WHY wasn't this out for Christmas this year?

Lego, those folks who brought you Mindstorms in the first place, have done it again--they've announced a next-generation programmable brick, the NXT, that offers some really cool enhancements, including Bluetooth capability. Suddenly, the old Robotwar clones from ages ago take on an entirely new meaning....

More interestingly, supposedly they've announced that the VM itself will be documented, which leads me to wonder how long before we see J-NXT and NXT#. It's amazing how the managed environment is just spreading like wildfire through the world, if'n you ask me....

Hey, Santa, if you're listening, this just went on my list in a BIG way. :-)