Looks like christysports raised the price from $363.95 to $519.99.
Congrats to everyone who got one before they adjusted the price.
Damn, that sucks (but makes me glad I pulled the trigger when I did)!
Anyway, heard back from the Never Summer peeps, and can share some info on a couple things (as far as differences w/ the Snowtrooper vs the SL/Legacy boards):
The Snowtrooper is a "twinish" slightly-directional profile/shape, not a true twin shape, and also it's a directional flex w/ a slightly stiffer tail (this is different than the SL/Legacy boards, which were pretty much a twin w/ just set-back insert patterns, and twin-shape, twin-flex).
This makes sense to me, as though I had read that the new shape came from the Ripsaw, now after having one in-person (and hopping around a bunch on it in my living room lol), and looking at the thing, it actually looks like it's got more like the Cobra's shape, not the Ripsaw's... The tail is the slightest bit more blunted than the nose, and looking at the rise of the the tips, the nose comes up a slight bit higher than the tail.
EDIT: This was confirmed by NS, according to them the Snowtrooper shape is more similar to the Cobra's, directional, but not nearly as directional as the Heritage or Chairman, saying "It is a slight difference (from being a true twin), so you won't really be able to feel it much if you centered your bindings". Also, Cobra is their regular RC, the Snowtrooper is the EXRC w/ the low-profile tips like the Proto boards.
So IMHO: Cobra + Proto - Carbonium = Snowtrooper.
I dig it, it's very "twinish" and I can tell it will ride good w/ a centered stance, but at the same time it's got some "directionalish" things going on in there too that might be great for most of us looking to use it all over the mountain as well as in the park (as pretty much no one rides normal/switch 50%/50% of the time).
To me, even with a Cobra-ish shape, seems it's more like a directional Proto than a Cobra; a bit softer, maybe a better all-arounder if more than a few park visits are included in what you think of as "All-Mountain"; it seems to be definitly playful enough for buttering and stuff, but it has the pop to it too.