Tom Neely(IG: @iwilldestroytom) and a few friends created a small 'Zine back in 2006. Those quickly turned into a 66 page collection of comics that were published in 2009. The premise of the comic is explained in the beginning: “Henry and Glenn are very good 'friends.' They are also 'room mates.' Daryl and John live next door. They are satanists.” What follows is made up of ultra-metal violence, cryfest diary entries, cringing self-doubt, and mega-hilarious emo-meltdowns. Who knew Glenn was such a vulnerable, self-conscious sweetie-pie? Who knew Henry was such a caring spouse? It’s hardcore. It’s hilarious. It’s a true testament to the power of love to overcome even the biggest, manliest egos of our time.
2018 marked the creation of Rocom Toys(IG: @rocom) with its debut soft vinyl robot, Death Jaguar. After a successful Kickstarter and hundreds of toys sold, Rocom set out to plan his next toy release. After some talks with Tom Neely, the idea of Japanese Robot renditions of Henry & Glenn became an instant obsession. Tom quickly started brainstorming concept sketches and within just days, Kotetsu Henry-138 and Astro Glenn were born.
The sculpts for these toys were made meticulously to stay true to Tom's initial sketches and also reflect the 1960s anime they're inspired from. They're truly an embodiment of punk rock and the anime they pay homage to.
The Henry vinyl toy stands at 9" tall and has 5 points of articulation. It will come with swap-out fists and open hands as well as a wearable Battle Helmet. 360-Turnaround video of the toy and battle helmet are shown below.
The Glenn vinyl toy stands at 5.75" tall and has 3 points of articulation. Designed by Tom Neely and sculpted by Stephan Ehl from Paper Mechanic. 360-Turnaround video of the toy is shown below.
Soft vinyl toys can take over a year to make, but we are on track to get rewards to all backers in about 6-8 months. We have our current production schedule outlined below. We will make sure to update everyone as we move along the toy making process.
VINYL TOY SETS AND PAINTED EDITIONS
None of this is possible without your help! Please back this project or share with a friend that may be interested. Whether it's $1, $25, or $300, there's some great rewards when backing this project. From a Kickstarter exclusive postcard set, the hardcover edition of the book, to custom hand-painted toys and original art by Tom Neely. All of the fantastic rewards are detailed below!
If we are lucky enough to get this project funded, we have some really fun rewards planned for stretch goals. A special edition helmet for Kotetsu Henry-138, glow in the dark blank toy sets, and special edition colorways are just some of the options to unlock!
Risks and challenges
There are plenty of things that could delay the production of a toy project. However, we intend to make sure everything runs smoothly and that all backers get their rewards on time. Our first toy was thankfully produced with very few delays and most rewards ended up shipping earlier than expected. We aim to do the same this time around. We appreciate every dollar that helps to make these toys a reality and will make sure they all work towards getting you the best Henry & Glenn vinyl toys we can make.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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