"From the second I saw it, I was in absolute love with the masterpiece he had created for me. To say I was in awe, was an absolute understatement. It was simply, singularly and uniquely a work of art. The craftsmanship was unmatched. The attention to detail goes beyond anything imaginable. This was and continues to be the proudest possession I own. In the few weeks after I received the suit, I set up a photo shoot to try to capture the beauty of the armor. Pictures taken, I then proceeded to introduce this to the Cosplay community and the world at large. The reception to it was overwhelming. In a short time, the armor, Samuel and Prince Armory and myself had gone super viral. The images were shared everywhere, including The Stan Winston School of Character Arts! Samuel's work had ignited the internet, and deservedly so. Since 2012, when we first started this project, the Medieval Batman continues to be a fan favorite. It has traveled with me around the world, including being the very first male cosplayer from the United States to attend, as a guest, at the very first ComiCon in Shanghai, China! The reception I get while wearing the armor can only truly be understood if you're wearing it. It is admired by young and old, and I get the same exact feeling to excitement every single time I put it on, without fail. Not a moment of the memories and joy I've had wearing that armor would have been possible without the amazing creativity, craftsmanship and brilliance of Samuel and Prince Armory." - Carlos B.
"I first saw one of Sam's suits when a fellow cosplayer had a Batman suit commissioned. At the time time I was gaining popularity in the cosplay community for my portrayal of Aquaman. But Aquaman was still getting a lot of negativity as an important member of the Justice League due largely to the misunderstandings of the characters true powers and back story. I decided to make it a point to change all of that. I am a big fan of Game of Thrones and saw King after King wear amazing sets of leather armor. So I decided that as the King of Atlantis, Aquaman needed to outfitted in an equally impressive set of armor to show his royal bad ass presence. I contacted Sam and over the course of three months we hashed out the design and then with a goal in mind, a year later I received my beautiful armor. Since that day, I have had images of me suited up as King Aquaman go viral on the internet, I have been asked and have traveled all over the world as a celebrity cosplayer and have even had products made using my likeness while wearing the armor. I have worn the suit over a hundred times and for hours on end in all kinds of weather and it holds up today as well as it did several years ago when I received it. I cannot boast enough about how amazing Sam's work is. If you want something that looks like it came right out of a big budget movie or TV show, you owe it to yourself to invest in Sam's workmanship. I have never been nor will I ever be dissatisfied with my purchase from Prince Armory. I hope to continue to wear this armor proudly for many years to come." Rick ~The True Aquaman~ Stafford
"As a fan and collector of Star Wars, I wanted to cosplay in memory of one the greatest artists of science fiction and fantasy, Ralph McQuarrie. I contacted Prince Armory to help me with the task of creating the character of Luke Starkiller and the results were amazing. I was very impressed with the quality and craftsmanship that was put into the construction. They created a costume that projects it own character and personality. Moving forward, we decided to re-imagine one of the most iconic characters in film and fantasy, Darth Vader. It was a long process, as this was not Prince Armory’s only project, but patience was definitely rewarded. The detail is most impressive and no photos can ever do it any justice. When I don the armor I feel empowered, and another persona takes over. Because it is tailored to you, their armors have full mobility and fits comfortably. The leather craftsmanship of Samuel, and Prince Armory, is second to none. They are true artists in their own right, like Ralph McQuarrie. Thanks to them I have an amazing piece for my collection that is original, can be displayed or worn, and also have fun with. It’s more affordable than some of the life size collectibles I own. I thank Samuel and the Prince Armory team and look forward to working with them on future projects." -Robert W.
"I have collected Dragons for many years since the late 80's. After having over 200 I decided to turn myself into one. A friend told my about Samuel at Prince Armory we started talking about what I was looking for in my dragon suit. Some words where tossed around like show stopper my having a LOVE for all costumes and my favorite holiday being Halloween I knew I found the right man for the job. As far as I know he will never repeat a design so your piece will by unique to you. The measuring chart was amazing so the fit was perfect I can literally say it was made to order. He can make you anything. You can't get more professional or a better fit anywhere. I wore my dragon suit to Folsom Street Faire September 2013 in San Francisco and stopped the Faire for about 6 hours before my gate duty I was posing for pictures non stop with a half circle of people around me all day clicking away I have won best costume as well and can't wait to start going to Cons!" -Bob K.
"The "blood knight" armor was a huge success! I was in costume at anime expo for 27 hours, over 3 days. Over those 3 days I was able to move around for 5 hours, without pausing to have my picture taken! Seriously, bad ass. At blizzcon I wore it for day 0, and again, the amount of people who loved it was over the top. I ran out of your business cards on day 1, however, don't know how many actually hit you up, but told at least 300 people about your website. Thank you, can't ever pay you back for the awesome memories (even through the pain, it was bliss)" -Donovan
Given the infinite possible custom options inherent there is no absolute pricing structure we can list plainly. See our minimums for a starting point and we will give you a quote once we discuss your project. Our focus is on luxury level custom creations- so the cost is more than average – but well worth it.
Minimums ensure that every project will meet our high standards of detail and quality and anything beyond that is up to the client as to just how far they wish to take the project. Currently our minimum for any project is $2000, with most armor suit or wardrobe sets starting at $5000 and the more ornate and complex full suits would be more. To get a more accurate cost assessment please Request a Quote.
• Detail – In terms of design this can be border lines, custom tooling, special dying, various border enhancements, overlays, filigrees, carvings, embellishments, ornamentation, textures, paint and dye techniques, etc.
• Complexity – Layers, design lines, general function and articulation sophistication, enhanced shapes and moldings, etc.
• Artistry – Custom and personalized art developed for a project. It can be stylized designs, advanced figures, or any spectrum of art that you wish to be incorporated into your designs. Often refers to ornate embellishments including scrolls, figures, knot-work, or thematic designs like elven, dwarven, norse, draconic, etc.
• Materials and Hardware – Elaborate buckles, studs, rivets, conchos, adornments as well as specially ordered exotic leathers or other unique features like exotic horns, or horse hair accents etc.
• Speed – You may require a faster turnaround which may also affect cost.
We generally request 25% – 33% as a non-refundable deposit which allows us to order or set aside materials, add the project to the queue, and begin devoting time and energy to the project. Subsequent payments may be requested when construction begins and the remaining balance is requested upon completion and approval of the final product. Shipping is billed afterwards separately at cost.
You may break a project’s cost up over a span of up to 36 monthly payments. You may commence a project with any payment however your position in queue will only be reserved with at least $1000 either as deposit or accumulation of payments.
Standard Queue – Typically 2-3 years for most projects, especially full suits of custom armor. This queue is the most common and synergizes with longer-term payment plans.
Commercial Queue – Typically less than 6 months. Prince Armory reserves limited space each year for certain high-value projects. This route is most common for clients with professional needs such as film productions, theatrical productions, or other entertainment venue purposes. Inquire for pricing. Availability limited.
Expedited Queue – If you have an immediate need we can offer this premium feature in some cases. We will overnight materials and work tirelessly until the project is complete. Inquire for pricing. Availability limited.