Knights of Sidonia Figma Garde figures

We are still waiting on news for when season 3 of Knights of Sidonia Anime series will be released on Netflix. In the mean time lets have a look at the Figma Garde Figures

We have two figures of the Garde, the space mech of the series. The Figma 261 Series 18 Garde (Blue with white) and the Figma 254 Series 17 Grade (white with red). These are basically the same design (and hence figure) but with restyle parts much like car is given a facelift.

The series 17 is numbered 704 and is the “hero” craft of the series know as the Tsugumori  piloted by Nagate Tanikaze , while the 18 is numbered 291 which is piloted Izana Shinatose of which many are represented with various different numbers in the series

The figures are designed to be used with the supplied stands, they are extremely difficult to stand without them, which is fine as there are mostly depicted as flying though space. Accessories and options include replaceable hands, alternative firing head, bladed arm guards, spear and rail gun. The boost pack is adjustable and extendible.

If you prefer a more hands on model there is also the Kotobukiya Tsugumori Knights of Sidonia. This is the animation version and is 1/100 scale. Unfortunately I broke the c-clip on the neck which is a rather strange part of the model. The rail gun has many extension so can be extended to a ridiculousless length.

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Macross Delta Valkyrie VF-31 Model Kit

Not all transforming robots are transformers (or Go-bots). The original G1 Jetfire/Skyfire toys was actually a Bandai toy from Macross (also know in the West as the first 3rd of the robotech series). Well Bandai continue to make Macross products based on the series with the latest been Macross Delta. I started with the 1/72 scale model kit and quickly escalated.

And it transforms. Its almost perfect, one or two bits need to be added/taken away for it to work 100% and I did glue a few piece that have a habit of falling off. Also there is the visible cap in jet mode. But for a push together model kit it is great.

And if you want something a bit more premium you can also get a Bandai DX Chogokin action figure

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Lego Super Star Destroyer

My Lego Super Star Destroyer which has was been prepared to be sent to ebay. A nice quite massive piece which is also quite sturdy, about the only thinks that fall off easy are vanity parts on the stand and the bridge. A bit tight with the mini figs though with only 5 in the set.

The Big Binder of Instructions

The Box

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Vampire Minion

I like the “Minions”. Crazy little yellow things that run around with helpful intentions but are ultimately inept and kinda hopeless, it reminds my of something… I have 5 plush minions scattered around in various places. First time and have seen these about and I picked it up from B&M for £5. Technically its a Plush Clip-on, however you could always cut the clip off. There where about 5 different ones to collect and I got the Vampire one so I can go Bleh! Bleh! Bleh! with it

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Windows 8: Fixing it, Banishing the Metro UI

So for whatever reason you have ended up with a desktop PC with Windows 8/8.1 and you hate it. Now some people actually like it in its default form, congratulations to those people on trying to bring the PC desktop back 20+ years with its full screen apps and lack of actual ‘windows’ in the default metro ui, please stay away from our desktops and go buy a tablet or something.

For the rest of us fear not, Windows 8 can be saved and made useful again.

1) Upgrade to Windows 8.1

It a free upgrade, in order to get it on Windows 8 you will need to install the normal windows updates and then find this upgrade in the Metro UI Store.


The download is over 3GB and seems more of a os reinstall than an upgrade. It is essential for some of the other fixes

2) Make it boot to the Desktop


With 8.1 we also have more options now on how our system works and can make the system boot to the desktop

Right Click on the taskbar in desktop mode and click properties



Then Click on the navigation tab and tick “When I sign in or close all applications on a screen, go to the desktop instead of start



3) Add a Proper Start Button

You may have noticed the 8.1 upgrade has added a start button. It is not a true one as it does not bring up you programs (you can make it take you to you app list but as usual its just a full screen mess of limited usefulness). Fortuity there are several replacements and I started with this article here. All have a different appeal but I while I found start menu 8 to be quite fancy, it seems gear towards a purchase of the pro version. Start Menu Reviver is a new style of start and what you would call a metro title inspired start button.

I tried them all and picked Classic Shell and feel right at home. It is free with no annoying prompts and buttons asking you to buy the “pro version” and gives you the option of 3 era’s of start menu windows 98, vista, windows 7. Also you will no longer need an IT degree to work out how to shut down the computer.


In Class Shell you can always access Metro via the start screen button.

These are all installed/uninstalled as normal programs and replace the start button in windows 8.1 on the desktop

4) Automatic login (Optional)

We need to run a program called netplwiz


You can do this via the search box on our proper start menu. When it loads in the user tab, uncheck the “User must enter a username and password to use this computer”

5) Change the default Apps

For reason know only to Microsoft most things are by default opened with the Metro full screen versions of Apps (anyone who try to rotate a picture with the shipped windows 8 will tell you have awful they are; its does actually have buttons now but it is still full screen rubbish).

You will need some new programs to open some file types as they have no non-metro version.

In particular:

Adobe Reader (PDF)Picture viewer (Included with windows)

And that will do for now, there are other things but hopefully this will get you the desktop you know and love back, make you PC a productive member of society again and end the dreaming that one day Linux will actually “just work” when you bring home a new game/program.Share This: