Kotobukiya has quite a history of recoloring previously released figures and launching them as new ones, and their latest announcement is just one of them. From the game “Shining Hearts,” Urayukihime/Hayane could at first be labeled as a Blanc Neige lookalike and such claims are justifiable.
What’s completely absurd is that Kotobukiya will also be using the sculpt of the just released Blanc Neige Swimsuit Ver. for this one, same pose and same face. They just added a few “enhancements” like the katana and the black color scheme to pass it off as Hayane. For those who don’t have the Neige figure yet, great. For those who have, well it depends on your need to add another snow woman with the same pose. Kotobukiya’s Urayukihime/Hayane will be released in January 2012 for the now standard 6800 yen.
Images taken from AmiAmi.