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Collecting News


13/11: Get Set Mascots

Earlier this year, LOCOG ran a competition under their Get Set programme for schools to design a look for Wenlock or Mandeville which represented their local community or region. You can read more about the competition here.


30/10: New Christmas Pins and White Logo Pin

New Christmas pins were announced on Friday along with a new version of the white logo pin.

The Christmas pins show Wenlock slam-dunking a present into a stocking (similar to the US version), Mandeville carrying a snowball and a printed version of the snowman pin released last year.

24/10: IOC Poster and Logo Pins

London 2012 have announced the latest set of new pins. These are a series of pins which replicate the posters and logos of previous Olympic Games. They use artwork from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Museum in Lausanne.


17/10: Sainsbury's Pin

A new pin from Paralympics Sponsor - Sainsbury's has been spotted in at least two stores.

The pin has a blue background with a stylised portion of the Thames and a basketball and football to form the word 'London' along with a London skyline which helps form a '2012'. The paralympic logo is displayed on a gold background.


13/10: New US Retail Pins

It seems there's lots of activity in the US with new retail pins being launched. 8 new pins have been announced due for release shortly.

These pins use many of the themes we've seen already such as the crown and weather however the Stonehenge and Downing Street pins are a welcome addition to the range.

As for all the other US retail pins, these are only for sale and distribution within the USA. 

7/10: Two Sets of US Retail Pins

A quick scan across the internet today has revealed 2 more sets of pins being issued in the US for their retail market.

The first is a set of 2 pins available now to mark the Christmas period or Holiday season as its termed. The 2 pins show Wenlock slam-dunking a present into a basketball hoop (the same image used in LOCOG emails last Christmas) and another version of the snowflake design used in two separate pins in the UK last Christmas

5/10: McDonald's Pins

Over the weekend a few sellers on eBay have been advertising McDonald's London 2012 pins. There are 4 designs featuring the London 2012 logo with the McD Arches. 3 of the pins also feature London icons
of a Guard, Big Ben and a bus. They appear to be printed rather than enamel and no word on manufacturer.

2/10: New London 'Union Flag Landlines' Pins

London 2012 are releasing a new set of pins which merge the blue, green and pink brand colours with the London icons line drawings theme. They form a set called 'Union Flag Landlines' and consist of 9 pins showing landmarks and buses along with the Union flag.

10/8: Mascot Sports

More of the mascot sports pins are to be released.

Wenlock is shown trying the following sports... Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, BMX, Eventing, Mountain Biking, Modern Pentathlon (best pin yet?) Cycling, Running, Taekwondo, Trampoline and Triathlon.

10/8: Paralympic 1 Year To Go Pin

A pin is being issued for the Paralympic 1 Year To Go milestone on 29th August. This is the first and therefore only 'year' Paralympic countdown pin.

Issue size is 3,000 and the price is £6.50. It will be available in the next day or two.

9/8: More Retail Pins from USA

Another set of pins from Aminco have surfaced in mailings and on eBay. There are 8 pins as well as the 1 Year to Go pin announced previously. These new pins feature Wenlock, British icons and flags.

Once again these pins are made for the US market only and cannot be sold outside the USA.