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Olympic Mascot - Lekki

Lekki

  • Object:

    Olympic Mascot

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    c.1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Landor Associates (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    plush, stuffed
    felt, stuck
    card, printed
    plastic, moulded

  • Museum number:

    B.144-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This brightly coloured stuffed toy is one of a group of four that make up the ‘Snowlets’, the official mascots of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games.

500,000 Snowlets were produced between 1996 and 1998, but once the Games started they sold out very quickly, becoming sought-after collectors’ items as well as children’s toys. As well as plush toys, T shirts and tea towels featuring the owlets were popular.

Owls were chosen for their associations with wisdom, and the names of the characters, Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki, together spell out ‘Snowlets’.

Physical description

Turquoise and yellow stuffed synthetic plush toy of squarish shape with short wings. Black embroidered smile, black felt feet and large yellow felt eyes with black pupils. Green braided thread comes out of top of head, with plastic sucker at one end. Card merchandising tag, printed with Nagano emblem and Olympic rings, attached with plastic fastener.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

c.1998 (made)

Artist/maker

Landor Associates (designers)

Materials and Techniques

plush, stuffed
felt, stuck
card, printed
plastic, moulded

Marks and inscriptions

JOC and NAOC Official Olympic Products

Dimensions

Height: 8 cm, Width: 10 cm, Depth: 6 cm

Descriptive line

Lekki, small turquoise and yellow plush toy, produced before 1998.

Materials

Synthetic; Card; Plastic

Techniques

Sewing; Stuffed

Categories

Dolls & Toys; Sport

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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