Your Olympic nightmares, the 2012 edition


69 Responses to “Your Olympic nightmares, the 2012 edition”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Those aren’t actually that bad. For truly excellent olympics, you need the mascot to be something scruffy and supposed-to-be-plush from a scruffy 70s soviet local tractor-tyre eating event.

  2. Antinous / Moderator says:

    It would have been funnier if they named them David and Nick.

  3. CharlesSpongeworth says:

    They look like Kang and Kodos from the Simpsons, dressed either to star in a pop video or to go jogging.

  4. lib says:

    it’s a pity the blue one wet its pants like that.

  5. hbl says:

    Having read the BBC article that accompanied their unveiling the other day, as well as the TV news spots that followed later in the day, I gleaned three things.

    1. All reports I saw/read couched the unveiling in no uncertain terms that all Olympic mascots that have ever come before them have been unmitigated crap and that one should lower one’s expectation drastically before passing judgement.

    2. In explaining these creatures, the breathless advertising company tasked with their creation, said that their mono-eye was a camera. All the above references to CCTV and what that means in modern Britain are 100% correct. Our opening ceremony won’t be anything like the Chinese one, because we can’t organise, but we sure as hell can watch.

    3. The decision to have the mono-eye as a camera was explained thus: They appear to have a single central eye, explained as a camera lens, through which they’ll see the world, and respond to it. So… like AN EYE then?

    Well at least we have Beckham to do some keepy up during the opening and closing ceremonies.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I for one welcome our shiny, one-eyed, lobster-clawed overlords.

  7. VrtclSmile says:

    Theory disproven by Atlanta’s goofball mascot, Izzy. Worst Olympics ever, in-the-running-for-worst mascot:

  8. pjcamp says:

    You’ve gotta go a long way down to be worse than Izzy (

    London should be sponsored by John Barleycorn.

    I hear he must die.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Binomes from reboot was my first thought, too. I don’t know what you guys are talking about – these mascots are excellent. The SyFy channel must be extremely disappointed they didn’t get hold of them first.

  10. Fef says:

    Un Bottle Opener Andalou.

  11. SteveT says:

    I saw these things on the tv yesterday.
    A couple of statuettes, all shiny and abstract – reminded me a bit of something Jeff Koons might make….
    I kind of like them.


    • MadMolecule says:

      I kind of like them too. Then again, I like the logo as well, so I’m probably not to be trusted.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Right, so, where’s a nice part of the world that I can spend the summer of 2012? I figure if I save up now I should be able to get away for most of the bloody olympics.
    That or I find a job tending servers down a mineshaft or something for the duration.

    Anyway @Locien (#20), Badgers obviously, TB infested ones preferably :)

  13. Glastafarian says:

    The blue one has put his assless chaps on the wrong way around!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Mandible and Wedlock

    Interesting choice for mascots. Rather remind me of the Java mascot Duke, twisted into hideousness.

    Don’t think I’ll ever be able to shake the Lisa Simpson reference now that I’ve read it.

  15. Gillagriene says:

    So no one else thinks the orange one looks like it’s making an angry frowny face? I keep looking at it and wondering what it’s so mad about…

  16. turthalion says:

    Alpha Centauri? Is that you?

    Alpha Centauri from The Curse of Peladon Doctor Who serial.

  17. A New Challenger says:

    Naturally, b3ta are having a field day with this.

  18. Trent Hawkins says:

    I’m hoping that the real mascot (a Dalek) will roll in during the opening ceremonies and kill these two.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I think W&M are full of AWESOME! I’m tired of the Disneyfied force fed animé-cuteness that is mandatory to satisfy a marketers mandate.

    These guys are fun and original. I haven’t been this excited about an Olympic mascot since the unofficial 1968 Winter Olympic mascot of Shuss!

    But as they say, Haters gotta hate!

  20. Stefan Jones says:

    “Animals are cute. People like ‘em. Okay, maybe not coyotes so much.”

    Hey! I’ll take coyotes over bears and bunnies any day.

  21. Rob Beschizza says:

    How hard would it have been to have a fucking fox or lion?

    • Chris Tucker says:

      “The Wind In The Willows”, one of the quintessential British novels has several animal characters. Mole, Water Rat, Mr. Badger, the Otter family.

      So, if one uses the book as inspiration, one could create new characters, I’m sure.

      Two lumps of animated cyclopian steel.

      Where’s UNIT when they’re needed?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Or a fox fucking a lion.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I agree, they definitely look like binomes from Reboot!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I really hate all these mascots, cuddly or sharp.

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if the Olympics on the strength of men and women excelling the height of sport and competition.

    But nope.

  24. theawesomerobot says:

    Well, at least it will be awesome when Ultraman flies in and kicks their asses.

  25. Noodle says:

    These are the embodiment of a committee.

  26. Ugly Canuck says:

    I too like these goofball things.

  27. ausPPC says:

    I’m with #32 – it’s Kang and Kodos in encounter suits. Hmmm – and that pic looks like they’re about to hold hands (see Treehouse of Horror VII).

  28. Zergonapal says:

    Clearly the add agency mistakenly sent them the mascots for the 3012 R’lyeh Olympics.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I love the Brits and the fact that the Olympics are there in 2012 BUT more and more I am having serious doubts about these Games

    1. The LOGO – can we say Maggie Simpson giving head!!

    2. That godawful sculpture they debuted awhile back which is going sit somewhere in Olypic Park

    3. and now this with the mascots. I have never understood WHY mascots are needed!! I don’t think I have seen one mascot for any Olympics that was noteworthy!!

