WEBSITE: Amazing Armory (coming soon)
LOCATION: Hong Kong
ACCESSORIES AVAILABLE VIA:
United Armory, FireStar Toys
PRICE: expensive but amazing!
SHIPPING: check the websites of the above listed USA or UK reseller.
If you want to equip your LEGO minifigs with the most unique custom accessories, you would have to check out Hazel Tam’s work. Hazel is a Hong Kong based customizer, and his skills to create custom elements are wicked!
QUALITY: Hazel’s focus is primarily on creating custom accessories (armor, helmets, weapons, etc.) based on video-games, comics and fantasy worlds. Each of his custom pieces is hand-crafted then cast in durable ABS plastic. He also makes sure that his custom pieces fit LEGO minifigures as well as possible.
MOLD DETAIL: Hazel’s work is more organic and unique than machine-made elements. They are the work of an artist. Hazel puts a lot of effort into every tiny detail, giving his accessories an action-figure style realistic look.
COLORS: Hazel tries to match LEGO colors, or at least create colors that would fit well with LEGO elements. Because most of Hazel’s customs are only released in one or two colors, LEGO-fans often further customize them by various methods of painting or dying (as you can see on the United Armory logo above).
In 2010 Hazel also released a really sweet guitar-set that has been available in many solid and translucent colors.
SUMMARY: Hazel’s custom pieces are totally unique. It is really worth getting some just for the novelty of the pieces. (Check out my Space Marines featuring Hazel’s custom pieces!) Prices are high, but due to the rarity and uniqueness of the items, demand is also very high. You can always resell the pieces you no longer want on the secondary market, although I doubt you would want to part with them.
Hazel’s own website, Amazing Armory (also referred to as AMA) has been under construction. However most of his custom pieces are available through his USA reseller United Armory (run by PEDRO), and his UK reseller Firestar Toys. Visit their stores and make your minifigs happy!