It’s not always easy to get hold of the Lego Mindstorms kit in Australia.
The only barrier to entry I put on the school robotics group I run is that each child should provide their own kit. And each year parents run about trying to get hold of one with varying degrees of success.
Big W has them in stock for the substantial price of $450, which is the same as the Lego store itself. Right now, though, there are a few kits available via Ebay – with the cost in the low- to mid-$300s – which appears to be a much better deal.
UPDATE APRIL 2013: IT’S ALL CHANGED, SEE – LEGO MINDSTORMS PLAYS HARD TO GET IN AUSTRALIA