    4. I cringe at what they are going to come up with for medal designs….

  30. Brainspore says:

    Wow, they actually got some mascots that live up to the logo design.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Plus the UK outsourced all steel production to Lakshmi MIttal. Who also gets namechecked for the horrible official Olympics statue/structure.

  32. mgfarrelly says:

    So do you think it was intentional that the family these monsters live with resemble the “Other Mother” from Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline”?×332-12845.jpg


  33. Alkwerte says:

    One big eye, two legs, thank god they don’t have any fur !
    I just can’t explain the lobsters arms.

  34. MrJM says:

    I’ve watched enough British tv to know that these so-called “mascots” are up to something sinister and can only be thwarted by the Doctor.

    To the TARDIS!

  35. Znaps says:

    Woah woah woah… We still had heavy industry as recently as 30 years ago, rather than a hundred.

    Until Margaret Thatcher got her claws into everything, though.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Let’s be frank: These look like they’re monsters from Kikaider.

  37. Boba Fett Diop says:

    Summon Ultraman!

  38. Anonymous says:

    Kang and Kodos?

  39. Anonymous says:

    What’s wrong with John Bull?

  40. Lobster says:

    I’m kind of amazed we’ve gone this far and no one’s mentioned that they look like robot penises, one of them wearing the infamous Lisa Simpson Blowjob logo.

  41. Paul says:

    As usual, The Daily Mash has an excellent take on the mascots –

    “Emma Bishop, a mother of two from Finsbury Park, said: “The names sound like a pair of prostitute-murdering opium addicts from the 1880s and they look like the Tellytubbies’ abusive uncles.”

    “What we’ve got here is two giant, damaged teeth, each with a massive, psychotic eye and razor sharp claws. And the blue one seems to be using bright, friendly colours to draw attention to his genital area.

    “So these things – designed specifically for children – are basically lobster-clawed pervert monsters that remind them of the dentist. Bravo.”

    • Church says:

      ” “So these things – designed specifically for children – are basically lobster-clawed pervert monsters that remind them of the dentist.”

      Don’t be silly. These are the British Olympics.

  42. Tarasbulbasaur says:

    Well, I like that they seem to be crapping rainbows.

  43. civilwarnascar says:

    all-seeing eyes? rainbow birth-ritual?
    Let the MKultra Psy-ops begin!

  44. MelSkunk says:

    really, they’re dreadful. And what’s with the names? And the single eyes?

    Then again, a lot of people hated the adorable 2010 mascots too when they first came out :P

  45. TK says:

    I’d say Lord Coe is pretty hypocritical. In the article, he stated that kids didn’t want soft, fluffy furry mascots but instead a mascot with a story.

    “The message we were getting was that children didn’t want fluffy toys,” (source: )

    “”Children told us a number of things: they weren’t that sold on furry animals and they actually wanted a story.” (source: )

    Yet in this video of an interview, he stated that there will be soft and fluffy toys available! (watch at the end just around a minute mark)

    “They will be cuddly, they will be fluffy and they will be soft.”


  46. Wrye says:

    I think the 2010 mascots were disliked at first because they seemed too calculatedly cute and commercial, almost like Pokemon characters. That’s not a criticism I would level at these…these…wait, they really are supposed to be steel ingots? That’s not a snarky joke?

    Okay MrJM, you’re exactly right. I’m not sure which sinister force is behind this campaign, but it’s gonna take a lot of sonic screwdriving to get the human race out of this one…

  47. alowishus says:

    I only remember one Olympics. I had a big crush on one of the Russian track stars. Really. She was extra cute. If she was a she, that is . . .

  48. Anonymous says:

    HAHA. They look like CCTV cameras. How unintentionally ironic.

  49. Locien says:

    Does Britain even have enough charismatic fauna to muse as mascots? There’s foxes, then, rabbits? Mice? I think there’s also ducks, pepper moths…
    Can an actual brit name some likely animal candidates that they could have used instead of the ingots? Because I can’t name any good ones but living in california knowing much about british wildlife isn’t something that I’ve come to develop very much. For all I know I could simply be lacking in knowledge, but until I have better verification, I can’t really say.

  50. asuffield says:

    Those are clearly two metal teeth. Metal teeth with eyes.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Oooh – they are actually CCTV cameras! To remind you … that you’re being watched … Always.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Look like a pair of CCTV cameras to me… Then again, that’s appropriate for today’s London.

  53. Egypt Urnash says:

    I ran ‘em through my patented de-chibification process and got two gay men with surveillance cameras for heads.

    Pretty appropriate, really.

  54. Anonymous says:

    I for one welcome our new Olympic overlords.

  55. binkt says:

    Another missed opportunity to have a hedgehog as a mascot.

  56. elguapostrikes says:

    Oh, they should have gotten the people behind Wallace and Gromit/Creature Comforts to do nice claymation mascots.

  57. Anonymous says:

    “Britain should have stuck with animals, like we did in 2002 (Salt Lake City), with the cheery, cartoony Hare, Coyote & Bear.” I could have sworn their names were Powder, Copper and Coal, reflecting SLC’s own pillage-prone natural resources.

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