I’m not trying to be cynical, but I think people are reading too far into his posts.I'm aware of this person's personal work. But he was also a real imagineer up until February, he worked as a dresser for Disney's animatronics. And he has already confirmed outright that at least one figure (the stork from Disneyland) is being reused for Tiana. Heavily indicating that the others he posted will be as well. If he was just replicating the Swamp Boys for personal use, he would use the classic hat design and not a Mardi Gras one.
I was also told well before any of these posts were made that they would in fact be reusing the America Sings figures. Something that makes sense given the artwork. I already trusted my source, and am now quite confident that this is the case. The only questions are how many of them will be reused (I was told all of the America Sings ones, but we'll see if that rings true). And how they will approach WDW's given that version never got copies of all the Disneyland's characters.
Take it from a fellow cynic, there is such a thing as being too skeptical of things. Whatever concerns I may still have about this attraction, the animatronics (whether quality, quantity etc) are no longer one of them.
The costuming on the replica Gator could in fact be one he designed for the real thing, but that is most certainly not one of the official swamp boy figures used at WDW. The most we can do is speculate.
As we know from his previous posts, it is implied that he was tasked with redressing these figures during a refurb. That explains the close up pictures. As for his odd caption on the stork post, I think he was just trying to be funny. As soon as he saw people in the comments interpreting it as confirmation of it being reused, he changed the description.
I am hopeful that some of these figures reused, but all we can do right now is speculate. There’s been no confirmation of it in any of the press releases or concept art of the current direction of the project. The fact that they keep stating “new animatronics” would imply they aren’t, but we won’t know for sure until they announce something or when the ride opens.