Tentacle Armada turns twelve years old today! Obviously there’s been the expected spate of non-posting which has unfortunately become the norm here, but aside from that, the past twelve months have obviously been more notable for a global pandemic unprecedented in the lives of everyone in the United States except perhaps some centenarians who lived through the 1918 flu outbreak. As I’ve mentioned before, the last year actually has been pretty good for me; I’m doing very well in my work, nobody that I know has been infected by COVID, and I’ve mostly weaned myself off of World of Warcraft, which I’ve had a love-hate relationship with for over a decade. The extra time has given me opportunities to indulge my most recent hobby, which is collecting and shopping for wristwatches. As far as games go, lately I’ve been playing Epic Seven and also some Azur Lane, though not nearly as much as I used to. It comes to mind that I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed a shipgirl figure from either Azur Lane or Kantai Collection here, which is a little strange given how dominant both franchises have been in the figure world for the last few years.
I haven’t actually received many figures in the past year; a bunch of them are stuck in Japan, victims of Japan Post’s moratorium on air-shipping parcels to the United States. I do have a couple of FREEing bunnygirl figures that were sent via surface parcel a few months ago; I have no idea where they are or if they’ll ever arrive, and that uncertainty has made me really leery of having anything else shipped by that method. It seems that I won’t be receiving many new figures, aside from PCS’s big-ass 1/3 scale Cammy statue that I don’t think I can review and Prime 1’s Reika Shimohira (White Version) statue, which I’m looking forward to but also am not sure if I will review. I definitely have no shortage of figures to photograph, though – I think the backlog is well over a hundred figures, so there are going to be a lot of seemingly-random reviews of figures both recent and not at all recent posted here in the coming months.
I’ve been deliberating the past few years about changing this site’s layout; the theme is called Twenty Ten and was originally created, as one might expect, in 2010. It’s fairly outdated – a line of code in one of the theme files that was incompatible with a recent WordPress release was the reason why comments stopped appearing a few months back – and it looks really antiquated. However, I kinda feel like my programming days are behind me – I’m very happy not to be a software developer anymore in my day job and given the diminished status that blogs seem to have these days, I don’t feel that it’s worth the effort. I’m not even sure what a contemporary blog looks like, anyway; the ones I still read also look like they date from 2010. One change I did think about was eliminating the sidebar, which takes up a good deal of room, but I looked at the site on my phone and the narrow layout – a relic from a time when many computer displays were like 1280 pixels wide – actually looks okay on a phone screen when zoomed in a bit. That said, I do think the aggregated figure gallery page has become very unwieldy and slow to scroll through; I might look for a WordPress plugin that can generate a dynamic image gallery. I also think it’s time for some different figures in the randomly-generated header image; I think I last updated that maybe eight or nine years ago.
Normally this is where I’d type some platitude about hoping to take pictures of figures more frequently but as it turns out, I’ve actually got a bunch of figures already photographed and ready for editing and writeups. Here’s some pictures of figures that ought to be posted up here soon: