock mandeville london olympics 2010 mascots Olympics 2012: London's mascots Wenlock, Mandeville unveiled; what the heck are they?At first glance, London’s mascots for the 2012 Olympic games appear to be some kind of mini futuristic cyclops creatures.

So what exactly does that have to do with London?

Named Wenlock and Mandeville after small English towns, these one-eyed creations are based on a story by children’s author Michael Morpurgo in which they’re formed by a welder from the last drops of steel used to build the girders for the Olympic stadium in east London.

]]>said London 2012 organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe. “They want something they can interact with and something with a good story behind it.” And the Olympic committee is banking kids loving these odd-looking steel creatures, since the mascots will be an important revenue-generating tool. London Olympics chief executive Paul Deighton said the sale of mascots should raise 10-20 percent of London’s merchandising budget of $106 million. What do YOU think of London’s choice of mascots? Should they have gone with something more London-related — like the British bulldog, or a spin on Big Ben?
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