Mascots and Puppets Specialists, or MAPS for short, is a company founded by puppeteer Frankie Malachi in 2004. Its aim is to raise the profile and awareness of puppetry as a valid medium and communication tool in the arts, media, and education, as well as to raise the standards of puppetry locally and internationally. Since its inception, MAPS has held true to that vision with a series of collaborations with arts groups, production houses, government bodies, artists, and writers.

Scope of work

  • Mascot Costumes
  • Puppets
  • Puppet Shows
  • Puppetry Productions

MAPS has created puppets and provided puppetry direction and consultation for a wide variety of arts groups and entities, including groups like Dream Academy Productions, STAGES, Players Theatre, Singapore Repertory Theatre, I-Theatre, Centre Stage School of the Arts, Oak3 Productions, and Singapore’s Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. Its puppets have been featured on Arts Central, MediaCorp’s Channel 5, Channel 8, and TVMobile. It has also produced puppets and mascots that were featured in film, stage and media projects including OKTO Channel, Oak3 Films, The Moving Visuals Company, Wawa Pictures, the Disney Channel and the Nickelodeon Channel, amongst many others.


MAPS produced the official mascots, Lyo and Merly, for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore. It also crafted the official mascot, Nila, for SEA Games 2015. Other unique creations include the 4m tall giant puppets produced for the National Day Parades.

Awards and Accolades

MAPS has received international recognition for its puppetry productions and projects. It was awarded the prize for Best Puppet Design at the Wayang World Puppet Carnival 2013, one of the largest international puppetry festivals in the world, amongst participants from 46 countries. It also garnered top honours at the Second International Marionette Festival 2010 in Hanoi, Vietnam, winning the Gold Award for Best Performance, the Gold Award for Best Artist (Individual) and the Special Award for Excellence in Puppet Design. Its giant puppets were featured in the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010 Opening Ceremony and Singapore’s National Day Parade 2009 and 2011.

International Puppet Carnival in Sarawak 2015

. Best Scenography and Best Carnival Show Award
. Conducted workshop for more than 300 puppeteers and was documented in Malaysia Book of Records

Wayang World Puppet Carnival 2013 – Jakarta, Indonesia

. Best Puppet Design Award (Festival)

Celebration of ASEAN Tradition Puppetry 2013

. Official Representative for Singapore

ASEAN Puppetry Festival 2012 – Singapore

. Festival Director (Creative)

ASEAN Puppetry Festival 2011 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

. Official Representative for Singapore

Asian Television Awards 2011 – Singapore

. ‘Witz’ (Oak3 Films) children’s programme using puppetry and mascots was nominated for Best Preschool Education Programme.

Second International Marionette Festival 2010 – Hanoi, Vietnam

. Gold Award for Best Performance (Top Prize, Festival)
. Gold Award for Best Artist (Individual)
. Special Prize for Excellence in Puppet Design