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Mandeville

  • Object:

    Olympic Mascot

  • Place of origin:

    china (made)

  • Date:

    2010 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Golden Bear Products Ltd (manufacturer)
    iris (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    plush, plastic, embroidered

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Elgate Products Limited

  • Museum number:

    B.127-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Mandeville is the official Paralympic mascot for London 2012. The character features a camera lens for an eye, a taxi light on top of his head, and the three points on its head represent the Paralympic symbol.

Mandeville and Olympic mascot Wenlock were designed by London-based company iris, and inspired by a short story by children’s author Michael Morpurgo which told how they were formed by drops of steel in the production of the Olympic stadium. Aimed at children to promote London 2012, the mascots star in their own short film, have a social media presence and appear on a wide range of merchandise.

The name comes from Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, which held games that inspired the modern Paralympics.

Physical description

Plush toy, with two legs, long arms and a short pointed tail, with one large eye on front of head and three pointed spikes on back of head. Blue and silver-grey body with London 2012 and Paralympic logos embroidered on side. Pink and green details on head and side. There is a pink plastic watch on right arm. With card label attached to right hand and plastic hook through top.

Place of Origin

china (made)

Date

2010 (made)

Artist/maker

Golden Bear Products Ltd (manufacturer)
iris (designer)

Materials and Techniques

plush, plastic, embroidered

Marks and inscriptions

London

'Mandeville / Paralympic mascot / Soft Toy / 3+ YRS'
'Thankyou for purchasing this London 2012 Official Licensed Product. / Manufactured under license by Golden Bear Products Ltd.'
'Find more London 2012 products online at London2012.com/shop'

Dimensions

Height: 455 mm, Width: 36 cm hand to hand, Depth: 18 cm, Height: 176 mm, Width: 415 mm, Depth: 242 mm

Descriptive line

Mandeville, plush toy. Official mascot of London 2012 Paralympic games.

Materials

Plush; Plastic

Techniques

Stuffing; Sewing; Embroidery

Categories

Soft toys; Character merchandise; Olympics

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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