Sunday, October 12, 2014

Preview: ACI Toys ACI-23 1/6th scale Medieval Knight Hospitaller Crusader 12-inch action figure

The Knights Hospitaller, also known as the Hospitallers, Order of Hospitallers, Knights of Saint John and Order of Saint John, were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders during the Middle Ages. The Hospitallers probably arose as a group of individuals associated with an Amalfitan hospital in the Muristan district of Jerusalem, which was dedicated to St John the Baptist and founded around 1023 by Blessed Gerard Thom to provide care for poor, sick or injured pilgrims to the Holy Land. After the Latin Christian conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 during the First Crusade, the organisation became a religious and military order under its own Papal charter, and it was charged with the care and defence of the Holy Land. Following the conquest of the Holy Land by Islamic forces, the Order operated from Rhodes, over which it was sovereign, and later from Malta where it administered a vassal state under the Spanish viceroy of Sicily.

This upcoming release of the ACI Toys ACI-23 1/6 scale Medieval Knight Hospitaller Crusader 12-inch figure certainly looks very promising. He has the Cross of the Knights Hospitaller and the Flag of the Order of Malta and does look very authentic in design and details. I recently posted an entry titled "Military kit through the ages" HERE which showed photos of everything a British soldier carried in the field from the 11th century (the Battle of Hastings was in 1066) right up to present day Helmand Province, 2014 but the Hospitallers were not featured.

Ignite did release a Knights Hospitaller 12-inch figure sometime back but debate has been ongoing as to whether it was an accurate depiction. Check out the review and toy blog post HERE

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ACI Toys ACI-23 1/6th scale Medieval Knight Hospitaller Crusader 12-inch action figure will come with Detailed Sculpted Head, Extra Head (with Chain mail Coif fixed on the head) for wearing helmet 12-inch figure Body (Medium Built Body-Christian, New improved version, over 30 points of articulation), Gloved hand x 2 pairs, Cushioned Cotton Cloth Tunic, Breeches and Chauses / Hosen, Hospitaller Surcoat, Hospitaller Cloak, Handmade Boots, Chain mail Hauberk and Chain mail Coif (both made of plastic fabric, not real metal chain), Closed Helmet (Die-cast Metal), Great Sword (Die-cast Metal) with scabbard and baldrick, Dagger (Die-cast Metal) and Sheath, Lance with banner (Die-cast Metal Lance tip), Shield

Related posts:
September 2, 2011 – ACI 1/6 scale "Flamma" Gladiator of Rome 12-inch Figure reviewed HERE and HERE
April 8, 2013 – ACI Toys 1/6 scale Warriors III Roman General (Maximus Decimus Meridius) 12-inch figure posted on my toy blog HERE, HERE and HERE
April 27, 2014 – Review of ACI Toys "Total Rome!" 1/6 scale Roman Legionary Optio 12-inch action figure HERE, HERE and HERE

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