I like that you tried the larger yarn/hook size. This guy has such nice shaping particularly with the eyes, and well constructed tentacles that I think the true effect only really comes out in a larger size amigurumi. Sometimes a lot of shaping and extra "bits" on smaller dolls can result in a lot of impact or a cluttered look, so making him larger gives all the fantastic work you put into him space to really come out.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and detailed compliments! I've been toying around with this pattern for awhile and I totally agree on how a larger hook improves the shaping. Thank you for making my day