Officially endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church around 1129, the Order became a favoured charity throughout Christendom and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades.
The Templars' existence was tied closely to the Crusades; when the Holy Land was lost, support for the Order faded. Rumours about the Templars' secret initiation ceremony created mistrust and King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Order, took advantage of the situation. In 1307, many of the Order's members in France were arrested, tortured into giving false confessions, and then burned at the stake. Under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement V disbanded the Order in 1312. The abrupt disappearance of a major part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends, which have kept the "Templar" name alive into the modern day.
ACI will not be just producing one Templar Knight Brother but four different styles of the Templar Knights to be released soon. This is the Version A Knight Templar Brother. They have also released pictures of the Version B Templar Knight Sub-field Marshal which I will show in my NEXT toy blog post. Meanwhile, scroll down and check out all the pictures of ACI Toys 1/6th scale Crusader Knight Templars – Version A Knight Templar Brother. Click on them for bigger and better views.
June 13, 2008 – 1/6 scale Knight Hospitaller medieval action figure by Ignite reviewed HERE
May 25, 2010 – Elite Brigade 1:6 scale Medieval Knight 12-inch figure by Cotswold Collectibles posted HERE
June 17, 2010 – Knight and Day. Check out Playmobil's Black Knight figure, released in 1997 - pictures HERE
October 12, 2014 – Preview of ACI Toys ACI-23 1/6th scale Medieval Knight Hospitaller Crusader 12-inch action figure HERE