25 April 2008

2008 Olympic Papercraft Mascots

The Fuwa or "good luck dolls" in Chinese are the official mascots for the 2008 Summer Olympics being held in Beijing. They were designed by Han Meilin and consist of five members. They are Beibei (blue), Jingjing (black), Huanhuan (red), Yingying (yellow?) and Nini (green) - like other mascots before them, each one represents a color from the five Olympic Rings. I'm not sure about Yinying though, one of the official colors is yellow, but he looks more orange to me. Probably a result of China flexing its muscle again, defiant as always.

The designer calls himself paperpop and makes his home at the cardmodel site (China). He has released the first (Beibei) of the five Olympic papercrafts and would continue to do so on the 24th of each month until all five mascots are done, with the last one being on the actual end date of the Olympic games.

Don't forget to bookmark and come back on the scheduled release dates:
BeiBei - April 24 (Available Now), JingJing - May 24, HuanHuan - June 24, YingYing - July 24, NiNi - August 24.

2008 Olympic Papercraft Mascots

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  1. I think you should include this bit of info in your post (taken from wikipedia):

    The cute Fuwa group consists of five members according to the traditional five elements: Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini. Each of the five names is designed to look like a plausible name for a small child, while also achieving a more complex task: when the first syllable of each name is put together, it sounds nearly identical to the phrase "北京欢迎你 Běijīng huānyíng nǐ" which means "Beijing welcomes you".

    Two of the five mascots represent members of endangered species – Jingjing the giant panda and Yingying the Tibetan antelope. The other three, Beibei, Huanhuan and Nini, represent the fish, the Olympic Flame and the swallow respectively.

  2. Thanks for the valuable info., I'll be sure to keep it here in the comments section. I'm actually avoiding the wiki route, Google doesn't like duplicates, if you know what i mean.

  3. That's good and all, but I'm quite positive that the colours for the traditional Chinese elements (those of taoism) are: azure, vermillion, white, black, and yellow - so as far as the colours go, it still does not match up.

  4. These guys are so cute, but my computer doesn't like them. Am I missing a program needed to view the download? Has anyone else had this problem?

  5. @ladystardust

    Can you give us more details on the problem or error that you're encountering so we can help you

  6. @ ron

    I have a mac, so I don't know if that makes a difference. The files will download, but as blank pages with nothing on them.

  7. I'm not sure how were going to fix that one, I could however send the files directly. Please use the contact form so I could e-mail it to you privately.


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