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London Olympics mascots: menacing or magic?

Updated: July 23, 2012, 5:59 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Sinister. Disturbing. Creepy. Frightening.

The official mascots of London's Olympic and Paralympic Games -- Wenlock and Mandeville -- have been called all of those things, but organizers are hoping to tack on a more positive title: merchandising magic.

The futuristic-looking pair have popped up all over London, casting their one-eyed gaze at tourists and locals alike from posters, statues and a slew of Olympic merchandise ranging from key chains to cutlery.

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