I actually don't mind either way, both look fine to me. I am anxiously awaiting this figure...could possibly be my favorite out of the whole line. One thing to keep in mind is that during the production process you will NEVER have a complete exact replica from prototype to production figure and that has to do with the type of material used to produce a prototype versus the final version. Most likely that first Octavia we saw was a Hardcopy which is cast in a hard silicone resin. It's more of a model than a figure, all parts are pinned in and not sonic welded. They are generally more detailed and refined. Keep in mind that when a figure Hardcopy prototype is made, many hours go into creating that piece. More time and patience is used to get all the tiny details worked out. I have done many comparisons of my own on Hardcopies vs production figure and the differences are very noticeable. Most likely the reason for the larger skirt area is because you won't have any leg articulation, or at best very minimal articulation. If you look at the legs in the Power Con version you can clearly see that the articulation in the legs would be hindered.